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Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh - 6th Match

Series: India and Bangladesh in Sri Lanka T20I Tri-Series, 2018
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Date: 16 March 2018

Bangladesh 160/8 (19.5 Ovs) RR: 8.07 | Bangladesh won by 2 wkts

commentary

Seen anything from the Rajshri Productions? If this match were a movie, it would be one of them. Think about the home crowd that goes back all teary-eyed; or Sri Lanka who couldn't even qualify for a tournament final being played in the honour of their independence; or Bangladesh, who were passionately rowdy teen-like. Phew, this has been quite a game. Not sure I'm ready for an India-Bangladesh final, which is on Sunday (March 18). We'll see you there anyway; that's what we do. Until then, this is Pratyush Sinha logging out with Raju Peethala, Nikhil Jadhav, Ramakrishnan, Vineet Anantharaman and Venkatesh. Catch your breath, will ya, ta-ta!

Shakib - captain, Bangladesh: "You can't expect more than that in a T20 game. There was everything. Emotions, drama, everything. We are lucky to be on the winning side. Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera batted very well, got themselves into a winning position. I had only one hit before I came into the game, so I knew I wasn't 100%. It was important to rotate the strike and give it to Mahmudullah. This is one of our best innings in the last five overs. We always had a healthy competition on the ground (with Sri Lanka); outside, we are friends. Emotions take over sometimes. I need to be careful as the captain and the leader of the team. India are a very good side but we have the momentum, so hopefully we can continue the performance. Hopefully the Sri Lankan crowd can come and support us (laughs innocently)."

Perera - captain, Sri Lanka: "Very tough game. Really disappointed. I have to say something about our crowd -- thanks for everything. I'm sorry about not making it to the final. I sometimes take some time for my batting, I can do something only after that (what went wrong). 160 is a reasonable target. Last few series, we did well. Really good outcome from our juniors."

Mahmudullah - Player of the Match: "One of my best innings. when Shakib came into the team, that was a big boost. Players were eager to do well today. My plan was to strike the ball as hard as I can. To see the ball properly and try to hit accordingly. I was quite nervous (in the last few overs). When I and Shakib were there, I was at ease but Shakib's wicket put pressure on me. Other guys came up to me and believed that we'll do it. The confusion was that the ball (Mustafizur's wicket ball) would be the first bumper of the over but it's in the past now, so let's forget it."

Tears in the crowd that's going back quick.. Here we are with the presentations

Tamim: "It's very emotional. We saw the leg umpire signalling a no ball and that's why we were complaining. That created the confusion. It's a gentleman's game, everyone should have behaved better, especially from our team, we could have done it nicely. It's all done and dusted now. Sri Lankans are great friends. I don't think this incident will create anything bad. The last six was unbelievable. I am lost for words. I thought I should have continued a bit longer, but in the end we won. We executed the plans given by the coaches. Thisara and Kusal batted brilliantly. They gave us a challenging total, but we finished well."

I mean Sri Lanka tried their best. They were 41/5 inside 10 overs and then somehow, miraculously, thanks to the Pereras, racked up 159 that Bangladesh only chased down with a ball to spare. When Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar lost their wickets in consecutive overs, it looked like Bangladesh had undone all the hard work. But Mahmudullah, unburdened from the labours of captaincy today, stood through all that and hauled his side into the finale. How about that. There was drama around how Mustafizur's wicket-ball was a no-ball, Shakib even took his team off the ground, only for them to return and see a win. How about that!

10:32pm local: Look at Mahmudullah, look at him celebrating! He's pumped up. Runs around, fist-pumps and screams in delight. He's calling out to the heavens! And now they all go up, his team-mates, both palms reverse-cupped, fingers curled and waving, not for the catch but celebrating. Gee, it's an invasion by the snake dance, which's become quite a fad now (there were posters tonight in the crowd, I swear). And where's Shakib's t-shirt? Fast forward a minute and here's Tamim, with his hands around Mendis's shoulders to calm him down. Guess there's some words exchanged between him and Sabbir. It's difficult sometimes to comprehend the emotions but try telling that a sportsman.

