"We are yet to become champions [at the] end of the day. We still have to play in the final which is most important for us. There is no way to be relaxed," Mahmud said. He was also praise for his bowlers who have done a great job in the series so far.
"I think it's a great thing. Earlier, we used to hear that Bangladesh could not defend low scores but we managed to defend 216 quite impressively," Mahmud noted. "When I see that it feels really good. The way bowlers bowled, bowling in the right areas was really impressive. Earlier we were unable to get wickets with the new ball. But we are bowling well with the new ball in this tournament."
In the previous match Bangladesh had beat the Zimbabweans convincingly by 91 runs. That was their third successive bonus point win.
Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first
Playing XI Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Abul Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain
Playing XI Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera
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Commentary (Sri Lanka innings)
Right then! Bangladesh have been handed a serious drubbing at the hands of Sri Lanka today. Wouldn't be wrong to predict that Chandimal and his boys have the momentum by their side heading into the finals. Bangladesh would look at this as a bad day at the office and need to leave this performance behind. It's 1-1 between these two sides in the group stages. Who will have his hands on the trophy? We shall find out on Saturday, January 27 at 1200 Local (06oo GMT). Till then, goodbye and cheers!
Man of the Match, Suranga Lakmal starts by saying they had a plan set coming into this match and is elated to execute it to perfection. Mentions they worked really hard in the past few days and it paid off.
Sri Lanka skipper, Dinesh Chandimal is really proud with the way his team played today. States they did everything according to the plan and is happy to come out on the right side of the result. Lauds Lakmal and Chameera to set the tone in the first innings with the ball and then credits Tharanga and Gunathilaka for finishing things off, all by themselves. Is really happy with his team's effort on the field and hopes to put up a similar show in the finals.
Bangladesh skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza, says they can't win everyday. Mentions they would look to work on their mistakes. He states they can't always be reliant on Tamim and Shakib. Reckons the middle order needs to stand up and deliver the goods. Admits all the boys are trying their best and hence, nobody can be blamed. Opines it was a good wicket to bat on but the application wasn't there from the batters. Ends by saying it was a bad day for them.
A commanding show from the Lankans to book their berth in the finals. They were under the pump but came out all guns blazing today to outclass the hosts in all departments of the game. Firstly, they displayed a disciplined bowling performance, especially Lakmal, to bundle out Bangladesh for a scanty 82 and then chased down the target without breaking a sweat. Both the openers, Gunathilaka and Tharanga seemed like they batted on a different surface as they swatted the hosts' bowlers around the park and got their team over the line inside 12 overs. This is their biggest win against Bangladesh in terms of balls remaining...
11.5 M Rahman to D Gunathilaka, That's it! Sri Lanka are through to the finals! It's the cutter again from Rahman, Gunathilaka goes for the pull but gets an inside edge through backward square leg and the batsmen cross over. SRI LANKA BEAT BANGLADESH BY 10 WICKETS! 83/0
11.4 M Rahman to D Gunathilaka, Gunathilaka swivels inside the crease to pull but the slowness on the ball doesn't allow him to get going with the shot! Gets hit on the pads and the ball rolls back down the track. 82/0
11.3 M Rahman to U Tharanga, Opens the bat face and runs it down towards third man for a single. SCORERS ARE LEVEL NOW! 82/0
11.2 M Rahman to U Tharanga, Hits the deck hard, loops over the head of the batsman. The umpire calls it one for the over. 81/0
11.1 M Rahman to U Tharanga, Slower one, angling in on middle and off, Tharanga hangs back to keep it out towards the cover fielder. 81/0
10.6 Al Hasan to D Gunathilaka, What was Gunathilaka trying to do? Shapes up for a fancy reverse sweep but it's too full to play that shot. Misses and the ball goes just past the leg pole and into the keeper's gloves. 81/0
10.5 Al Hasan to D Gunathilaka, Turning back in on middle, worked with the spin towards square leg. 81/0
10.4 Al Hasan to U Tharanga, Loopy delivery on off, UT milks it down to long off for a single. 81/0
10.3 Al Hasan to U Tharanga, FOUR! Gets it through this time! A bit fuller and outside off, Tharanga leans across and drills it through cover-point. No need to run for those! 80/0
10.2 Al Hasan to U Tharanga, Shortish and asking to be hit, Tharanga flays it towards backward point where Nasir Hossain makes a diving stop. 76/0
10.2 Al Hasan to U Tharanga, FIVE WIDES! Bonus runs for Sri Lanka! Shakib fires it down the leg side, Upul just tries to help it away but fails to get any wood on it. The keeper too can't get to it as it races down to the fine leg fence for a boundary. 76/0
10.1 Al Hasan to U Tharanga, Floats it up around off, Upul stands back in defense. 71/0
Powerplay 2 signalled. But it's of no matter given the context of the game. Anyway, Shakib Al Hasan to roll his arm over. Sri Lanka need 12 to win.
