Bangladesh stun Lanka
Banglasesh scored a stunning five wicket victory over Sri Lanka in
the last league match of the Asia Cup at Dhaka yesterday to advance to
the final of the Asia Cup where they will meet Pakistan on March 22
Thursday. After bowling out Sri Lanka for 232 the Bangladeshis who were
set a revised victory target of 212 in 40 overs after delay due to rain
reached the target with 2.5 overs to spare much to the delight of the
home teamís supporters.
Fast bowler Nazmul Hossain grabbed three early wickets as Bangladesh
restricted Sri Lanka to 232 in a must-win Asia Cup match in Dhaka on
Tuesday. Nazmul rocked Sri Lanka in his sharp six-over opening spell,
removing skipper Mahela Jayawardene (five), Tillakaratne Dilshan (19)
and Kumar Sangakkara (six) to send the tourists reeling at 32-3 in the
Chamara Kapugedera (62) and Lahiru Thirimanne (48) steadied the
innings with an 88-run stand for the fourth wicket, but were not allowed
to score freely by the Bangladeshi bowlers.
Upul Tharanga was the other main scorer, scoring a 44-ball 48 with
one six and five fours Nazmul, playing his first match of the
tournament, was superbly backed by left-arm spinners Shakib Al Hasan and
Abdur Razzak who bagged two wickets apiece. Paceman Mashrafe Mortaza was
the other bowler to impress, conceding just 30 runs in his tight 9.5
Thirimanne hit just three fours in his 73-ball knock before he was
stumped off Razzak, the ball rolling on to the wickets after hitting
wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim's pad.
Kapugedera struck only four boundaries in a 92-ball knock for his
eighth half-century in one-dayers before falling to a low catch in the
covers by Shakib off Razzak.
Pakistan have already made it to the final with nine points from
three matches. India have eight points from three games, followed by
Bangladesh (4/2) and Sri Lanka (0/2).
The hosts won to qualify for the final as they have beaten India in
the league match.
M. Jayawardene b Nazmul 5
T. Dilshan b Nazmul 19
K. Sangakkara c Nazimuddin b Nazmu l6
C. Kapugedera c Shakib b Razzak 62
L. Thirimanne st Rahim b Razzak 48
U. Tharanga c Rahim b Shahadat 48
F. Maharoof c Rahim b Shakib 3
N. Kulasekara lbw b Shakib 1
S. Senanayake not out 19
L. Malinga b Mortaza 10
S. Lakmal run out 0
Extras (lb3, w8) 11
Total (for all out; 49.5 overs) 232
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Jayawardene), 2-29 (Sangakkara), 3-32 (Dilshan),
4-120 (Thirimanne), 5-169 (Kapugedera), 6-175 (Maharoof), 7-183 (Kulasekara),
8-204 (Tharanga), 9-230 (Malinga), 10-232 (Lakmal).
Bowling: Mortaza 9.5-1-30-1, Nazmul 8-1-32-3, Shahadat 8-0-51-1 (w2),
Razzak 10-0-44-2 (w2), Shakib 10-1-56-2 (w3), Mahmudullah 4-0-16-0 (w1).
Tamim Iqbal c Thirimanne b Senanayake 59
Nazimuddin b Kulasekara 6
Jahurul Islam c Kapugedera b Lakmal 2
Mushfiqar Rahim b Kulasekara 1
Shakib Al Hasan lbw b Senanayake 56
Nasir Hossain not out 36
Mahmudullah not out 32
Extras (lb 13, w 7) 20
Total (5 wickets; 37.1 overs) 212
Fall of wickets 1-8 , 2-39 , 3-40 , 4-116 , 5-135
Bowling SL Malinga 8-0-29- 0,KMDN Kulasekara 6-0-30- 2,RAS Lakmal 7.1-0-44-1 ,
SMSM Senanayake 8-0-38- 2,MF Maharoof 6-0-46-0,TM Dilshan 2-0-12-0