19.5
6
Udana to Mahmudullah, SIX, Bangladesh win it! Wow. This is unbelievable. Quite against the run of play. Bowled slow and full on middle, Mahmudullah nonchalantly picks it over deep square leg. All the way. Look at the celebrations.. they are playing India in the final after all!
19.4
2
Udana to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, Kusal Perera misses a run out opportunity. Low full toss flicked to deep square, it's a flat throw to the keeper, who's not exactly at the stumps. Tries to parry the throw onto the stumps but Mahmudullah comes running back for the second. Dives his way back in. Oh, Kusal. 6 needed
19.3
4
Udana to Mahmudullah, FOUR, that's a wide if Mahmudullah had left it. But Mahmudullah stretches across, like spandex, and mauls it one-handed over extra cover; one bounce over the ropes. 8 needed off 3

Great, the players are back. Nice to see.

Oh dear, this isn't pretty. Umpire steps in to diffuse the tension. Shakib's furious at the boundary rope about something and .. there you go .. he's calling the Bangladeshi batsmen back. When Mustafizur got out, a couple of subs from the Bangladesh substitites, in yellow tees, came out and got into a verbal fight with Thisara Perera. That's what Shakib, and the unbeaten Mahmudullah, are not happy about. Is the debate about the height of the ball, is it? Looks like it. Apparently, the square leg umpire stretched his arm to signal a no-ball, but eventually they deemed it as a legal delivery once Mustafizz got run out. That seemed to have raised temperatures in the Bangladesh dressing room and thus, Shakib fumed at the umpires before asking his batsmen to walk back to the dressing room

Rubel Hossain, right handed bat, comes to the crease

19.2
0
Udana to Mustafizur, out Mustafizur Run Out!! This is crazy. A review off the first ball, so that was a dot, and now a wicket in the form of run out off this, so this one's too. Mustafizur in no position to pull. goes for it, misses and runs. Keeper parries the ball to the bowler, who's halfway down the pitch and runs back to dislodge the bails. 12 needed off 4 balls now. Mustafizur run out (Kusal Perera/Udana) 0(2)

Udana to Mustafizur, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

19.1
0
Udana to Mustafizur, no run, we have a review here by Sri Lanka. Front-footed pull that they think the batsman has top-edged behind. Clear flat line on the snicko, so not out. That's a dot ball, more importantly. 12 needed off 5

Mustafizur Rahman, left handed bat, comes to the crease

18.6
0
Perera to Mehidy Hasan, out Mehidy Hasan Run Out!! Direct-hit at the bowler's end. Mehidy Hasan looks like is gone and gets a lashing from Mahmudullah, who's very animated and handsy. Yeah, confirmed run out -- replays confirm it, and so does the third ump. Got his front leg out of a very full ball and drilled it to mid-off, intending a run. Goes for it, runs to the danger end and perishes to a direct-hit there. Can understand the panic but Bangladesh only making it worse for themselves. Mahmudullah is not happy one bit. He kept slamming Mehidy's wrists (although a glancing blow) while waiting for the verdict from the TV umpire. Mehidy Hasan run out (Shanaka) 0(1)

Perera to Mehidy Hasan, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

18.5
3
Perera to Mahmudullah, 3 runs, He's reached out brilliantly to the wide full ball outside off here, losing his own balance somewhat. Throws his hands and scythes it to third man, where Kusal Mendis has done well to run across and field that. Quick throw back too
18.4
4
Perera to Mahmudullah, FOUR, 15 off 8 needed now. Streches across his crease and shapes for the scoop. Flies over short fine leg
18.3
2
Perera to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, low full toss again, Mahmudullah aims big with an opened front-on stance but ends up dragging it to deep mid-wicket. A slight fumble, which allows the second
18.2
0
Perera to Mahmudullah, no run, he's taken half a step and then missed the yorker. Steady in the crease and he might actually have worked it to deep point or something maybe
18.1
2
Perera to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, jumps out to a full toss and hence cannot time it too well. Punched to deep mid-wicket, Mehidy Hasan looked like struggling but makes it back in, as Perera implores the fielder for the ball

Thisara Perera [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack

Mehidy Hasan, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Crowd's gone berserk. It's like they're independent again. "Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka"

