Bangladesh defeat Sri Lanka, to clash with India in Nidahas trophy final

NEW DELHI March 17, 2018: Bangladesh managed a stunning two-wicket victory over Sri Lanka under dramatic circumstances in the sixth T20 match of the Nidahas Trophy 2018 at Colombo on Friday to set up a clash against India on March 18, media reports said. Mahmudullah, unbeaten on 43, hit the winning runs in the second last delivery of the match to reach the target of 160.

The match was spoiled by the drama in the last over as Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan called two of his batsmen to walk out of the field to protest against a run-out decision to Mustafizur Rahman on a seemingly shoulder-height ball. But better sense prevailed in the end after arguments between the players of the two sides and intervention by match officials.

Bangladesh, who have also beaten the same opponents earlier in the tournament, secured four points from four matches to enter the final.

India, with six points from four matches, have already qualified for the final. Sri Lanka finished last with two points.

Chasing a target of 160, Bangladesh were nicely placed at 80 for 2 at the halfway stage but they lost their way after that as their three key batsmen — Mushfiqur Rahim (28), Tamim Iqbal (50) and Soumya Sarkar (10) — fell one after the other in the next three overs as Sri Lanka sought to turn the tables in the second half of the innings.

But it was still a chaseable target as Bangladesh needed 30 runs from three overs with captain Shakib Al Hasan (7) and Mahmadullah at the crease.

The departure of Shakib, who was playing his first match of the tournament after sitting out due to a finger injury, in the 18th over made matters difficult for Bangladesh.

Mahmadullah kept his nerve and took his side home, said the reports.

Bangladesh needed 12 from the final over but Mustafizur Rahman (2) was given run out in the second ball which triggered a wave of wild protests both from Mahmadullah and the team bench beyond the ropes.

After the matters were sorted out, Mahmadullah hit the third ball of the final over for a boundary and then hoisted Isuru Udana for a six to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.