Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in drama-filled match, face India in final

Ayoung Bangladesh reserve player with little worldwide experience was pointing fingers at the Sri Lankan captain - incredibly, he even barged into a discussion between the on-field batsmen and the umpires. "Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera batted very well, got themselves into a winning position". They went on to score a competitive 159-7. Sri Lanka finished last with two points. What Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan did was exceedingly juvenile, and unsafe.

Chasing 160 to win, Bangladesh lost Liton Das and Sabbir early on.

Unperturbed by the fall of wickets, opener Tamim Iqbal (50), along with new batsman Mushfiqur Rahim (28), kept on playing his shots which mounted some pressure on the Sri Lankan bowlers.

Bangladesh's bowling department led by Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain have troubled the Indians more often than not and will aim to replicate that in the final.

Bangladesh needed 12 from the final over but Mustafizur Rahman (2) was given run out in the second ball which triggered a wave of wild protests both from Mahmadullah and the team bench beyond the ropes.

"I think the head umpire didn't call it (one bouncer for the over) so it's a legal delivery", Kusal Janith Perera, who top scored for Sri Lanka with 61 runs told journalists at post match media briefing.

The batsmen stayed put, however, and Mahmudullah steered the Tigers to a thrilling win with a six off the penultimate ball. It is hard to overstate the importance of his innings, though the numbers - 43 off 18 balls - bear witness to its quality.

Shortly afterwards part-time spinner Danushka Gunathilaka had Tamim caught by Kusal Perera in the fashion of a pin ball machine with the ball deflecting off several pieces of the keeper's equipment and body before finally resting in his gloves. Also, if we had conceded 10 less runs then we could have won. "They are a team which achieved Test status not many years ago and they propelled forward in all formats of the game", he said. "If the wicket is slow and it's going to turn, it will be a challenge", Karthik said. The all-rounder has been central to his nation's success in recent times, but can he help them reach the final of the Trophy, or will the home side beat them this time? I knew I was not 100% as far as batting is concerned. To be honest, we are all good friends. "Emotions take over sometimes". Shakib bowled a couple of overs in the last match and will be interesting to see his role in the next game. But Shakib was busy screaming at the reserve umpire instead and waving at his batsmen to come back.

"That's because the pitch yesterday was different to the one's in the first few games".

  • Julie Sanders