17.6
0
Udana to Shakib, out Caught by Dananjaya!! 23 needed off 12 balls now, with Shakib gone. And how do you place a good shot straight to the fielder? Like this. Even Udana has a laugh about it. On the pads, Shakib timed the pants off that uppish slap-sweep but found the only fielder around long leg. Straight to him. Cannot overstate how important this wicket is. Cobra celebrations from Dananjaya says it all... Shakib c Dananjaya b Udana 7(9)

Udana to Shakib, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

17.5
1
Udana to Mahmudullah, 1 run, he wanted to go much squarer but Udana's angle -- from over the wicket to the right-hander -- meant that the ball skewed up off the outside half. On the bounce to third man. 23 from 13
17.4
2
Udana to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, wide yorkerish delivery, Mahmudullah reaches out with protracted hands and drills it through to deep extra cover
17.3
1
Udana to Shakib, 1 run, low full toss in trying to bowl for the yorker, Shakib arches low and sweeps it to long leg. Single, again. 26 off 15 needed
17.2
1
Udana to Mahmudullah, 1 run, goes for the wide full length ball going across. Doesn't get the length right actually, and Mahmudullah could throw his hands to third man there

Captain-is and captain-was trying to win it for Bangladesh

17.1
1
Udana to Shakib, 1 run, starts with a fuller length cutter on off-stump that Shakib runs round to mid-wicket

Isuru Udana [1.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack

Pradeep's over in the end, I fear, will hurt Sri Lanka. Let's see.

So, 29 needed in 3 overs. This is going to be tight, isn't it? Sit tight in that couch.

16.6
1
J Mendis to Shakib, 1 run, flatter ball from over the wicket to the left-hander, Shakib runs down the track and picks a single to long-off
16.5
1
J Mendis to Mahmudullah, 1 run, quick full darter, quick single to mid-on
16.4
6
J Mendis to Mahmudullah, SIX, he's used his feet to good effect. Comes down in sync with the loop and swings it over Mendis's head. 31 off 20 needed
16.3
2
J Mendis to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, good sharp second run. On the pads, nudged round the corner this time
16.2
0
J Mendis to Mahmudullah, no run, sharp flat leg break, aaaand Mahmudullah leaves it. Probably surprised by the trajectory as he was looking to make room
16.1
1
J Mendis to Shakib, 1 run, on the bounce to long-off. Shakib is eying it big. Sees the loop going across and tonks it straight down the ground

Bangladesh need 40 runs in 24 balls

15.6
2
Gunathilaka to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, deep mid-wicket runs across and cuts it off. Gets his front leg out and gives it a mighty heave-ho. Wanted much more out of this delivery, did Mahmudullah, telling ya that
15.5
1
Gunathilaka to Shakib, 1 run, patted down to long-on for a single
15.4
1
Gunathilaka to Mahmudullah, 1 run, low full toss, Mahmudullah has a wristy uppish flick towards deep mid-wicket. Fielded in the deep
15.3
4
Gunathilaka to Mahmudullah, FOUR, doesn't get hold of it but gets a boundary. A mistimed bottom-handed swipe, long-on throws himself to his left but can't stop that
15.2
1
Gunathilaka to Shakib, 1 run, pushed through on leg-stump again, Shakib makes room and dabs it through point
15.2
1
Gunathilaka to Shakib, wide, fires it down leg now in trying to bowl it quick
15.1
0
Gunathilaka to Shakib, no run, strewn outside off, Shakib cuts and misses
14.6
1
J Mendis to Shakib, 1 run, walks forward and drives to long-off

Shakib Al Hasan, left handed bat, comes to the crease

14.5
0
J Mendis to Soumya Sarkar, out Caught by Kusal Perera!! Panic mode on! This ain't over yet. This walking down the pitch against the spinners isn't working for Bangladesh. Third dismissal on the trot. Soumya Sarkar skates out of his crease, had to fetch the googly which meant he had to reverse his gears and the bat swing too... The bat face turns in his hand after grazing the inside edge which further deflected into Perera's mitts off the thigh pad. Taken on the second attempt by Kusal Perera. Game on! Soumya Sarkar c Kusal Perera b J Mendis 10(11)

