result
6th Match (D/N), Dhaka, Mar 20 2012, Asia Cup
(37.1/40 ov)212/5
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 17 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
56 (46) & 2/56
shakib-al-hasan

So Bangladesh will meet Pakistan day after in the Asia Cup final. Do join us then, for the moment this is Abhishek Purohit signing off. Have a look at Kanishkaa Balachandran's match report, and log on for stories from Siddarth Ravindran and Mohammad Isam later. And all Bangladesh fans, savour the taste of a well-deserved victory. Bidae nicchhi

Shakib Al Hasan, wearing a tall Bangladesh-flag-coloured cap, is the Man of the Match. Shakib: "The way we expected our crowd to support us, they did exactly that. We have been consistent throught the tournament. Hopefully we will put up a good show in the final. Nazmul bowled really well, he came back after two-three months, it is not easy to do well. Nasir and Mahmudullah played terrific innings, their partnership won us the game. We have found some players who can win matches for us."

Mushfiqur Rahim: "It has been a great tournament for us. Everyone chipped in. Nazmul Hossain did well, that set up the game. We had a stiff target after the rain, but Shakib and Tamim batted well. There are five or six people performing in every game. The final is one of the biggest achievements in our cricketing history. Hopefully we will cross that hurdle. It is a great boost to have the crowd supporting you."

Mahela Jayawardene: "We did not play to our potential, quite a few mistakes, never got into a rhythm, Bangladesh played very well today, they created opportunities from the start. We felt the wicket was much slower, it came on better after the rain. We had our opportunity when they were 135 for 5, but some wayward bowling gave it away. It was a team effort from Bangladesh. Always going to be tough when you play Bangladesh at home."

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stands up and applauds, Nasir Hossain screams in delight, Shakib Al Hasan is the first to run out of the dressing room. The team are taking a lap of the Shere Bangla, Bangladesh flags waving proudly all around. They have taken out both the World Cup 2011 finalists and came close to beating former ODI world champions Pakistan. Massive moment for Bangladesh. No one gave them a chance in the lead-up to this tournament. They have made a mess of all predictions. At 135 for 5, the Bangladesh of old would have folded. Not this Bangladesh team though. They did it in their frenetic way at the top, but look no further than Nasir Hossain for one of the coolest young heads going around.

Coming on the back of a gruelling tri-series in Australia, Sri Lanka have looked flat, jaded and out of sorts.

Shenbagaraja: "Victory for bangladesh against any team is no longer an upset!!!"

37.1
4
Lakmal to Nasir, FOUR runs

that will be it, Bangladesh are through to the final of the Asia Cup, mid on's dive cannot prevent the drive from rushing towards the straight boundary

end of over 373 runs
BAN: 208/5CRR: 5.62 RRR: 1.33
Nasir Hossain32 (60)
Mahmudullah32 (33)
Lasith Malinga 8-0-29-0
Tillakaratne Dilshan 2-0-12-0
36.6
1
Malinga to Nasir, 1 run

full toss played out to mid on for a single

36.5
Malinga to Nasir, no run

inside edges a yorker to Sanga's left, the keeper does superbly to collect it

36.4
1
Malinga to Mahmudullah, 1 run

very low full toss tucked off the pad to fine leg

36.3
Malinga to Mahmudullah, no run

full delivery, driven to extra cover

36.2
Malinga to Mahmudullah, no run

bends forward to a low full toss, inside edges it to midwicket

36.1
1
Malinga to Nasir, 1 run

appeal for lbw as the yorker zooms in towards the legs, rolls towards fine leg, it took the bat, as replays show

batting Powerplay time

end of over 366 runs
BAN: 205/5CRR: 5.69 RRR: 1.75
Mahmudullah31 (30)
Nasir Hossain30 (57)
Tillakaratne Dilshan 2-0-12-0
Suranga Lakmal 7-0-40-1
35.6
2
Dilshan to Mahmudullah, 2 runs

two more, worked in front of square leg, they come back by the time deep midwicket gets across

35.5
1
Dilshan to Nasir, 1 run

easy work off the pad to deep square

35.4
1
Dilshan to Mahmudullah, 1 run

he took it from middle and leg, made room and slapped it to sweeper cover

35.3
1
Dilshan to Nasir, 1 run

tucked through square leg for a single

35.2
Dilshan to Nasir, no run

forced back to the bowler from the crease

35.1
1
Dilshan to Mahmudullah, 1 run

nudged wide of short fine leg

prabhakarp: "Habib, we are the world champions (twice), you folks are celebrating reaching asia cup finals, the gap is too much (in case you are thinking that the two teams are comparable), And yes, Bangladesh team is welcome to India."

end of over 352 runs
BAN: 199/5CRR: 5.68 RRR: 2.60
Nasir Hossain28 (54)
Mahmudullah27 (27)
Suranga Lakmal 7-0-40-1
Lasith Malinga 7-0-26-0
34.6
Lakmal to Nasir, no run

they keep going for yorker after yorker and Bangladesh continue to deny them, another very full one pushed hard to mid off

34.5
Lakmal to Nasir, no run

drives a near-yorker back to the bowler, nothing happening for Sri Lanka, India's hopes nearly gone, Bangladesh wait eagerly

34.5
1w
Lakmal to Nasir, 1 wide

wide called, the short ball gets up, it gets up too much

34.4
Lakmal to Nasir, no run

pushed off the front foot to mid off

34.3
Lakmal to Nasir, no run

yorker arrives just on off, Nasir digs it out to point

34.2
Lakmal to Nasir, no run

close call for Nasir, he is sent back after dabbing a slow one towards backward point, Dilshan lets the throw rip, it misses

34.1
1
Lakmal to Mahmudullah, 1 run

he really had a crack at that pull as he arched back, straight to deep midwicket though

Habib: "Malinga magic no more, mighty india no more, mediocre bangladesh in the final, time for BCCI to invite BD for a tour."

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