Bangladesh to meet Pakistan in the final

Courtesy: International Cricket Council

India were on Tuesday night knocked out of the Asia Cup cricket tournament after minnows Bangladesh continued their giant-killing act by upsetting Sri Lanka by five wickets in the last league match here.

Chasing a revised target of 212 after a rain interruption, the spirited hosts held their nerve to make their maiden entry into the summit showdown of the tournament where they will meet Pakistan on Thursday.

Nasir Hossain (36 not out) hit the winning boundary straight down the ground as the home crowd at the jam-packed Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium went into a state of frenzy.

Tamim Iqbal (59 off 57 balls; 9×4), Shakib Al Hasan (56 off 46; 7×4), Hossain (36 off 61; 3×4) and Mahmadullah (32 not out off 33; 3×4) were the notable batting heroes for Bangladesh who recorded their second consecutive upset wins after having beaten India last Friday.

Put into bat, Sri Lanka were all out for 232 in 49.5 overs with Chamara Kupugedegera (62 off 92; 4×4), Lahiru Thirimanne (48 off 73) and Upul Tharanga (48 off 44) making significant contributions.

But the target was reduced to 212 in 40 overs after a heavy downpour during the innings break, which lasted for a little more than an hour.

India needed a Sri Lankan victory to qualify for the final but now will have to pack their bags and return home.

They had to pay the price for the shock defeat against Bangladesh.

Prior to Tuesday’s match, Bangladesh were on four points and India on eight. But the hosts’ win shut the door on India as they had defeated the Men in Blue earlier in the meet.

As per the rules of the tournament, if two teams are tied on points, head-to-head record is considered.

Sri Lanka had a chance as Bangladesh were off to a bad start, losing three wickets with just 40 runs on the board.

But openers Iqbal and Shakib staged a remarkable comeback, adding 76 runs for the fourth wicket in just over 12 overs.

  • Byron Raj

    I think it’s time to take stock..we can’t just go on playing Kamikaze ..Insipid cricket….if we are serious about being a strong cricketing Nation.

    Asantha ..I am an Old Issipathanian like you…and you made us all proud ….when you played for Srilanka..and I am sure you will make us all Proud as a Person who has the Power to make the Change..

    I have lot of respect for you because of your NO Nonsense attitude..Please don’t fall in to that same Trap ..selecting a side to APPEASE the Political heavies and Back yard Bullies!!

    Please Asantha…as a person with the power vested in you….It’s time to make Hard decisions…decisions which need to be made…Right Now!

    Has ANGELO PERERA has shown in the practice game….. Our Cricketing Future relies on Talented Youngsters like him..



    Even we don’t succeed early..we will….SHORT TIME PAIN …LONG TIME GAIN!!!!!
    TO YOU..Asantha…

    Like all other Srilankans ..I am waiting for your next move..

    I am sure you won’t let us DOWN!!!!!

  • Susith

    Surely SL team has got no talent at all. They are toothless, weak and powerless

  • karthick

    SL are very consistent on losing the games…that is why they lose the WC 2011…Poor Show…

