having painstakingly piloted the ship ashore, Mathews allows himself some release, seals the win with a slog over midwicket, and with an over to spare
The big final on Saturday remains in this Asia Cup. Pakistan v Sri Lanka. Join us for that. Good bye.
Mathews is the Man of the Match. Mathews: "I was under a little bit of pressure to be honest. We were losing wickets and had to consolidate. Chaturanga batted beautifully. It is a good problem for us (when Malinga comes back). All the bowlers did well. We wanted to try out a few things (v Bangladesh), wanted to chase and see how we go about it. It was not easy once we lost a few wickets. (Mahela) is a big match player and I am sure he will come good for us."
Mushfiqur: "All four games we fought well apart from Afghanistan. We dropped couple of catches, batsmen got in and got out. We have couple of areas to work on. Missed the injured players, it is not an excuse. We had a chat and said what we showed against Afghanistan was not good enough for international cricket, and was disappointing for the fans. Hopefully we will come hard in the World T20, thanks for supporting us."
Sri Lanka will play the final with four wins in four, and Bangladesh end with their fourth loss in as many games. Sri Lanka were 75 for 5 but they had their calm captain to guide them through on a difficult pitch
Kashif Muneer: "@Arslan Satti - I don't think anyone besides Matthews can gain any confidence from such a batting performance. Matthews hardly needs any more confidence to be honest."
Uwaisul Karnain: "Just about 42 hours left for my nails to grow up before the final. What a series this has been!"
jazeel: "What a turnaround from SL... From losing all the matches in Asia Cup 2012 in BD to winning all the matches in Asia Cup 2014"
Nonymous: "Really deserves a 100 does Angelo. Captain's innings yet again!"
flatter delivery worked wide of mid on for a single to level the scores
overpitched ball drilled down to long off
goes for it again, but it is a thick inside edge this time that runs to long on
Senanayake has found the boundary, tossed up around off and middle, and he smears it straight down the ground, beats long on comfortably
Arslan Satti: "Losing in form Sanga early today could be blessing in disguise. This chase would give SL middle oder confidence for final."
full toss but Mathews only taps it through square leg for one
Mathews calmly keeps strike with a push in the gap past cover
a full toss hit to mid off, he has a go at the non-striker's end, and misses, but Senanayake would have made it anyway
angled in to off stump now, pushed back to the bowler
leans forward to a pitched up ball outside off and pushes to point
short and wide now, but Mathews can slap it away only for a single to the sweeper
confusion between the batsmen, and Bangladesh make the most of it, Perera smashed a full one back to the bowler, it hit his hands and went to mid off, they wanted to take the single, then hesitated, then scrambled for it, a direct hit was needed and a direct hit was produced by Rubel, catching Perera way short
pulled down to long on for a single
almost got him, he tried to force this length ball, it looped in the air but wide of extra cover
worked out to deep midwicket, they settle for one in the end
gets some room and cuts hard to the sweeper
still just nudging it around, behind square leg for one more
swivels and tries to pull this one as it heads down the leg side, misses
whips a full delivery to long on
Rubel appeared set to bowl this over, but now Mahmudullah has been chosen
forced through vacant midwicket but the man in the deep runs forward to keep them to one