RESULT
5th Match, Group B (N), Dubai (DSC), September 01, 2022, Asia Cup
(19.2/20 ov, T:184) 184/8

Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
60 (37) & 2 catches
kusal-mendis
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Well, what a match this turned out to be. Hope you all enjoyed our coverage. The tournament rumbles on and it will be Pakistan to take on Hong Kong tomorrow and we will be right here to bring all the updates. Till then, this is Ashish Pant signing off on behalf of Madushka and Thilak. Good night!

Kusal Mendis is the Player of the Match: First six overs, I played my normal game and did that all through. [On the no ball] I came out to bat again, and had a good plan and wanted to complete the game. I had a few chances. I did the best for the team. I did a lot of practice in Sri Lanka in the last six months. I know my job according to the team's point of view. I will do everything that is best for my team. Thank You, Sri Lanka supporters.

Dasun Shanaka, the Sri Lanka captain : [On the thoughts on the match] Yeah, in the middle period I thought it was tough. When Kusal and I were at the crease, I felt it was achievable. Our openers did a very good job today. We lacked that in the other games. After that the partnerships went on. [On promoting himself up the order] I had thought about that, but from the team's point of view, I have to sacrifice my place and come down but I am happy to do that. My first priority is the team. It was Chamika's run out, I thought the game was done. But Asitha Fernando's two shots were great.

Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh captain: Death bowling is something we are looking to improve and that has cost us the game. The last two overs they were eight down and needed to get 17-18 runs and they got with a lot of balls to spare. We are not bowling well in he death. We should give lot of credit to SL, the way they held their nerves. We wanted to pick wickets, and saw the fast bowlers were picking wickets. There was pressure on SL. Whenever the bowlers bowl, they need to execute their plans. If you look at the last six months, we were not competitive but we were very competitive this time. We need to work in a lot of areas before the World Cup in Australia.

Presentation time

9.54pm What a way to qualify for the Super 4. What a match. The Sri Lankans are up in celebration. Lots of jumping as the players run out to the middle. Some tears in the stands as well. Oh, such varying emotions. There were a lot of chatter ahead of this clash and the game has lived up to its billing. It was all neck and neck for a long time but the extras, in the end, proved to be the difference. Eight wides and four no balls from Bangladesh, 0 wides and 0 no balls from Sri Lanka. Have to say, Sri Lanka held their nerves in the end. Ebadot was brilliant with his opening spell picking up three wickets on debut but such is the nature of the game, that while his first two overs went for 13 runs, his last two went for 38! Mendis had five lives and that proved decisive. Ebadot has the third-best figures for a Bangladesh bowler in T20Is, but that will be of little consolation to him.

Some stat nuggets from Sampath: Sri Lanka end their six-match losing streak in Asia Cups, their first win since beating UAE in 2016.

19.3
3nb
Mahedi Hasan to Asitha Fernando, (no ball) 2 runs

Tossed up on off, he slams it down the ground and some excellent running gives them two. Just one needed. Haaaang on a minute, hang on a minute! The siren goes off, it's a no ball. Yes, nothing was behind the crease. Sri Lanka win by 2 wickets and with that they qualify for Super 4.

19.2
4
Mahedi Hasan to Asitha Fernando, FOUR runs

One-bounce four! Top shot from Fernando. Tossed up outside, he gets the slog sweep out and slams it wide of long on

19.1
1lb
Mahedi Hasan to Theekshana, 1 leg bye

Flatter on middle and leg, he skips down and looks to hoick it away but is rapped on the pads. They sneak a leg bye

Andrew: "I'll have no nails left after this match "

Bangladesh are behind the over rate and that means they will need to have five fielders in

end of over 1917 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 176/8CRR: 9.26 RRR: 8.00 • Need 8 runs from 6b
Asitha Fernando4 (1b 1x4)
Maheesh Theekshana0 (1b)
Ebadot Hossain 4-0-51-3
Mahedi Hasan 2-0-23-1
18.6
4
Ebadot Hossain to Asitha Fernando, FOUR runs

Oh, that is such an important boundary! Slower length ball outside off, he clears his front leg and swipes it over covers for a four.

