Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, Nidahas Trophy, Colombo, Highlights: Mahmudullah stars as BAN enter final after last-over drama
Follow highlights of Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, Nidahas Trophy tri-nation T20 match in Colombo here. Mahmudullah’s blistering 43-run knock helped Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by two wickets to enter the final of the Nidahas Trophy T20 tri-nation series.cricket Updated: Mar 16, 2018 23:26 IST
Bangladesh will meet India in Sunday’s final of the Twenty20 tri-series after Mahmudullah blasted 43 not out off 18 balls to secure a thrilling two-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in an ill-tempered match on Friday. High drama unfolded in the virtual semi-final at the R Premadasa Stadium with Bangladesh needing 12 runs off the last over bowled by Isuru Udana and Mahmudullah smashed a six off the penultimate delivery to seal an emotional win for his side. Play had been briefly halted as Bangladesh players remonstrated about two shoulder-high balls in the final over and members of both teams had to be restrained. Follow highlights of Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, Nidahas Trophy tri-nation T20 match in Colombo here (SCORECARD | STREAMING INFO) (ZIM vs IRE SCORES)
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Mahmudullah (Man of the Match): “One of my best innings. When Shakib came back, it was a big boost. Plan to strike the ball as hard as I can. When Shakib got out, I was under pressure. The confusion was because it was the first bumper, but we should forget it, happens in the game.”
Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka captain): “Very tough game, we are disappointed. We thought we were 10-15 runs short, 160 is still reasonable.”
Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh captain): “You can’t expect more than that in a T20 game, so much excitement, emotion. Credit goes to SL, losing five early wickets. We kept our nerves in the end. I knew I was not 100% as far as batting is concerned. We always had healthy competition in the ground, but outside, we are friends.”
Tamim Iqbal: “Very emotional finish, we saw the leg umpire signal a no-ball, we were complaining about the no-ball. We could have done it nicely. We won’t create anything bad about this incident. I did a good job, but if I could have continued a but longer, but we won so all forgotten.”
22:33 hrs IST: SIX! And that’s it. Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by two wickets. Mahmudullah rises above the final over drama to help his team enter the final.
22:30 hrs IST: Two runs off the next delivery. Can Mahmudullah finish the job for Bangladesh?
22:29 hrs IST: FOUR! Too wide from Udana, Mahmudullah shuffles and hits it in the air towards the wide long-off boundary. Bangladesh need 8 off 3.
22:27 hrs IST: Shakib is now arguing with umpires. He is fuming. But play set to resume.
22:25 hrs IST: Altercation between Thisara Perera and a reserve Bangladeshi player.
22:23 hrs IST: And Mustafizur is run-out on the second delivery. But importantly, Mahmudullah is on strike.
22:22 hrs IST: First ball, Mustafizur looks to pull but misses. Bangladesh need 12 off 5.
22:20 hrs IST: Twelve runs and a wicket. Bangladesh need 12 off the last over. What a game this has been! Kudos to both teams for putting up a fight. Isuru Udana to bowl the final over.
22:13 hrs IST: Thisara Perera to bowl the penultimate over.
22:12 hrs IST: OUT! Udana gets the big wicket of Shakib. Still anyone’s game. Mahmudullah is the man for Bangladesh. They need 23 off 12.
22:09 hrs IST: This is going to be tight. Can Shakib finish it for his team?
22:06 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for Shakib. Bangladesh are 131/5 after 18 overs, need 29 off 18. Isuru Udana is back into the attack.
22:03 hrs IST: SIX! Flighted delivery from J Mendis, Mahmudullah steps out and smacks it straight over the bowler’s head for a maximum.
21:58 hrs IST: Can’t understand the reason behind Shakib coming in so late. Lack of match practice, maybe.
21:53 hrs IST: OUT! Another big wicket for Sri Lanka. Tamim goes after scoring 50(42). The hosts are slightly ahead now. Two more scalps would do it for them.
21:48 hrs IST: OUT! Big blow. Mushfiqur Rahim departs. First wicket for Aponso. Bangladesh are 100/3 after 13 overs, need 60 off 42.
21:42 hrs IST: SIX! Tamim dances down the track to Dananjaya and swings it over long-off for a maximum. Bangladesh are 95/2 after 12 overs, need 65 off 48.
21:37 hrs IST: Tamim and Rahim hold the key for Bangladesh here. If they can stay at the crease for another 3-4 overs, things will get a lot easier for the visitors.
21:32 hrs IST: Tidy over from J Mendis, three runs off it. Bangladesh are 72/2 after 9 overs, need 88 off 66.
