Bangladesh beat SL in drama-filled match, face India in final


Shakib wasn't quite so cool earning himself a demerit and 25% match fee fine for accosting the umpires after a controversial decision and threatening to pull his batsmen off the park. We are lucky to be on the winning side. He was pushed as a group of Sri Lanka fielders followed him to the boundary.

With the hosts in deep trouble at 41/5, Kusal Perera and stand-in skipper Thisara Perera came to the rescue with a 97-run partnership, during which Kusal brought up his half-century.

However, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim stabilised the innings with a 64-run partnership before Rahim was dismissed by Amila Aponso for 28.

Bangladesh thanks to the heroics of Mahmudullah, who maintained his demeanour amidst the chaos that ensued in the final over, pipped Sri Lanka to enter the Nidahas Trophy final.

The skipper Rohit Sharma had given India a flying start (24/0 in two overs) but they lost Shikhar Dhawan (10) and Suresh Raina (0) in six balls to slip to 32/2 in 3.3 overs.

Sri Lanka slumped to 41-5 but Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera shared 97 runs for the sixth wicket off 61 balls to lift their team. He belted the next ball for four, struck two off the fourth ball before smashing a towering six to win the game with the penultimate one. The 18-year-old has bowled exceptionally in the powerplay and has been giving the team vital breakthroughs, which helped Team India put pressure on their opposition right from the start. When Isuru Udana sent down two consecutive balls over shoulder-height, it was expected that second one would be called a no-ball as only one shoulder-height delivery is allowed in an over. The presence of the home team in the final would have assured a full house at the R Premadasa Stadium, however even if that's not the case, people should come out in reasonable numbers as there will be some quality white-ball cricketers on show on a Sunday evening.

Shakib missed the first three games of the tri-nation T20I tournament due to a finger injury, which he sustained during the tri-nation in Dhaka in January. One bad tournament and I will be way out. "I'm not sure how many people are going to turn up - I genuinely wish they turn up in good numbers". The competition in the Indian team is so strong that every time you get an opportunity you need to try and give your best.

"It is always a little bit harder to rotate the strike on these wickets".

"There is pressure, but I need to be able to handle it, embrace it rather than run away from it", the Chennai-born cricketer said. To be honest, we are all good friends. "The confusion was because it was the first bumper, but we should forget it, (it) happens in the game".