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Mirpur: It will be Bangladesh versus Pakistan final in the Asia Cup 2012 as the hosts registered their second big win in a row upstaging Sri Lanka by five wickets in front of a jam packed vociferous crowd and a proud Bangladesh Prime Minisher, Sheikh Haseena at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium, Mirpur on Tuesday.
Chasing a revised total of 212 in 40 overs after the rain delay, man in form Tamim Iqbal (59) continued to stroke the ball with immaculate timing holding one end tight even as the top order of Nazimuddin, Jahurul Islam and Captain Mushfiqur Rahim departed under 10 overs.
Then walked in the crisis man, Shakib Al Hasan, and he, along with Tamim started to open up as the duo executed some exquisite cover drives to the fence notching up a crucial 73-ball 76 runs.
Then the youngsters Nasir Hossain (36) and Mahmudullah (33) stepped up and applied themselves under tremendous pressure to steer Bangladesh to another historic win thus making way for their first ever final appearance in Asia Cup.
The game as it happened...
Overs 37.1 FOUR! Bangladesh reach the Asia Cup final. an on drive from Nasir Hussain goes past mid on, the crowd erupts, PM Sheikh Haseena stands up. Sri Lanka finish at the bottom of the table in Asia Cup for the first time and Bangladesh reach the final of the Asia for the first time.
Overs 36 7 runs needed of 24 balls as batting powerplay starts.
Overs 28 12 runs off the over as Suranga Lakmal’s horrid day continued, more importantly Nasir Hussain handling the chase well. 51 runs needed of 72 runs.
Overs 25 Out! Shakib Al Hasan goes for a well made 56. Senanayaka finally gets his reward for some tight bowling. Is there still a twist in the tale or will Bangladesh scrape through from here? FOW: 135/5
Overs 22 Fifty for the crisis man Shakib Al Hasan in just 43 balls as he lofted Senanayaka over the deep midwicket fence for the second boundary of the over.
Overs 20 Out! Stunned silence in the crowd as Tamim Iqbal perishes after scoring 59 off 57 balls. He has definitely setup a good platform for Bangladesh but this could also be the glimmer of hope for Sir Lanka in the match and for India in the tournament.
Overs 18 Half century for Tamim Iqbal. He has been in good form all along the series and here also he produced a speedy innings studded with aggression and immaculate timing.
Overs 16 50 run Partnership. Tamin Iqbal (35) and Shakib Al Hasan (29) raced to 90/3 in the 16th over as both the southpaws showed class of highest quality to keep Bangladesh in the hunt.
Overs 11 FOUR! FOUR! FOUR! 15 runs off the over as Shakib Al Hasan showed his class with three cracking drives to the fence.
Overs 7.1 Out! Kulasekara comes back well after being disposed by Tamim in his last over. The crowd is in total silence as captain Mushfiqur Rahim walks back to the pavilion for a score of just one run. It was a fullish delivery but swung in late crashing into Rahim’s stumps. FOW: 40/3
Overs 6.2 Out! Lakmal comes back into the attack and immediately scalps Jahurul islam for 2 runs. Lakmal pitched it short, the ball hurried on to Jahurul as his weak pull ended in the hands of Kapugadera at short midwicket. FOW: 39/2
Overs 5 FOUR! FOUR! FOUR! Cracking stroke from in-form batsman Tamim Iqbal. He read the length early and lofted it with ease straight over the bowler. Then he clips a leg side bal lto the mid wicket fence. Last ball of the over, Tamim shows aggression clips it again to the midwicket boundary.
Overs 1.4 Out! Nuwan Kulasekara got the first breakthrough as Nazimuddin’s stumps were rattled by an in-coming delivery. FOW: 8/1
Restart at 7.30 pm. Game reduced to 40 overs. Revised total of 212 for Bangladesh to chase down.
Inspection at 7.15 pm as rain has stopped. With a reserve day to go, if 20 overs cannot be bowled today, the match would continue tomorrow, that is on Wednesday.
Rain has delayed the start of Bangladesh innings in their Asia Cup match against Sri Lanka.
