Bangladesh win, send India home

  • Bangladeshi batsman

    Bangladeshi batsman Tamim Iqbal (L) plays a shot as the Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara (R) looks during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup ...

  • Bangladeshi captain

    Bangladeshi captain Mushfiqur Rahim walks off the field after being dismissed during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka ...

  • Nuwan Kulasekara

    Sri Lanka's Nuwan Kulasekara, center without cap, celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Bangladesh's Nazimuddin, right, during their Asia Cup cricket match in Mirpur, Bangladesh  ...

  • Nazimuddin

    Bangladesh's Nazimuddin is bowled out by Sri Lanka's Nuwan Kulasekara, not seen, during their Asia Cup cricket match in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

  • Bangladeshi grounds

    Bangladeshi grounds boys cover the field to protect the ground from rain during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match between Bangladesh and ...

  • Bangladeshi grounds

    A Bangladeshi grounds boy covers the field to protect the ground from rain during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match between Bangladesh ...

  • Lahiru Thirimanne ,Mushfiqur Rahim

    Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne plays a shot as Bangladeshi captain, Mushfiqur Rahim looks on during the Asia Cup cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri ...

  • Nazmul Hossain,Kumar Sangakkara

    Bangladesh's Nazmul Hossain, left, celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, during their Asia Cup cricket match in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

  • Mushfiqur Rahim

    Bangladesh's captain Mushfiqur Rahim, attempts to dismiss Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne, during their Asia Cup cricket match in Dhaka, Bangladesh .  (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

  • Tilakaratne Dilshan

    Sri Lanka's Tilakaratne Dilshan reacts after playing a shot during their Asia Cup cricket match against Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Three early Bangladesh wickets chasing a revised target of 212 in 40 overs, after a rain break, had given India hope. Then, Tamim Iqbal's dismissal broke his promising partnership with Shakib Al Hasan and then the latter fell leg-before to Sachithra Senanayake with the hosts needing another 77 to win, leaving India still hoping.

But Bangladesh showed enough resolve to beat Sri Lanka by five wickets with 18 balls to spare to sail into the final of the Asia Cup.

That knocked India out of the tournament and the players, who watched the match in their hotel rooms, will troop out of the country for different parts of India with the first group leaving early Wednesday morning.

A capacity Sher-e Bangla National Stadium witnessed Bangladesh reach the final of a tournament featuring Test playing nations for the first time. And for the first time in a tournament Bangladesh have beaten two Test playing nations, having clinched their third-ever victory over India last week.

India, Bangladesh and Pakistan all finished with two wins in three matches. Pakistan were through because they had earned a bonus point against Sri Lanka. India and Bangladesh finished on same points, but having beaten India in the league match, the hosts qualified.

Nazmul Hossain's three prized wickets of skipper Jayawardene, Sangakkara and Dilshan helped Bangladesh get on top early and restrict Sri Lanka.

 

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