Mahmudullah seals the game with a neatly-flicked six in the last over from Udana. The Bangladesh team breaks into a unified ‘nagin’ dance. Much drama even after the game ended with a few players being pulled back by their teammates.
But, it’s Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Trophy, 2018!
Things getting slightly out of hand here at the RPS. Looks like one of the extras from the Bangladesh dugout was coming in with a message for the batsmen, and the Sri Lankan players almost shooed him off. Looks like Shakib is calling his batsmen back in protest. Absolute madness unfolding at the moment.
But they’re playing on now!
FIFTY AND OUT
Tamim Iqbal falls soon after getting a fifty. It’s Gunathilaka with the breakthrough. A thick outside edge is snaffled up by Kusal Perera despite a slight fumble.
WICKET: End of a 64-run stand
Mushfiqur tries to hit the left-arm spinner Aponso over the top but hits it straight to the man at cover.
Tamim, Mushfiqur push Bangladesh ahead
Both batsmen are finding the boundaries at will and have put on a brisk stand for the third wicket. That keeps the chase going nicely.
WICKET: Sabbir too falls to Dananjaya
Kusal Perera fumbles a bit but is able to pull off the stumping in time. Sabbir was too far down the track to make a quick comeback.
Injury for Pradeep
The pacer pulls up badly while trying to chase a ball. He’s seen stretching his right leg and is helped off the field by the support staff. That’s not good news for Sri Lanka.
WICKET: Akila strikes early
Liton Das tries to loft Dananjaya over the top but holes out to mid off. A wicket in the second over for Sri Lanka.
INNINGS BREAK: Sri Lanka end up with 159
They’ve come a far way from 41/5. It’s all thanks to a 97-run stand between the two Pereras. The total is still a chasable one and ought to be a good one. Coming up shortly.
Thisara gets a fifty as well
That’s his maiden T20I fifty and a very important one for Sri Lanka. He gets out for 58 but that’s a job well done for Sri Lanka.
Kusal fights on
The counterattack from Kusal Perera is coming off wonderfully well for Sri Lanka. He’s raced away to a fifty off just 32 balls. He’s taking Sri Lanka towards a competitive total.
WICKET: Mehidy gets Jeevan
The left-hander tries to sweep and gets a top edge to short fine leg. Bangladesh have been brilliant so far.
Another wicket, another one for Fizz
A golden duck for Dasun Shanaka. He pokes out at one angling across and edges to the ‘keeper. Sri Lanka 32/4 now. That tells the story.
WICKET: A run out now!
All sorts of trouble for Sri Lanka. A confusion results in Tharanga being caught well short at the non-striker’s end. Bangladesh are cock-a-hoop.
WICKET: Mustafizur bags Kusal Mendis
Bangladesh have got a great start in the powerplay. Very few boundaries in it and now Mustafizur has Kusal Mendis pulling to mid wicket. Sri Lanka in a spot of bother.
WICKET: Shakib gets Gunathilaka
The openers were not allowed to break free in the first couple of overs, and that results in a wicket. Gunathilaka swings hard and gets a top edge down to long on.
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Shakib Al Hasan(c), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Islam
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera(w), Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera(c), Jeevan Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Nuwan Pradeep