In a must win encounter, Bangladesh put up a spirited bowling performance against Sri Lanka bundling out the islanders for 232 runs. Comeback man Nazmul Hossain was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers who ran through the Lankan top order with three quick wickets.
Sri Lanka were not able recover from the horrid start as the middle order consolidated the innings in a slow manner. Chamara Kapugedara top scored with a patient 62 off 92 balls as he stitched together 88-run partnership with Lairu Thirumanne (48). Later in the innings, Upul tharanga scored some vital runs taking the Lankan total past 200 with a 44-ball 48 run knock.
49.4 Out! Suranga Lakmal was run out by Jahurul Islam as Sri Lanka’s innings was bundled out for 232 runs. FOW: 232 all out
49.1 Out! Lasith Malinga was foxed by a Mortaza slower delivery. FOW: 230/9
Over 45.4 Shahadat Hossain picked up his first wicket to dismiss Upul Tharanga. The lefty attempted a drive but got an outside edge of a delivery that was full and outside off. He was caught by wicketkeeper Rahim . Tharanga (48) b Shahadat. FOW: 204/8
Over 44.5 200 up for Sri Lanka with a boundary.
Over 42.2 Sri Lankan wickets are falling like tenpins! Shakib picked up his second wicket in Nuwan Kulasekara who was trapped in front of the wickets. Kulasekera (1) b Shakib FOW: 183/7
Over 40.6 Shakib Al Hasan got his first wicket of the match in Farveez Maharoof who was caught behind the wickets by Rahim. Maharoof went for a cut but ended upp edging it to the keeper. Maharoof (3)b Shakib FOW: 175/6
Over 39.5 Out! Abdur Razzak provided Bangladesh the crucial wicket of Chamara Kapugedera. Shakib took a good, sharp low catch at extra cover as Kapugedera drove hard in the air. Kapugedera (62) b Razzak FOW: 169/5
37.5 50 up for Chamara Kapugedera. Under pressure, it was a composed innings from the right hander.
37.3 150 up for Sri Lanka!
Over 31.5 Out! Lahiru Thirimanne was unfortunate as he was stumped after ball ricocheted off keeper Rahim’s pad to hit the stumps.Thirimanne (48) b Razzaq. FOW: 120/4
Over 27.6 100 up for Sri Lanka. Kapugedera(34*) and Thirimanne(34*) have stemmed the flow of wickets.
Over 15: 50 up for Sri Lanka! Chamara Kapudegera and Lahiru Thirimanne were on the crease.
The game is of no consequence to Sri Lanka and they have played like that only losing three wickets in quick succession. Bangladesh on the other hand have bowled a tight line after conceding two early boundaries keeping the opposition under pressure. Nazmul Hossain who wasn’t picked for the first two matches, came and grabbed the opportunity with both hands to dismiss top three Sri Lankan batsmen within first 10 overs of the innings.
Over 9.2 Out! Nazmul Hossain gets another one! Tillakaratne Dilshan attempted a cut but only managed an inside edge that landed on to the stumps. Dilshan (19) b Hossain. FOW: 32/3
Over 7.2 Out! Kumara Sangakkara was caught at extra cover. Full, outside off from Hossain and Sanga drove that straight into the hands of Nazimuddin. Sangakkara (6) b Hossain. FOW: 29/2
Over 3.6 Out! Mahela Jayawardene offered a lazy stroke to a delivery that was full and nipping in from outside off. He missed the ball that landed on his stumps. Jayawardene (5) b Hossain. FOW: 19/1
Over 1.6 First boundary of the day! Overpitched and outside off from Hossain and Dilshan latched on to the delivery, sending it for a boundary past cover point.
Over 1: Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene took guard for Sri Lanka as Mashrafe Mortaza opened bowling for Bangladesh.
Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and elected to bowl first in the Mirpur ODI against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Nazimuddin, Jahurul Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim(c), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Nazmul Hossain
Sri Lanka: TM Dilshan, DPMD Jayawardene(c), KC Sangakkara, WU Tharanga, HDRL Thirimanne, KMDN Kulasekara, MF Maharoof, SL Malinga, RAS Lakmal, CK Kapugedera, SMSM Senanayake