J Mendis to Soumya Sarkar, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

14.4
0
J Mendis to Soumya Sarkar, no run, opens the bat face, but can't place it past short third
14.3
2
J Mendis to Soumya Sarkar, 2 runs, drifting into the pads, Soumya Sarkar gets across and clips through square leg
14.2
2
J Mendis to Soumya Sarkar, 2 runs, dabs the ball wide of cover and they nab a couple of runs
14.1
0
J Mendis to Soumya Sarkar, no run, straighter delivery on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler

Jeevan Mendis [2.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack

Mahmudullah, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Groundsmen seem to be breaking away from the ground's periphery, so that's good. We want this to go down to the wire

13.6
0
Gunathilaka to Tamim, out Caught by Kusal Perera!! Excellent take from Kusal Perera. Bangladesh undoing all the hardwork. Tamim steps out and swings the bat extravagantly looking to go over cover/extra cover. Was befuddled by the lack of spin and he gets a thick top-edge on that. Perera seemed to have misjudged that initially, but did well to collect the juggle on the second attempt. It seemed to have deflected off the shoulder, but Perera didn't lose the sight of the ball which helped him collect the ball cleanly. Tamim c Kusal Perera b Gunathilaka 50(42) [4s-3 6s-2]

Gunathilaka to Tamim, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

13.5
1
Gunathilaka to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, chips down the track and biff-drives the full ball to long-off
13.4
1
Gunathilaka to Tamim, 1 run, drills the drive through cover and that will be Tamim's first fifty against Sri Lanka. Couldn't have come at a better time
13.3
1
Gunathilaka to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, slipping down, flicked to short fine
13.2
2
Gunathilaka to Soumya Sarkar, 2 runs, full toss, wider of off, Soumya Sarkar stretches for the drive and eases it through extra cover
13.1
0
Gunathilaka to Soumya Sarkar, no run, blocked to cover

Danushka Gunathilaka [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack

Talk about celebrations... Aponso seems to have an interesting one of his own. He gave Rahim a snakecharmer send-off. Might have been a reaction to Rahim's snake-dance moves last week

12.6
1
Aponso to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, reaches out for the full ball and sends the drive to sweeper cover
12.5
1
Aponso to Tamim, 1 run, too full outside off, Tamim eases it down to long-off
12.4
1
Aponso to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, tossed on middle, Soumya Sarkar flicks through mid-wicket

Soumya Sarkar, left handed bat, comes to the crease

12.3
0
Aponso to Rahim, out Caught by Perera!! Now then, that's called a brainfade moment. Out of nowhere, Rahim decides to saunter down and smash Amila Aponso over extra cover, got too close to the pitch of the ball and ended up chipping the drive off the toe-end, straight into the safe hands of Thisara at extra cover. Didn't need to move an inch. A straightforward chance and he reverse cupped it sans any fuss. Rahim c Perera b Aponso 28(25) [4s-2]

Aponso to Rahim, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

"Some 20-odd groundsmen have taken their position though," informs Shirshendu from the venue. "They can sense rain, is it?"

12.2
1
Aponso to Tamim, 1 run, uses his supple wrists to manoeuvre the ball towards long-on
12.1
1
Aponso to Rahim, 1 run, fuller on off, firmly driven to long-off

Amila Aponso [2.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack

11.6
6
Dananjaya to Tamim, SIX, hasn't timed this one bit, but it has gone all the way. Tamim raced down, nowhere near the pitch of the delivery, goes through with the lofty bat swing and deposits over a leaping deep extra cover. Fortune favours the brave they say
11.5
2
Dananjaya to Tamim, 2 runs, on the pads, clipped away to deep square
11.5
1
Dananjaya to Tamim, wide, and here it is, Tamim shimmies out in search of an ambitious hit and was deceived in the air. Dananjaya fired it wide, but by the time Kusal Perera could gather, Tamim made it back in
11.4
0
Dananjaya to Tamim, no run, blazes the drive, but the man at extra cover put in a splendid dive to save a certain boundary. Sri Lanka mounting pressure on Tamim. Something's gotta give...
11.3
0
Dananjaya to Tamim, no run, taps the ball into the off-side and looks for a quick single, Rahim yells no. There was never a single there and good call from Rahim
11.2
0
Dananjaya to Tamim, no run, jumps down the pitch and nicely tucks himself into a forward jabby defence
11.1
1
Dananjaya to Rahim, 1 run, walks forward and across, picks the ball off his pads and flicks to deep mid-wicket

