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Murali cameo clinches humdinger

Muttiah Muralitharan's late cameo clinched the trophy for Sri Lanka after a pulsating low-scoring match in Mirpur

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KC Sangakkara
KC Sangakkara
59(133) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %94%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 15 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
3 2 7 3 13 4 1 22
Raqibul Hasan
43(107) 1x4 - 0x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 18 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 8 7 3 6 2 7 9

Best performances - Bowlers

KMDN Kulasekara
KMDN Kulasekara
O8
M1
R19
W3
Eco2.37
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
BAW Mendis
O9.4
M0
R24
W3
Eco2.48
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Sri Lanka , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Sri Lanka won the 2008/09 Tri-Nation Tournament in Bangladesh

Match number

Season

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 days

16 January 2009 (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

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!"

Stay with us for the presentation.

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!

48.1
1
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:
48 | 12 Runs | SL: 152/8 (1 run required from 12 balls, RR: 3.16, RRR: 0.50)

  • Muttiah Muralitharan33 (16b)
  • Farveez Maharoof37 (75b)
  • Rubel Hossain9-2-52-0
  • Shakib Al Hasan10-2-22-2
47.6
4
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
47.5
6
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
47.4
1
Rubel Hossain to Maharoof, 1 run, strays on the body and he shuffles and clips it to the on side
47.3
0
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
47.2
1
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

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st0ST JayasuriyaWU Tharanga
2nd4KC SangakkaraWU Tharanga
3rd0DPMD JayawardeneKC Sangakkara
4th1KC SangakkaraCK Kapugedera
5th1KC SangakkaraT Thushara
6th45J MubarakKC Sangakkara
7th63KC SangakkaraMF Maharoof
8th0MF MaharoofKMDN Kulasekara
9th39M MuralitharanMF Maharoof