18.6
1w
Ebadot Hossain to Asitha Fernando, 1 wide

Length outside off, but way down wide of the tramlines

18.5
W
Ebadot Hossain to Theekshana, OUT

Shakib, you beauty! Karunaratne is run out and with that Bangladesh's chances go up by quite a notch. Short of a length on off, he gets a leading edge to Shakib at short cover. They run, for some reason. Shakib waits for it and hits the stumps to find Karunaratne way short.

Chamika Karunaratne run out (Shakib Al Hasan) 16 (10b 1x4 0x6 22m) SR: 160

Nothing to lose for Theekshana. He can go for the big hit without thinking about anything

18.4
1lb
Ebadot Hossain to C Karunaratne, 1 leg bye

Back of a length on the hips, he looks to help it away, but is hit around the midriff and they take a leg bye

18.3
2
Ebadot Hossain to C Karunaratne, 2 runs

Leg-cutter outside off, he gets deep in his crease, and slams it straight down. Shabbir runs across from long on, catches and releases the ball just as he was going over the boundary. Important runs saved

Free hit

18.3
5nb
Ebadot Hossain to C Karunaratne, (no ball) FOUR runs

He's got it past short fine leg. Uses the crease so well. Length well outside off, he gets inside the line and helps it over short fine leg. Oh, dear it gets worse. Ebadot has over-stepped.

18.2
2
Ebadot Hossain to C Karunaratne, 2 runs

Length on middle and leg, he gets across and works to deep midwicket. They once again take on the throw and make it much easily this time with the throw too wide.

Ebadot seems to be struggling with cramps.

18.1
2
Ebadot Hossain to C Karunaratne, 2 runs

Slower length ball outside off, he flays it in the gap between deep cover and deep point. They take on the arm and has the dive saved Karunaratne? Yes, it has. He needed to get the dive in and he made it. The throw also wasn't the best, I must add. Wasn't as powerful and bounced before Mushfiqur took it.

Ebadot to bowl the most important over of the game

end of over 189 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 159/7CRR: 8.83 RRR: 12.50 • Need 25 runs from 12b
Chamika Karunaratne6 (5b)
Maheesh Theekshana0 (0b)
Mahedi Hasan 2-0-23-1
Mustafizur Rahman 4-0-32-1
17.6
1
Mahedi Hasan to C Karunaratne, 1 run

Flatter on middle and leg, he taps it to midwicket for a run

Theekshana comes in

17.5
W
Mahedi Hasan to Shanaka, OUT

Down the ground and Mosaddek takes the catch! Is this the game? Was in the slot on middle, Shanaka gets a good piece of it but not enough and long on takes a simple catch. he was looking to hit it hard but failed to clear the ropes.

Dasun Shanaka c Mosaddek Hossain b Mahedi Hasan 45 (33b 3x4 2x6 48m) SR: 136.36

Back to over

17.4
4
Mahedi Hasan to Shanaka, FOUR runs

Gets the width and gets the four. Low full toss outside off, he gives himself room and laces it through covers for a much-needed four.

Around

17.3
1
Mahedi Hasan to C Karunaratne, 1 run

In the slot, he drills it down to long off but the field is set for such shots

17.2
2
Mahedi Hasan to C Karunaratne, 2 runs

A bit round arm around middle stump, he taps it to midwicket with soft hands and collects two

17.1
1
Mahedi Hasan to Shanaka, 1 run

Short and wide, he slams the cut straight to point.

Mahedi to bowl the 18th over. This is a crucial one. Bangladesh are one over behind the over rate

end of over 179 runs
SL: 150/6CRR: 8.82 RRR: 11.33 • Need 34 runs from 18b
Dasun Shanaka40 (30b 2x4 2x6)
Chamika Karunaratne2 (2b)
Mustafizur Rahman 4-0-32-1
Taskin Ahmed 4-0-24-2

That ends Fizz's spell for the night. Who will bowl the last three overs for Sri Lanka?

16.6
1
Mustafizur to Shanaka, 1 run

Back of a length angled into Shanka who punches to deep cover. There is a bit of a misfield but no harm done.

16.5
Mustafizur to Shanaka, no run

Short and wide, but he does not find the gap on the cut. Finds point, who collects it on the bounce.

16.4
1
Mustafizur to C Karunaratne, 1 run

Banged in short on off, he gets well across and pulls to backward square leg

Over the wicket

 
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