Akila Dananjaya [3.0-0-27-2] is back into the attack

Bangladesh are in no hurry here. Their two senior batsmen batting smartly

10.6
1
J Mendis to Rahim, 1 run, gentle full toss, Rahim works it through mid-wicket
10.5
1
J Mendis to Tamim, 1 run, nudged away into the mid-wicket region
10.4
0
J Mendis to Tamim, no run, slider, Tamim looks to block but ends up deflecting it off the splice past the keeper
10.3
1
J Mendis to Rahim, 1 run, loopy full delivery drifting down leg, Rahim gets across and flicks through mid-wicket
10.2
1
J Mendis to Tamim, 1 run, floated on leg-stump, neatly flicked away to deep square
10.1
1
J Mendis to Rahim, 1 run, short outside off, Rahim camps back and cuts fiercely through covers
9.6
1
Udana to Rahim, 1 run, short of length delivery on the off stump, Rahim guides it towards third man
9.5
1
Udana to Tamim, 1 run, that's short and slow from Udana, Tamim pulls it to deep backward square leg, that was the back-of-the-hand slower delivery from the bowler
9.4
0
Udana to Tamim, no run, low full toss on the leg stump, Tamim glances it to short fine leg, a couple of yards either side of the fielder would have been four
9.3
1
Udana to Rahim, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off stump, Rahim guides it to third man
9.2
4
Udana to Rahim, FOUR, cut away uppishly and past the flying backward point fielder, full and wide outside off stump, Rahim slices it hard, lucky that he placed it wide of the fielder
9.1
1
Udana to Tamim, 1 run, slower delivery outside off stump, Tamim cuts it square of the wicket on the off-side

Isuru Udana, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Shirshendu Roy has spotted something: "Little tiff between Jeevan Mendis and Mushfiqur Rahim as the former collides with the non-striker while trying to stop the ball. Next ball, Mendis was again moving towards the ball before he decided to stop next to Rahim and make a remark. Sri Lanka realize he's the man in form and this could be a way of getting under his skin."

8.6
1
J Mendis to Tamim, 1 run, very full and on the off stump, Tamim flicks it to mid-wicket
8.5
1
J Mendis to Rahim, 1 run, worked away to backward square leg
8.4
1
J Mendis to Tamim, 1 run, a direct-hit would have been curtains for Tamim. Shortish and spinning away outside off stump, Tamim mistimes the drive to cover, takes off for a run and Thisara misses the target at the bowler's end
8.3
0
J Mendis to Tamim, no run, pushed into the off-side
8.2
0
J Mendis to Tamim, no run, punched back to the bowler, looks like Mendis bumped into Rahim and some words are being exchanged
8.1
0
J Mendis to Tamim, no run, Tamim goes hard on the drive and gets a thick edge that rolls to short third man

Jeevan Mendis, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

7.6
0
Dananjaya to Rahim, no run, driven to the left of the bowler
7.5
1
Dananjaya to Tamim, 1 run, fullish and on the stumps, Tamim flicks it to square leg
7.4
6
Dananjaya to Tamim, SIX, that is an awesome hit from Tamim. Came down the track, got to the pitch of the ball and went through with the lofted hit, hit with the turn and the timing was so good that he cleared the fielder comfortably at long-off
7.3
1
Dananjaya to Rahim, 1 run, wristed to mid-wicket
7.2
1
Dananjaya to Tamim, 1 run, full and on the off stump, Tamim drives it to mid-off
7.1
1
Dananjaya to Rahim, 1 run, flatter ball from Dananjaya, Rahim gets an inside edge on the flick and the ball rolls into the on-side