9.6 M Rahman to U Tharanga, Good length delivery, angling in on middle and leg, clipped in front of the square leg fielder for a quick single. 71/0
9.5 M Rahman to D Gunathilaka, Back of a length delivery outside off, Gunathilaka sits back and steers it behind point for a single. 70/0
9.4 M Rahman to U Tharanga, Worked with the angle through the gap at mid-wicket for a single. 69/0
9.4 M Rahman to U Tharanga, Wide! Second one of the over! Mustafizur bowls another short one, it sails over the head of the batsman. 68/0
9.3 M Rahman to D Gunathilaka, Back of a length delivery, angling in, dragged off the inner half through square leg. Shakib in the deep covers good ground to keep them down to one. 67/0
9.3 M Rahman to D Gunathilaka, Wide! Shortish, slower one again, Danushka ducks under it. 66/0
9.2 M Rahman to D Gunathilaka, SIX! Pummeled! Rahman bowls a leg cutter on middle and leg, on the shorter side. It seemed like Gunathilaka anticipated this. Stays back footed and pulls it with aplomb over backward square leg for a biggie. 65/0
9.1 M Rahman to D Gunathilaka, Good length delivery, slower in pace, Gunathilaka clips it off the pads towards square leg. 59/0
Mustafizur Rahman is brought into the attack.
8.6 N Hossain to U Tharanga, SIX! Down the track and bang! Hossain tosses it up on the stumps, Tharanga skips down the track and belts it powerfully with a flat bat down the ground. Meaty blow, that! Sri Lanka need just 24 runs to win! 59/0
8.5 N Hossain to D Gunathilaka, Eased down to long on for a single. 53/0
8.4 N Hossain to U Tharanga, Makes room to drive it through but gets it off the inner half towards mid on for one. 52/0
8.3 N Hossain to U Tharanga, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 51/0
8.2 N Hossain to D Gunathilaka, Short and turning away, Danushka goes back and slaps it through covers for a single. 51/0
8.1 N Hossain to D Gunathilaka, Leans forward to a full ball and blocks it out gently. 50/0
7.6 A Hasan to U Tharanga, SIX! Slammed! Hasan changes the pace and delivers a fuller ball at 110.5 kph, Tharanga picks it up and with a classical loft he dumps it over the long on fence. Clears the rope with utmost ease. 50 comes up for Sri Lanka as well. They are cruising through. 50/0
7.5 A Hasan to U Tharanga, Taps this length ball into the cover region. Wants the single but it is not on. 44/0
7.4 A Hasan to D Gunathilaka, Short of a length delivery outside off, steered fine down towards third man for one. 44/0
7.3 A Hasan to U Tharanga, Back of a length delivery outside off, tapped in front of the point fielder for a brisk single. 43/0
7.2 A Hasan to U Tharanga, Inside edge and it's a good stop from Rahim! Ahead of a length and in the channel outside off, Tharanga goes hard at it, ekes out a thick inside edge which evades the stumps and was racing away but Rahim shows great reflexes as he quickly dives to his right to stop that one. 42/0
7.1 A Hasan to U Tharanga, Shortish and angling away outside off, Tharanga goes chasing after it but the ball moves away late to beat him all ends up. 42/0
6.6 N Hossain to D Gunathilaka, Flatter one on the stumps, stabbed off the back foot. 42/0
6.5 N Hossain to D Gunathilaka, Loopy delivery around middle and off, Danushka comes down the track to flick it away but gets a leading edge which rolls towards cover. 42/0
6.4 N Hossain to D Gunathilaka, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 42/0
6.3 N Hossain to U Tharanga, Flighted delivery outside off, Upul lofts it over extra cover. The man from long off sprints to his right to stop it. Only a single taken. 42/0
6.2 N Hossain to U Tharanga, Leans ahead and smothers it away. 41/0
6.1 N Hossain to U Tharanga, Floats it up around off, pushed off the front foot towards cover. 41/0
5.6 A Hasan to D Gunathilaka, On middle and leg, Gunathilaka looks to flick but gets it off the pads towards the square leg fielder. 41/0
5.5 A Hasan to D Gunathilaka, Shortish delivery on leg stump, Gunathilaka goes for the pull but gets it off the gloves towards the short fine leg. 41/0
5.4 A Hasan to D Gunathilaka, Good length delivery on middle and leg, tucked towards mid-wicket. 41/0
5.3 A Hasan to D Gunathilaka, SIX! Clean strike! Gunathilaka shimmies out just a bit to this length delivery and with an high elbows, he lifts it down the ground. Makes marvelous connection to send it soaring over the long off fence for a maximum. He's made it look really easy. 41/0
5.2 A Hasan to D Gunathilaka, Pitches it up on off, creamed straight to the man at cover. 35/0
5.1 A Hasan to U Tharanga, Touch short and slanting away outside off, slashed off the edge down to third man for a single. 35/0
4.6 N Hossain to D Gunathilaka, Slider on the pads, worked with soft hands towards the square leg fielder. 34/0
4.5 N Hossain to U Tharanga, Good effort from Tamim Iqbal! Nasir floats it up on off, Tharanga comes down the track and looks to go inside out over cover. He connects but Iqbal at extra cover comes in between. He leaps with his left hand out but only gets a fingertips to it. The ball goes through and they take a single. 34/0
4.4 N Hossain to U Tharanga, Edgyyy! Slows it through the air, it's around off, Tharanga presses forward to defend but gets it off the outer edge past the first slip fielder for a couple more. 33/0
4.3 N Hossain to U Tharanga, SIX! All timing and picks up a maximum! Hossain gives it nice loop, lands it full outside off, Tharanga clears his front leg and smokes it straight back down the ground. There is a man at long off but all he can do is watch the ball sail over him and into the fence for a maximum. 31/0
4.2 N Hossain to U Tharanga, Floats it up outside off, Upul dances down the track and drives it straight to the same fielder. 25/0
4.1 N Hossain to U Tharanga, Starts off from around the wicket and bowls a flatter ball around off, Tharanga pushes it off the front foot towards cover. 25/0
Nasir Hossain is brought into the attack.
