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Bangladesh stormed into the final of the Nidahas Twenty20 Tri-Series by trouncing Sri Lanka in a crucial match at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo

on Friday.

Mahmudullah Riyad played a breath-taking innings of 43 runs to help his team edge out Sri Lanka by two wickets.

Chasing 160 for victory in a virtual semi-final, Mahmudullah steered the team home with a six on the penultimate ball but not before a heated exchange of words between the players of the two sides.

The Tigers will take on India in the final tomorrow.

Drama unfolded when Mustafizur Rahman missed two bouncers from Isuru Udana in the final over and was run out.

But the Bangladesh players contested the call, saying it was a no ball due to its height.

Sanity prevailed at R.

Premadasa stadium and Bangladesh erupted after getting the winning runs, reports AFP.
It was a crucial third-wicket partnership between opener Tamim Iqbal, who made 50 off 42 balls, and Mushfiqur Rahim, who hit 28, that set up the win for the underdogs.

Mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya claimed two wickets.

Earlier, Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera struck gritty half-centuries to lift the hosts to 159-7 after being put into bat first.

The left-handed pair of Kusal (61) and Thisara (58) counter-attacked after Sri Lanka were reduced to 41-5.

Pace spearhead Mustafizur claimed two wickets.

The tournament commemorates 70 years of Sri Lankan independence.

“You can’t expect more than that in a T20 game, so much excitement, emotion,” said skipper Shakib Al Hasan after the win.

“We always had healthy competition in the ground, but outside, we are friends. Emotions take over, I need to be careful as a leader of a team, I will be careful next time,” the star allrounder added.

Mahmudullah, who was stand-in-captain till Shakib joined the side on Thursday after recovering from a finger injury, hit 3 fours and 2 sixes during his 18-ball blitz to be named the man 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,” Mahmudullah said.

“When Shakib got out, I was under pressure. The confusion was because it was the first bumper, but we should forget it, (it) happens in the game.”

The left-handed pair of Kusal (61) and Thisara (58) counter-attacked after Sri Lanka were reduced to 41-5. Pace spearhead Mustafizur claimed two wickets.

“Very tough game, we are disappointed. We thought we were 10-15 runs short, 160 is still reasonable,” said a disappointed Thisara, who was standing in as captain for suspended Dinesh Chandimal.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated Bangladesh cricket team for confirming the final berth in the Nidahas Trophy tournament.

In his message, the President congratulated the cricket team for winning the crucial match against Sri Lanka, president’s deputy press secretary Abul Kalam Azad told UNB.

The premier in her message greeted the cricket team for stepping into the final of the Nidahas Trophy tri-nation T20I tournament.

She hopes that the winning spree of the Tigers will be continued in the coming match.
Source: daily sun

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