Akila Dananjaya [2.0-0-17-2] is back into the attack

6.6
1
Gunathilaka to Rahim, 1 run, very full and on the stumps, Rahim flicks it to deep mid-wicket
6.5
1
Gunathilaka to Tamim, 1 run, worked away to short fine leg
6.4
0
Gunathilaka to Tamim, no run, fullish and on the stumps, Tamim drives to the right of the bowler, who dives and stops the ball
6.4
5
Gunathilaka to Tamim, 5 wides, now the keeper totally misses it, freebies for Bangladesh. Gunathilaka, in an attempt to cramp Tamim for room, is bowling leg stump line and in the process lost control of this ball
6.4
1
Gunathilaka to Tamim, wide, he's pushed this down the leg-side, the keeper fails to stops it cleanly
6.3
0
Gunathilaka to Tamim, no run, Tamim always tends to get that front foot awkwardly across the line while trying to flick, luckily Gunathilaka's quicker ball was sliding down the leg side even though it hit him in line with leg stump
6.2
0
Gunathilaka to Tamim, no run, quicker ball outside off stump, Tamim opens the face of the bat and guides it to short third man
6.1
1
Gunathilaka to Rahim, 1 run, fullish and on the off stump, Rahim wants to flick, gets a soft leading edge that rolls to cover

Danushka Gunathilaka, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

5.6
4
Perera to Tamim, FOUR, just a bit of width outside off stump and Tamim cuts it away nicely past backward point, holds the pose after playing the shot
5.5
1
Perera to Rahim, 1 run, steered away to third man
5.4
2
Perera to Rahim, 2 runs, slower ball on the off stump, Rahim flicks it to mid-wicket
5.3
1
Perera to Tamim, 1 run, uses the pace on the ball and guides this short of length delivery to third man
5.2
0
Perera to Tamim, no run, fullish and on the off stump, Tamim defends to short cover
5.1
1
Perera to Rahim, 1 run, full and angled in on off stump, carefully flicked away through backward square leg

Thisara Perera, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

4.6
1
Aponso to Rahim, 1 run, now he flicks along the ground to square leg
4.5
0
Aponso to Rahim, no run, highly optimistic LBW shout, the slider again, Rahim was beaten on the flick due to the quicker pace on the ball, hit in line with leg stump, but with Aponso bowling round the wicket, that was never going to disturb the timber behind
4.4
0
Aponso to Rahim, no run, flatter delivery on the off stump, Rahim defends
4.3
4
Aponso to Rahim, FOUR, in the airrr and clears mid-off. The crowd thought that was going to hand. Rahim is the key man, he steps out and with runs behind him, goes for the lofted off-drive and connects well
4.2
2
Aponso to Rahim, 2 runs, walks forward and flicks this flighted delivery through mid-wicket
4.1
0
Aponso to Rahim, no run, flighted delivery just outside off stump, Rahim defends

The crowd is very loud and right behind the home team.

3.6
1
Dananjaya to Rahim, 1 run, fullish and on the off stump, Rahim flicks it to square leg

Mushfiqur Rahim, right handed bat, comes to the crease

3.5
0
Dananjaya to Sabbir Rahman, out Stumped!! That's a lovely piece of bowling from Dananjaya. You can't blame Sabbir Rahman much here. Classic offie's dismissal. Nicely floated up outside off stump, thus drawing the batsman forward, Sabbir was tempted to play the off-drive, he took the invitation and went for it, the shot was definitely on as the ball was full enough, but the slight drift away and the dip on the batsman foxed the batsman. Sabbir lost balance and was drawn outside the crease. Good amount of turn and it brushed the pad en route to the keeper, who juggled and then whipped the bails off. Decent work by the glovesman too, for he was blinded by the batsman and had to make the adjustment for the deflection of the pad. Sabbir Rahman st Kusal Perera b Dananjaya 13(8) [4s-3]

Dananjaya to Sabbir Rahman, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!

3.4
0
Dananjaya to Sabbir Rahman, no run, moves across and works it to mid-wicket
3.3
4
Dananjaya to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, now that's a really bad miss, would be frustrating for the bowler and the captain. Flighted delivery around the off stump, Sabbir plays the revers sweep, hits it well, went to the right of short third man, who got behind the ball, but let it go right through

Dhananjaya de Silva is on the field for Pradeep.