3.6 A Hasan to U Tharanga, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single. 25/0
3.5 A Hasan to U Tharanga, Length ball outside off, Tharanga tries to defend but is beaten by the away movement. 24/0
3.4 A Hasan to U Tharanga, A bouncer down the leg side, Tharanga misses the pull and it goes to the keeper. 24/0
3.3 A Hasan to D Gunathilaka, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 24/0
3.2 A Hasan to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! Save your head bowler! Short on the stumps, Gunathilaka flat bats it over the bowler's head for a boundary. 60 more needed. 23/0
3.1 A Hasan to U Tharanga, Shorter in length outside off, Tharanga tries to cut but it goes off the toe end down to third man for a single. 19/0
2.6 M Mortaza to D Gunathilaka, On the leg stump. worked delicately towards square leg for a run. 18/0
2.5 M Mortaza to D Gunathilaka, Back of a length on middle, defended solidly. 18/0
2.4 M Mortaza to U Tharanga, Outside off, Tharanga flashes at it, away from his body. The ball takes the outside edge and goes down to third man for a run. 18/0
2.3 M Mortaza to U Tharanga, Back of a length on off, defended towards covers. 17/0
2.2 M Mortaza to D Gunathilaka, On the pads, worked around the corner for a run, 17/0
2.1 M Mortaza to U Tharanga, Fuller on middle, flicked to mid-wicket for a single. 16/0
1.6 A Hasan to U Tharanga, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single. 15/0
1.5 A Hasan to D Gunathilaka, On a length around off, defended towards covers for a run. 14/0
1.4 A Hasan to D Gunathilaka, Down the leg side, flicked to short fine leg. 13/0
1.3 A Hasan to U Tharanga, Abul is generating good bounce here! He bowls it around off, it takes off after pitching. Tharanga tries to defend but it goes off the handle down towards third man for a run. 13/0
1.2 A Hasan to U Tharanga, Short and outside off, Tharanga first tries to pull but is surprised by the pace and hence, pulls his bat out of the way. 12/0
1.1 A Hasan to U Tharanga, On a length around middle, Tharanga works it to mid-wicket. 12/0
Abul Hasan will bowl the second over for Bangladesh.
0.6 M Mortaza to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Mortaza drags his length short but there is no real speed behind the ball. Danushka swivels inside the crease and helps it with a pull over square leg. The man gives it a long chase but the ball wins the race. 12 off the first over! 12/0
0.5 M Mortaza to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! Makes the most of the freebie! Mortaza in search of the yorker, ends up doling a full toss on the stumps. Gunathilaka gets low and smashes it straight back over the bowler's head for a boundary. 8/0
0.5 M Mortaza to D Gunathilaka, Wide! Fires it full and wide outside the tramline. DG lets it be. Free Hit is still on. 4/0
0.5 M Mortaza to D Gunathilaka, Good length delivery, angling across, worked away towards the leg side. It's a no ball as the skipper has overstepped. 3/0
0.4 M Mortaza to D Gunathilaka, Good shot! Ahead of a length and bowled outside the off stump line, Gunathilaka punches it on the up towards mid off. Tamim Iqbal gets a bit of hand to it to take the pace off. He then chases the ball and keeps the batsmen down to two. 2/0
0.3 M Mortaza to D Gunathilaka, On a length and just around that off stump line, Danushka blocks it out off the front foot. 0/0
0.2 M Mortaza to D Gunathilaka, Stays behind the line and offers a straight bat. 0/0
0.1 M Mortaza to D Gunathilaka, Begins his spell with a short ball, just outside off, punched solidly off the back foot towards the cover fielder. 0/0