21:28 hrs IST: SIX! Tamim comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it over long-off for a maximum. Bangladesh are 69/2 after 8 overs. Jeevan Mendis comes into the attack.
21:21 hrs IST: FOUR! Short and wide from T Perera and Tamim slashes it through point. Bangladesh are 50/2 after 6 overs.
21:16 hrs IST: Thisara Perera comes into the attack. Sri Lanka would hope for an inspired spell from him.
21:13 hrs IST: FOUR! Tossed up from Aponso, Rahim comes down the track and lifts it over mid-off for his first boundary.
21:11 hrs IST: OUT! Dananjaya strikes again, removes Sabbir Rahman. He is getting good turn. Mushfiqur Rahim comes to the crease. Bangladesh are 34/2 after 4 overs.
21:06 hrs IST: Decent over from Aponso, seven runs off it. Bangladesh are 26/1 after 3 overs. Danajaya to continue.
21:01 hrs IST: Two boundaries in a row for Sabbir. Needs to keep going. Bangladesh are 19/1 after 2 overs. Amila Aponso comes into the attack.
20:59 hrs IST: OUT! Dananjaya strikes, gets rid of the danger-man Liton Das. Sabbir Rahman comes to the crease. Bangladesh need a partnership here.
20:55 hrs IST: Expensive start from Pradeep. Bangladesh are 10/0 after the first over. Akila Dananjaya comes into the attack.
20:50 hrs IST: Time for Bangladesh’s strike. Tamim Iqbal to take strike. Nuwan Pradeep to bowl the first over.
20:40 hrs IST: And that’s it. Sri Lanka finish with 159. From 41/5 to 159/7, it has been a great recovery. Will be a tricky chase. We’ll be back in a short while.
20:34 hrs IST: Good over for Sri Lanka despite Kusal Perera’s (61) wicket. They are 150/6 after 19 overs. Rubel Hossain to bowl the last over.
20:30 hrs IST: FOUR! And that’s fifty for Thisara Perera. Captain’s knock. Just what Sri Lanka needed at this stage.
20:27 hrs IST: Thirty-nine runs have come in the last three overs. Sri Lanka are 138/5 after 18 overs. K Perera 61*, T Perera 46*. Soumya Sarkar to bowl the penultimate over.
20:24 hrs IST: FOUR! Full and outside off from Rubel and T Perera clobbers it straight over the bowler’s head. Moves into 40s.
20:21 hrs IST: Consecutive sixes for T Perera. And now he has joined the party. This is a virtual semi-final. Chasing is always tough in any big pressure game. Sri Lanka are 127/5 after 17 overs.
20:16 hrs IST: Single off the last delivery for Perera, moves to 59. Sri Lanka are 110/5 after 16 overs. Mustafizur to bowl his final over.
20:14 hrs IST: FOUR! Length ball from Mahmudullah and K Perera plays the reverse sweep behind point.
20:12 hrs IST: Single and that’s fifty for Kusal Perera. What a knock it has been the Sri Lankan No. 3. Needs to stay till the end. Sri Lanka are 99/5 after 15 overs.
20:08 hrs IST: Tidy over from Mahmudullah, only four runs off it. Sri Lanka are 90/5 after 14 overs.K Perera 45*, T Perera 15*
20:05 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for T Perera. Another good over for Sri Lanka, 18 runs off it. The hosts are 86/5 after 13 overs. Mahmudullah again.
20:02 hrs IST: SIX! Short delivery from Mustafizur and K Perera pummels it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
20:00 hrs IST: Mehedi Hasan finishes with figures of 1/16. Sri Lanka are 68/5 after 12 overs. K Perera 29*, T Perera 9*. Mustafizur Rahman comes back into the attack.
19:57 hrs IST: FOUR! Gentle half-volley from Rubel and K Perera hits it straight down the ground. Sri Lanka are 63/5 after 11 overs.
19:55 hrs IST: FOUR! Short ball from Rubel, K Perera gets into position and smacks it to the fence behind square.
19:52 hrs IST: Expensive over from Mahmudullah, 10 runs off it. Sri Lanka are 53/5 at the halfway mark. Rubel Hossain comes back into the attack.
19:48 hrs IST: Only eight runs have been scored in the last 18 balls. Sri Lanka are 43/5 after 9 overs. Mahmudullah to continue.
19:44 hrs IST: OUT! Tossed up from Mehedi, J Mendis looks to sweep but gets a leading edge and Mustafizur does the rest at short fine leg.
19:43 hrs IST: The wicket is on the slow side. Anything around 120-130 would be a brilliant score. Sri Lanka are 41/4 after 8 overs.