3.2
1
Dananjaya to Tamim, 1 run, the front foot forward and rotated to square leg
3.1
2
Dananjaya to Tamim, 2 runs, that's a good-looking flick shot off the back foot, didn't look like it would threaten the man in the deep to the boundary, but mid-wicket was very vacant
2.6
0
Aponso to Sabbir Rahman, no run, leans forward and defends
2.5
1
Aponso to Tamim, 1 run, shortish and on the leg stump, Tamim tucks it to mid-wicket
2.4
4
Aponso to Tamim, FOUR, oh that's a fine lap-sweep to this low full toss, but there's more focus on Nuwan Pradeep, who was badly cramping up while trying to stop the ball at short fine leg. Looks like it's the hammie on the right leg. The physio runs out. Oh dear, he's being helped off the field by the physio and substitute Suranga Lakmal
2.3
1
Aponso to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, fullish and on the leg stump, Sabbir tucks it to short mid-wicket
2.2
0
Aponso to Sabbir Rahman, no run, the slider, hurried Sabbir on the back foot, manages to defend though
2.1
1
Aponso to Tamim, 1 run, very full and on the leg stump, Tamim flicks to deep square leg

Amila Aponso, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

1.6
4
Dananjaya to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, now that is brilliantly played off the back foot, he's played proper cricketing shots and got 8 off 2 against Sri Lanka's key bowler. Maybe Liton could take note of this. Shortish and spinning back in outside off stump, Sabbir goes back and punches it through cover, splitting the fielders inside the ring
1.5
4
Dananjaya to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, nice sweep shot, no sighters needed, gets a flighted delivery first ball and because it was well outside off stump, planted his knee down on the pitch and went through with the shot, timing was excellent

Sabbir Rahman, right handed bat, comes to the crease

1.4
0
Dananjaya to Liton Das, out Caught by Perera!! That's pressure for you. This is just the first over from Dananjaya, you can play him out safely as the target isn't too big, but Liton Das goes for glory and ends up offering a simple catch for the man at mid-off. The ball was there to be hit he'll say as Dananjaya bowled slow and wide outside off stump, Liton wanted to go over extra-cover, but mistimed it and hit it straighter. Massive roar from the crowd. They want Sri Lanka to meet India in the final. Liton Das c Perera b Dananjaya 0(3)

Dananjaya to Liton Das, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

1.3
0
Dananjaya to Liton Das, no run, swept away towards backward square leg
1.2
1
Dananjaya to Tamim, 1 run, oh this is going to be interesting, Tamim is naturally an aggressive batsman, it's going to be tough against Dananjaya with all the tricks up his sleeve, this time Tamim steps out and in the end had to reach out for the slap-drive as Dananjaya dragged the length short, lucky that it didn't carry to mid-off
1.1
0
Dananjaya to Tamim, no run, lots of encouragement from the keeper and the crowd as Dananjaya gets this flighted delivery spot on, draws Tamim on the front foot and defends

Akila Dananjaya, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

0.6
0
Pradeep to Liton Das, no run, beaten, that was a really bad poke away from the body from Liton Das. Just wanted to feel bat on ball, so ended up pushing at it, lucky that he didn't edge it to the keeper. The ball bounced extra and also moved away late
0.6
1
Pradeep to Liton Das, wide, that's been sprayed down the leg-side, Pradeep will have to rebowl that
0.5
1
Pradeep to Tamim, 1 run, nudged to mid-wicket
0.4
4
Pradeep to Tamim, FOUR, lovely straight drive past the bowler. Overpitched from Pradeep, Tamim forward and gets the placement right, the bowler couldn't get down to his right in his followthrough
0.3
0
Pradeep to Tamim, no run, Tamim wants to drive through cover, but the bat turns in his hands and the ball rolls to mid-on
0.2
4
Pradeep to Tamim, FOUR, now this is a short and wide ball that's been smashed over backward point
0.1
0
Pradeep to Tamim, no run, cut away straight to backward point

Tamim and Liton Das are at the crease. Tamim is on strike. Pradeep will open the attack