  • PremasiriS

    To the attention of MR ASANTHA DE MEL

    I feel like crying, not because of our lost to Bangladesh yesterday but because of selectors inability to pick the right players for the National teams. I have been highlighting theses weaknesses in 3 seniors for more than 101times in this very website for the last 3 years. A country has to be represented by players the ones who have maintain consistency throughout their careers such as Samaraweera’s, Senanayake’s, because a consistency can be maintained only by those who have proper control over their playing skills. IF YOUR’RE A BATSMAN YOU SHOULD BE IN A POSITION TO PLAY THE BALL ALL ALONG THE GROUND , ALL AROUND THE WICKET, RIGHT FROM THE MIDDLE OF THE BAT AND BE ABLE TO LEAVE BALLS THERE TO BE LEFT ALONE. IF ONE DOESN’T HAVE THESE SKILLS HIS ABILITY TO SURVIVE ON DIFFICULT CONDITIONS AGAINST QUALITY BOWLERS IS VERY REMOTE. One can’t be allowed to go for his fantasy strokes particularly as a top order batter, he has to build his innings sensible manner , treat the ball the way its comes to him, as DE VILLIERS, ALISTAIR COOKE & VIRAT KOHLI do for SA, England & India respectively. The giving of prominence to these slam bang hitters were begun since the day SIR GARFIELD SOBERS (who himself was unorthodox hitter) hailed ARJUNA RANATUNGA as a future prospect unfortunately SIR GARFIELD hadn’t taken into condiseration the ARJUNA’S CONSISTENCY as a batter but his hitting ability only. Since then all the selectors (most of them represented the Country as bowlers) who were in office started hating batsmen who have had total control over their stroke play such as ROY DIAS, RANJAN MADUGALLE, MAHANAMA, WETTIMUNY,HASHAN,ATTAPATU THILAN,.. who were always in a position to play a chanceless innings at consistent basis while over valuing reckless hitters. This is the one reson why very inconsistent batters like Sanath, Mahela were able to play 600 -500 Internationals (even though have failed 10-12 at a stretch) while players the class of Samaraweera was able to play only 166.
    I STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU TO DROP ALL THREE SENIORS, whether they are the Worlds’ best, for the two Tests against England because reckless batting has no place in Test Cricket, not because we lost yesterday’s match but taking in to accunt their entire perfomances of last 2-3 years. They come to the party only when THE WICKET IS FLAT but still they offer 2-3 straight forward chances in scoring a 50 therefore there’s noway a country can depend on such reckless batting any longer. We have to find 1-2 our own DE VILLIERSES or KHOLIS for that matter. One cannot do a DE VILLIERSE’S or KHOLI’S act without processing proper skills. You may have to advice all the prospective future players, the importance of middling the ball right in the sweet spot of the bat at regular basis. It’s a all hard work that had been put into practice by great legends like Sir DONALD BRADMAN & WOLLY HAMOND i.e. HANG A SMALLEST BALL (GOLF) ONE CAN FIND WITH A STRING FROM A HEIGHT OF 15 FEET OR MORE (BALL SHOULD BE 6” INCHES ABOVE FROM THE FLOOR)AND START HITTING , MIDDLING & TIMING THE BALL ON ITS UPWARD MOTION WITH A THINNEST BAT (A STUMP) . IN THIS MANNER ONE CAN FINE-TUNE HIS HAND MUCSELS.THIS IS A DAILY EXERCISE ONE HAS TO DO HOURS & HOURS IN ADDITION TO ALL OTHER BATTING DRILLS. These are routinal exercises one has to do throughout their careers. The most players stop these vital practices just after leaving school, a thing that should not happened. REPLACE 3 SENIORS with SAMARAWEERA , KHAUSAL SILVA,THILINA KHANDHAMBY & ANGELO PERERA together with MATHEWS,CHANDIMAL &THIRIMANNE and we must concentrate more on spin bowling (SENANAYAKE, MALINDA PUSHPAKUMARA,DULANJANA MENDIS rather than medicore pace of small made bowlers. for the time being and add players like BHANUKA, ROSHEN,ASHEN,SACHITHRA SERASINGHE MANISHAN,CHATHURANGA DE SILVA. 2 CHAMARAS are too have same defective skills of 3 seniors it is quite good for the Country if you can forget them. I would like to remind you that, when we toured Bangladesh, with 2 CHAMARAS about 3 years back (in Jan 2009 )for a 3nation tournament involving , Zimbabwe in which we were nearly beaten in all 3matches, if not for our our bowlers it was complete white wash we were nearly beaten in all matches, finaly MURALI’S batting only came to our rescue,

    ASANTHA I have very high regard for you not as a selector or you are being the PROUD OWNER OF THE TEST CAP NO 1 OF SL but as A FAST BOWLER of great skills and courage. However I HATE your liking & taste for these RECKLESS UNCONTROLLABLE HITTERS. The fast bowlers of you built and stong physique are very much scarce at present due to meaning less publicity & propaganda work done by the local media & encouragement given by the PRINCIPALS of all leading schools to rugby for the last 25 years, if not for Cricketers coming from South and other major coastal cities we may have to give up playing the Game by now.
    The local media should be advised the importance of promoting & giving prominence to Cricket and young Schoolboy Cricketers in particular as a National duty,( if they don’t want to do a honory job as the way the great journalist of the past Mr Loucian de Zoysa & Mr Bertie Wijesinghe did in the past, then hire them ), as it happened 3 decades ago and as it is happening now in our neighbour countries. About 5-6 years back Bangladesh was a soccer crazy Country, but now they have made a complete U-turn and started promoting Cricket, at present the whole Bangla Nation has taken to cricket, have a keen interest in promoting the Game. However present day local media of us has no such norms, if they were hired to promote “CHAKGUDO” they aren’t bothered and quite willingly give in to those request without much hesitation. They are not bothered a bit about what is right or wrong for that matter, that is why they are very busy catering for greedy businessmen, corrupted politicans and bogus artists & stars.

    • mr. mel

      ayyyooo, its too much, plss send short & sweet comments then every1 can read. u always blame on c.silva & kapu always talks about bunch of school boy cricketers with sam/kandamby.