Result
3rd Match, Dhaka, Jan 14 2009, Tri-Nation Tournament in Bangladesh
(30.3/31 ov)
147
(23.5/31 ov, target 148)
151/5
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 43 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Bangladesh
1y
• Cricinfo staff

Shakib powers Bangladesh to final

Shakib Al Hasan's powerhouse batting and inspired bowling performances from vice-captain Mashrafe Mortaza and debutant Rubel Hossain ensured Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in the third match of the tri-series and, more importantly, secured a place in the final

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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka147(30.3 overs)
Bangladesh151/5(23.5 overs)

Bangladesh have claimed the bonus point and they have edged out Zimbabwe and will meet Sri Lanka again in the final on Friday. Shakib finishes unbeaten on 92 off 69 balls and his team-mates must be overawed. He certainly took my breath away with his confidence and audacity. Murali and Mendis were negated and attacked and that proved to be the turning point. It came to a stage when Jayawardene ran out of ideas but any captain would have been helpless in the end. It seemed impossible to set fields for Shakib, who regularly made room and improvised.

Mashfiq, our reader from India: "Wish I were there in the ground now to witness this innings. I guess, it's one of the best ODI innings that any Bangladeshi batsmen has ever played."

Golam, from Bangladesh: "Cheers to Shakib Al Hasan. He is the only consistent player in Bangladesh team. We expect good success for him."

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Here's Jayawardene: "It was a bit difficult batting first, but there was no excuse for falling 25-30 short, but obviously credit to Shakib. The batsmen didn't take any responsibility, I don't think we can blame the bowlers much."

Ashraful: "We played professional cricket, all the guys bowled well and we fielded well. Shakib played a brilliant innings and I supported him. I hope we play well in the final."

Shakib: "Best innings in my career so far, I was middling it well. The plans worked well. I didn't target anyone and played each ball to its merits. I'd like to thank the crowd."

So Bangladesh record their second win over Sri Lanka in ODIs. The first was at Bogra in 2006. Thanks for your company, especially through the agonising three and a half hours in the morning when fog delayed play.

We'll see you in the final on Friday. Let's hope the weather cooperates. Cheers!

23.5
6
Mendis to Naeem Islam, SIX runs
going, going gone! Mendis overpitches on middle and leg and he takes a few paces down and lofts him through the line over long-on, there are several green shirts on the field
23.4
4
Mendis to Naeem Islam, FOUR runs
now Naeem gets in to the act, he charges down the pitch and drives him firmly past mid-off, in all the excitement he hugs his partner
23.3
1
Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run
gets on his knee early and paddles it away to fine leg
23.2
2
Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs
very risky but he just clears the offside, he makes room to carve it over but it's just out of the reach of jayawardene at extra cover
23.1
1
Mendis to Naeem Islam, 1 run
end of over 2310 runs
BDESH: 137/5CRR: 5.95 • RRR: 1.37 • Need 11 from 48b
Shakib Al Hasan89 (67)
Naeem Islam1 (3)
Muttiah Muralitharan6-0-40-0
Ajantha Mendis6-0-23-1
22.6
Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, no run
makes room to slam it again but finds short extra cover
22.5
4
Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR runs
take that again! Murali overpitches outside leg, he makes room and smacks it in the front foot with brute forces and crashes it past the arc between mid-off and cover
22.4
1
Muralitharan to Naeem Islam, 1 run
full on the pads and driven to long-on
22.3
1
Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run
tucks it off his pads to the deep on the on side
22.2
Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, no run
the quicker one, he chops it back to the bowler
22.1
4
Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR runs
what a treat it is watching this guy bat, Murali comes round the wicket, he makes plenty of room and slams it square of the wicket on the off side, he finds the gap and beats sweeper cover

Murali continues

end of over 221 runs • 1 wicket
BDESH: 127/5CRR: 5.77 • RRR: 2.33 • Need 21 from 54b
Naeem Islam0 (2)
Shakib Al Hasan80 (62)
Ajantha Mendis6-0-23-1
Nuwan Kulasekara6-1-45-1

We are already in the 3rd Powerplay which is for 3 overs

21.6
Mendis to Naeem Islam, no run
same ball and the same result, he taps it to point
21.5
Mendis to Naeem Islam, no run
gets beside the line and steers it to point and Shakib sends him back
21.4
1
Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run
shuffles at the crease and whips it down to midwicket
21.3
w
Mendis to Raqibul Hasan, OUT
very poor shot and an excellent catch by Murali, Raqibul goes for broke and tries to clear long-off, he plays away from the body and the ball is skied towards mid-off, Murali runs back, tumbles and takes a difficult catch
Raqibul Hasan c Muralitharan b Mendis 3 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00
21.2
Mendis to Raqibul Hasan, no run
defends with soft hands again
21.1
Mendis to Raqibul Hasan, no run
defends softly to the off side and Raqibul sends his partner back
end of over 2114 runs
BDESH: 126/4CRR: 6 • RRR: 2.20 • Need 22 from 60b
Raqibul Hasan3 (3)
Shakib Al Hasan79 (61)
Nuwan Kulasekara6-1-45-1
Muttiah Muralitharan5-0-30-0
20.6
1
Kulasekara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run
places it in front of mid-off with soft hands and sets off very quickly
Best performances - batsmen
Shakib Al Hasan
92 runs (69)
10 fours
2 sixes
Control87%
Productive shot
pull/hook on front foot
26 runs
3 fours
2 sixes
75106292824
ST Jayasuriya
54 runs (64)
7 fours
0 sixes
Control82%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
20 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
534980322
Best performances - bowlers
Rubel Hossain
O
5.3
M
0
R
33
W
4
Eco
6.00
Mashrafe Mortaza
O
7
M
1
R
25
W
3
Eco
3.57
Match details
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka
TossBangladesh , elected to field first
SeriesTri-Nation Tournament in Bangladesh 2009
Player Of The Match
Shakib Al Hasan
Match numberODI no. 2793
Season2008/09
Hours of play (local time)09.00 start, First Session 09.00-12.30 Interval 12.30-13.15, Second Session 13.15-16.45
Match days14 January 2009 (50-over match)
ODI debut
Rubel Hossain
Umpires
Nadir Shah
Billy Doctrove
TV Umpire
AFM Akhtaruddin
Reserve Umpire
Sharfuddoula
Match Referee
Alan Hurst
PointsBangladesh 5, Sri Lanka 0