Final, Dhaka, Jan 16 2009, Tri-Nation Tournament in Bangladesh
(48.1/50 ov, target 153)
Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
SL Innings
Full commentary

The entire Sri Lanka support staff make their way on to the field, Murali's wife cheers from the stands. He may not have done much with the ball today but his exhilarating hitting in the Powerplay killed all of Bangladesh's hopes.

I need to catch my breath folks. This has to be one of the most intriguing matches I have seen.

Bangladesh did everything right in the field till the last Powerplay. They should have fired in the yorkers but instead, Murali was given width and the right length to play his favourite slog. The gamble of persisting with Rubel didn't pay off. But having said that, one has to praise Bangladesh for the way they fought. They will take back a lot of positives from here.

Looks like it will be a tough choice for the Man of the Match. Sangakkara's application and patience was of the top draw. Murali biffed his team home in a hurry. I'd give it to the man who shaped the chase, that is Sangakkara.

Satvir from India: "Sri Lanka may have won the match, but Bangladesh have won the confidence of its supporters. They showed how they can shape some really great victories. Hats off to them!"

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Ashraful collects the runners up cheque. He said: "I'm really proud of my players. We fell short by 30 runs I think. We played too many bad shots. Raqibul and our bowlers did extremely well."

Sangakkara is the Man of the Match for his all-round show today. He also took two brilliant catches. He said: "Bangladesh showed a lot of character. I'm surprised to get this because Murali won this for us in the end. We just had to bat the overs and bat out the game for as long as possible. I think the guys showed a lot of character but we need to improve."

Shakib is the Man of the Series: "All the bowlers had a good time but not the batsmen." Didn't say much there.

Jayawardene: "Kumar batted brilliantly, Murali has been practicing his batting for the last couple of months. Our fielding was quite good today. We just need to keep working hard and improving. We need to bat through." He also thanks the crowd.

This series didn't have much going for it on paper before it began but it turned out to be more evenly matched than one imagined. Sri Lanka now head to Pakistan for three ODIs before taking on India. Zimbabwe stay back in Bangladesh for three ODIs.

I enjoyed bringing this thriller to you. Thanks for your company. This is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers!

Naeem Islam to Maharoof, 1 run
it's all over, he makes a bit of room and swipes it across the line and bets midwicket, Maharoof can't hide his delight and Murali gives him a bear hug, Shakib squats in disappointment
end of over 4812 runs
SL: 152/8CRR: 3.16 • RRR: 0.50 • Need 1 run from 12b
Muttiah Muralitharan33 (16)
Farveez Maharoof37 (75)
Rubel Hossain9-2-52-0
Shakib Al Hasan10-2-22-2
Rubel Hossain to Muralitharan, FOUR runs
and the scores are level! He makes room to a short ball and swings, the top edge sails over a hapless Rahim and runs away fir four
Rubel Hossain to Muralitharan, SIX runs
Murali never ceases to amaze! He makes room to an overpitched ball and he clubs it high over deep midwicket! Good Lord that sailed into the crowd
Rubel Hossain to Maharoof, 1 run
strays on the body and he shuffles and clips it to the on side
Rubel Hossain to Maharoof, no run
makes room and Rubel follows him. he swings and misses and Rahim does brilliantly to fling himself to his left and save a boundary
Rubel Hossain to Muralitharan, 1 run
he makes room again and biffs a short ball from outside off, the ball is in the air for a few anxious moments before dropping short of midwicket
Rubel Hossain to Muralitharan, no run
bangs in the bouncer, he makes room and tries an upper cut but there isn;t any signal by the umpires, Murali gestures in surprise

Will that 20-run over cost them? Remarkably Rubel continues. Will this gamble pay off?

end of over 472 runs
SL: 140/8CRR: 2.97 • RRR: 4.33 • Need 13 runs from 18b
Farveez Maharoof36 (73)
Muttiah Muralitharan22 (12)
Shakib Al Hasan10-2-22-2
Rubel Hossain8-2-40-0
Shakib Al Hasan to Maharoof, no run
makes room to cut but the ball skids through, he chops it down to the covers
Shakib Al Hasan to Maharoof, no run
thrusts his pad forward and taps it to the off side
Shakib Al Hasan to Maharoof, no run
gets forward and works it to the on side
Shakib Al Hasan to Maharoof, 2 runs
strays on the pads and he clips it away wide of short fine leg
Shakib Al Hasan to Maharoof, no run
gets well forward and defends again, he's patient here
Shakib Al Hasan to Maharoof, no run
flighted on middle and leg and defended

15 off 24 balls

end of over 4620 runs
SL: 138/8CRR: 3 • RRR: 3.75 • Need 15 runs from 24b
Muttiah Muralitharan22 (12)
Farveez Maharoof34 (67)
Rubel Hossain8-2-40-0
Naeem Islam9-2-28-0
Rubel Hossain to Muralitharan, SIX runs
this is pulsating stuff! Rubal overpitches on middle and leg, he makes room, gets under it and lofts him for a straight six
Rubel Hossain to Muralitharan, no run
fires it on a full length outside off and he nearly feathers an edge to the keeper