BAN 261 (49.3ov)
SL 124 (35.2ov)

Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by 137 runs

MOM: Mushfiqur Rahim

  • Okay! A not so Super Saturday as Bangladesh crush Sri Lanka in a one-sided affair. We will not promise for a Super Sunday either but definitely hope for one as Hong Kong take on Pakistan in the second game at 1530 local (1130 GMT). Do join us then. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • Mushfiqur Rahim IS THE MAN OF THE MATCH for his wonderful century. He limps while taking the award. Credits the almighty for giving him the strength to bat through the heat. Stresses that it was very difficult to run through the wickets but he somehow managed. Adds that he is really happy with this knock as even though Bangladesh won in their previous ODI series in West Indies, he did not do much with the bat. So tonight, he is happy to have contributed to the team's cause.
  • Victorious Bangladesh skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza, thanks Rahim and Mithun for batting well under pressure. Says that he can say only one thing for Tamim - 'People should remember him.' Hopes his side maintains this momentum in its next game. Admits that the unit can definitely do better - for example, losing wickets in clusters can be avoided and players like Mohammad Mithun should be carrying on to bat deeper once set. He stresses that had Mithun batted longer, 280 could have been achieved. Then thanks the crowd in Bangla, for its unparalleled support. Hopes that the fans will continue to come out in large numbers and get behind them.
  • Sri Lankan captain, Angelo Mathews, admits that it was a bad effort from the whole team. Rues the fact that they had Bangladesh 3 down for 2 but then they let them off the hook. Credits his opposition though for batting well and laments his own team's effort. On using Malinga upfront, Angelo does not feel that he should be used only at the death. Blames poor shot selection from his batsmen as the reason for the loss. Agrees that there was no rotation of the strike either, especially in the first 10 overs.
  • It was a complete team effort with the ball by Bangladesh. Skipper Mortaza took 2 wickets while Mustafizur and Mehidy grabbed a couple each as well. Every bowler who bowled got a wicket. THIS IS BANGLADESH'S BIGGEST WIN IN THE ASIA CUP IN TERMS OF RUNS, beating their previous best of 116 against Hong Kong, in Colombo in 2004. Please stay tuned for the presentation if you have come up so far to read...
  • In reply, when Tharanga hit a six and a four in the first over, it seemed like it is going to be an easy run chase. But once the opening stand was broken, the Bangladeshi bowlers just ran through. We hardly witnessed any fightback and when your number 7 is your highest scorer, that too, with a 29, there is nothing much to write.
  • The start was brilliant. Comeback man Malinga showed that age is just a number and has no connection with rustiness as he first took two wickets in his first over, then injured Tamim Iqbal to have Bangladesh reeling. However, we then witnessed one of the best fightbacks produced by Bangladesh. They did lose their way towards the end but the moment of the game was Tamim Iqbal coming out to bat with a broken wrist. The momentum took Bangladesh to a competitive 261. Not to mention about Sri Lanka's dropped catches. Had those been taken, Bangladesh might have well folded up inside 150.
  • What a sad opener for a super-hyped tournament. Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh was touted to be a cracker. Bangladesh not having won a single ODI in the Middle East. The Lankans not having lost even a game to Bangladesh at neutral venues. Well, a damp squib as eventually we were caught asking - 'when will this match end?'
  • 35.2AlHasan to AAponso

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    OUT! Dropped, dropped, dropped, dropped but eventually caught. Sri Lanka's misery is over. Bangladesh have thumped them by 137 runs. Flighted outside off, Aponso comes down the track and looks to go over mid on but the ball goes off the toe end of his bat. It loops towards the substitute Nazmul Hossain Shanto who fumbles quite a number of times before finally holding on.
  • 35.1AlHasan to AAponso

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    Outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 34.6MHossain to LMalinga

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    Full and outside off, lofted over cover for a couple.
  • 34.5MHossain to LMalinga

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    On middle and leg, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 34.4MHossain to AAponso

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    The batsman plays a sweep shot. One run added to the total.
  • 34.3MHossain to AAponso

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    Tossed up outside off, watchfully defended,
  • 34.2MHossain to LMalinga

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    Outside off, punched down to long off for a single.
  • Lasith Malinga is the last man in.
  • 34.1MHossain to DPerera

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    OUT! The frustrating stand finally ends. Tossed up outside off, Dilruwan comes down the track and expects the ball to spin in. But this one holds its line and goes past the outside edge. Easy stumping for Liton Das.
  • 33.6AlHasan to DPerera

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    Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 33.5AlHasan to DPerera

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    Stays back in his crease and blocks.
  • 33.4AlHasan to DPerera

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    The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 33.3AlHasan to DPerera

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    SIX! BELLIGERENT! Flighted outside off, Dilruwan gets down and slog sweeps this massively over mid-wicket!
  • 33.2AlHasan to DPerera

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    Full on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 33.1AlHasan to DPerera

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    Around off, defended watchfully.
  • 32.6MHossain to AAponso

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    The ball strikes the batsman very low on the pads.
  • 32.5MHossain to AAponso

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    Full and outside off, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 32.4MHossain to AAponso

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    The batsman has nudged the ball fine down the leg side.
  • 32.3MHossain to AAponso

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    Down the leg side, Aponso looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 32.2MHossain to DPerera

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    The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 32.1MHossain to DPerera

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    Around off, watchfully defended.
  • DRINKS BREAK. Didn't think we will get this far. But not that it is hurting Bangladesh much. Unless they have a 1-1-1 scenario where they lose to Afghanistan and Sri Lanka beat the Afghans. Then, the net run-rate might come into play. So, if the Lankans manage to creep upto 200 (yawn), you never know...
  • 31.6AlHasan to AAponso

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    Stays back and works it straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 31.5AlHasan to AAponso

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    The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 31.4AlHasan to DPerera

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    This time he stays back in his crease and blocks.
  • 31.3AlHasan to DPerera

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    Comes down the track this time and pushes it towards cover.
  • 31.2AlHasan to DPerera

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    Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 31.1AlHasan to DPerera

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    SIX! BANG! A little bit of flight outside off and Dilruwan likes it. Jumps out and smashes it straight back over the bowler's head - okay, not straight back. Slightly in a more acute angle, or obtuse, depending on how you are visualizing. Clears long off.
  • 30.6MHossain to AAponso

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    The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 30.5MHossain to AAponso

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    The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 30.4MHossain to AAponso

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    Full and outside off, Amila looks to defend but the ball spins away, takes the outside edge and goes through the vacant first slip region to the third man region. Two runs taken.
  • 30.3MHossain to DPerera

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    Full and outside off, swept through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 30.2MHossain to DPerera

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    The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 30.1MHossain to DPerera

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    A short ball, Dilruwan looks to work it to the leg side but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. Mosaddek appeals for LBW but in vain.
  • Mosaddek Hossain to bowl as well.
  • 29.6MRahman to AAponso

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    A short ball outside off, Amila looks to cut but gets a bottom edge. The ball bounces and then goes between keeper and first slip. The former dives to his right and stops the ball.
  • 29.5MRahman to AAponso

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    On a length outside off, Aponso gets squared up, tries to push it away from his body and somehow gets it to cover.