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
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!!!"
full toss played out to mid on for a single
inside edges a yorker to Sanga's left, the keeper does superbly to collect it
very low full toss tucked off the pad to fine leg
full delivery, driven to extra cover
bends forward to a low full toss, inside edges it to midwicket
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
two more, worked in front of square leg, they come back by the time deep midwicket gets across
easy work off the pad to deep square
he took it from middle and leg, made room and slapped it to sweeper cover
tucked through square leg for a single
forced back to the bowler from the crease
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."
they keep going for yorker after yorker and Bangladesh continue to deny them, another very full one pushed hard to mid off
drives a near-yorker back to the bowler, nothing happening for Sri Lanka, India's hopes nearly gone, Bangladesh wait eagerly
wide called, the short ball gets up, it gets up too much
pushed off the front foot to mid off
yorker arrives just on off, Nasir digs it out to point
close call for Nasir, he is sent back after dabbing a slow one towards backward point, Dilshan lets the throw rip, it misses
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."
|Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur|
|Toss||Bangladesh, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||ODI no. 3265|
|Hours of play (local time)||14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45|
|Match days||20 March 2012 - daynight (50-over match)|
|Points||Bangladesh 4, Sri Lanka 0|