19:40 hrs IST: Only fifteen runs have come in the last 18 balls. Sri Lanka are 37/4 after 7 overs, Perera 10*, J Mendis 1*. Mahmudullah comes into the attack.
19:35 hrs IST: Magnificent over from Mustafizur, six runs and a couple of wickets. Sri Lanka are 35/4 after 6 overs. Mehedi to continue.
19:32 hrs IST: OUT! ‘Golden duck’ for Shanaka. Second scalp for Mustafizur. Thisara Perera comes to the crease. Sri Lanka are 32/4 after 5.5 overs.
19:29 hrs IST: OUT! And Sri Lanka are in trouble now. The pressure keeps mounting and the hosts throw away another wicket. Upul Tharanga is run-out. Dasun Shanaka comes to the crease.
19:26 hrs IST: FOUR! Bit of width and Tharanga cuts it (late) in the gap between short third-man and deep backward point. Sri Lanka are 29/2 after 5 overs. Mustafizur to continue.
19:23 hrs IST: Mehedi Hasan comes into the attack. Can he strike?
19:21 hrs IST: OUT! Short ball from Mustafizur, Mendis doesn’t pick it and finds Soumya Sarkar at mid-wicket. Sri Lanka are 22/2 after 4 overs. Upul Tharanga comes to the crease.
19:16 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off from Shakib. Sri Lanka are 21/1 after 3 overs. Mendis 11*, Perera 5*. Mustafizur Rahman comes into the attack.
19:14 hrs IST: FOUR! Too much width on offer from Shakib and Perera hits the ball through cover for his first boundary.
19:12 hrs IST: OUT! Flat and straight from Shakib, Gunathilaka looks to hit the ball straight but doesn’t get the timing and Sabbir Rahman runs to his right to complete a neat catch. Kusal Perera comes in at No. 3.
19:10 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries for Mendis. While the first one was a pull over the fielder at mid-on, the second was timed well to the deep mid-wicket boundary. Sri Lanka are 15/0 after 2 overs. Shakib to continue.
19:07 hrs IST: Meanwhile, South Africa’s fast bowler Dale Steyn has ruled himself out of a possible return for the third Test against Australia which starts next Thursday as he continues his recovery from a troublesome heel injury.
The veteran paceman, who is just three wickets away from becoming the country’s most successful bowler, has not played since the injury ruled him out midway through the first test against India in Cape Town in January.
19:04 hrs IST: Both openers get off the mark with a single. Solid start from Shakib. Sri Lanka are 2/0 after the first over. Rubel Hossain comes into the attack.
19:00 hrs IST: Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka make their way out in the middle, and so do the Bangladeshi players. Shakib to start the proceedings.
18:54 hrs IST: Both teams walk out for their national anthems.
18:41 hrs IST: Two changes for Sri Lanka. Isuru Adana and Amila Aponso come in for Suranga Lakmal and Dushmantha Chameera.
18:36 hrs IST: Playing XIs -
Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera(wk), Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera(c), Jeevan Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Nuwan Pradeep
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Shakib Al Hasan(c), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Islam
18:31 hrs IST: Bangladesh have won the toss and have opted to field. Shakib Al Hasan has returned for the visitors.
18:21 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada’s appeal against his two match Test ban will be heard on Monday, the ICC announced.
A senior New Zealand lawyer, Michael Heron QC, has been appointed the Judicial Commissioner and will conduct the hearing by teleconference.
Heron will have 48 hours to reach a decision - which means Rabada’s case will be finalised ahead of the third Test against Australia, which starts at Newlands on Thursday.
18:16 hrs IST: Save last week’s defeat, Sri Lanka’s recent record against Bangladesh has been impressive. They beat Bangladesh in an away Test and in a T20 series apart from winning the final of the ODI tri-series, which also involved Zimbabwe, earlier this year.
18:02 hrs IST: In case of a washout, Sri Lanka will progress to the final, courtesy their better net run-rate.
17:58 hrs IST: FIRST SIGNS - Shakib Al Hasan bowled and batted in the warm-ups without much discomfort. Looks very likely to play. Weather seems fine. No chance of rain, for now.
17:55 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to HT’s live coverage of the final league game of the Nidahas Trophy between hosts Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Both teams have struggled for consistency in across departments and relied on inspired individual performances to drag them through.
Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das have failed to captialise on good starts. Mushfiqur Rahim is the only batsman who has shown consistency.
Their bowling also remains a concern with Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman struggling to provide crucial breakthroughs.
For Sri Lanka, Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera have done well but the hosts haven’t been able to step up as a unit.
In this virtual semi-final, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be eyeing a thorough all-round show.