result
Final, Dhaka, Jan 16 2009, Tri-Nation Tournament in Bangladesh
(48.1/50 ov)153/8
Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)
player of the match
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• Cricinfo staff

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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Scorecard summary
Bangladesh152/10(49.4 overs)
Sri Lanka153/8(48.1 overs)

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!"

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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
Md Naeem 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 4812 runs
SL: 152/8CRR: 3.16 • RRR: 0.50 • Need 1 from 12b
Muttiah Muralitharan33 (16)
Farveez Maharoof37 (75)
Rubel Hossain9-2-52-0
Shakib Al Hasan10-2-22-2
47.6
4
Rubel to Murali, 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 to Murali, 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 to Maharoof, 1 run

strays on the body and he shuffles and clips it to the on side

47.3
Rubel 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 to Murali, 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

47.1
Rubel to Murali, no run

bangs in the bouncer, he makes room and tries an upper cut but there isn;t any signal by the umpires, Murali gestures in surprise

Will that 20-run over cost them? Remarkably Rubel continues. Will this gamble pay off?

end of over 472 runs
SL: 140/8CRR: 2.97 • RRR: 4.33 • Need 13 from 18b
Farveez Maharoof36 (73)
Muttiah Muralitharan22 (12)
Shakib Al Hasan10-2-22-2
Rubel Hossain8-2-40-0
46.6
Shakib to Maharoof, no run

makes room to cut but the ball skids through, he chops it down to the covers

46.5
Shakib to Maharoof, no run

thrusts his pad forward and taps it to the off side

46.4
Shakib to Maharoof, no run

gets forward and works it to the on side

46.3
2
Shakib to Maharoof, 2 runs

strays on the pads and he clips it away wide of short fine leg

46.2
Shakib to Maharoof, no run

gets well forward and defends again, he's patient here

46.1
Shakib to Maharoof, no run

flighted on middle and leg and defended

15 off 24 balls

end of over 4620 runs
SL: 138/8CRR: 3.00 • RRR: 3.75 • Need 15 from 24b
Muttiah Muralitharan22 (12)
Farveez Maharoof34 (67)
Rubel Hossain8-2-40-0
Naeem Islam9-2-28-0
45.6
6
Rubel to Murali, SIX runs

this is pulsating stuff! Rubal overpitches on middle and leg, he makes room, gets under it and lofts him for a straight six

45.5
Rubel to Murali, no run

fires it on a full length outside off and he nearly feathers an edge to the keeper

45.4
4
Rubel to Murali, FOUR runs

oh well! He stays at the crease this time and swings him across the line and beats fine leg, a stunning passage of play here!

45.3
2
Rubel to Murali, 2 runs

makes room and drives him past mid-off this time, Ashraful does brilliantly to pull it back before the rope

45.2
4
Rubel to Murali, FOUR runs

he isn't finished yet, he over pitches on middle and leg, ha makes room and scoops it over mid-on, the fielder tries to pull it back but the ball beats him

45.1
4
Rubel to Murali, FOUR runs

well well Murali has some fun, he makes room on seeing a rank log hop and biffs it across the line, there's nobody close to cow corner to cut it off

Third Powerplay taken. A little late in the day?

end of over 454 runs
SL: 118/8CRR: 2.62 • RRR: 7.00 • Need 35 from 30b
Farveez Maharoof34 (67)
Muttiah Muralitharan2 (6)
Naeem Islam9-2-28-0
Shakib Al Hasan9-2-20-2
44.6
Md Naeem to Maharoof, no run

punches it through the off side and Ashraful shows good commitment at mid-off to slide and cut it off

Best performances - batsmen
Kumar Sangakkara portrait
KC Sangakkara
59 runs (133)
6 fours
0 sixes
Control95%
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
15 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
3273134122
Raqibul Hasan portrait
Raqibul Hasan
43 runs (107)
1 four
0 sixes
Control89%
Productive shot
leg glance
18 runs
1 four
0 sixes
18736279
Best performances - bowlers
Nuwan Kulasekara portrait
KMDN Kulasekara
O
8
M
1
R
19
W
3
ECO
2.38
Ajantha Mendis portrait
BAW Mendis
O
9.4
M
0
R
24
W
3
ECO
2.48
Match details
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka
TossSri Lanka, elected to field first
SeriesTri-Nation Tournament in BangladeshSri Lanka tour of Bangladesh
Season2008/09
Player Of The Match
Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara
Player Of The Series
Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan
Series resultSri Lanka won the 2008/09 Tri-Nation Tournament in Bangladesh
Match numberODI No. 2794
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 days16 January 2009 - day match (50-over match)
Umpires
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Billy Doctrove
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Enamul Haque
TV Umpire
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AFM Akhtaruddin
Reserve Umpire
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Sharfuddoula
Match Referee
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Alan Hurst