Murali Vijay* 13(49); | Lokesh Rahul 16(49);
Lungisani Ngidi* 2-0-6-0; | Morne Morkel 4-1-9-0
Upul Tharanga* 39(37); | Danushka Gunathilaka 35(37);
Mustafizur Rahman* 1.5-0-14-0; | Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-10-0
14:08 local: Only two double-digit scores, only four bowlers used, not even half the overs bowled and Bangladesh - won the toss and decided to bat - must be wondering 'Phewf! What just happened' They must be crestfallen to say the least. Things never went accoring to the plan right from the start, they kept losing wickets and I guess, losing Shakib and Tamim in the space of three balls distorted their minds. Afterall, they have been Bangladesh's best batsmen in the series, and things just went downhill from thereon. Rahim showed some resolve, but got little or no assistance from the others meaning they are staring at one of their unexpected lows in recent times
Sandakan to Rubel, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mustafizur Rahman, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Sandakan to Mortaza, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Rubel Hossain, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Chameera to Nasir Hossain, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mashrafe Mortaza, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Chameera to Rahim, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Dushmantha Chameera [4.0-1-5-0] is back into the attack
Nasir Hossain, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Perera to Abul Hasan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Abul Hasan, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Perera to Sabbir Rahman, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Thisara Perera [2.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
This has been a dream start for Sri Lanka. There fielding and bowling have been exceptional. Bangaldesh would look to rebuild in the next phase.
Lakshan Sandakan, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack
Sabbir Rahman, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Lakmal to Mahmudullah, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Thisara Perera, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Mahmudullah, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Lakmal to Tamim, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mushfiqur Rahim, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Lakmal to Tamim, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Shakib Al Hasan, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Lakmal to Anamul, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Dushmantha Chameera, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Tamim and Anamul are at the crease. Tamim is on strike. Lakmal will open the attack
Chandimal: It's a must win game for us. We need to play to our potential and result will come. Injuries are our main concern in the last 1-2 years, we missed senior players for most of the time, hopefully they will be fit for the future series. We have made 2 changes in the team as 2 players are injured that played the last game.
Mortaza: We are going to bat as the wicket becomes slower later on, we felt bowling second is the best option for us. Our middle order needs to step up, the way Tamim and Shakib are batting is superb. Just one change for us from the last game. Abul Hasan comes in for Sunzamul Islam.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Abul Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain
Bangladesh have won the toss and have opted to bat
11:00 local: Hello and welcome to the final group game of the Tri-Series involving Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. The hosts Bangladesh have already qualified for the finals while Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe are tied on points with the former possessing a better net run rate. It is a game of inches on the field, but mathematically, it is a game of decimals. Thus, unless Sri Lanka implode and perform pretty disastrously, they should be through to the finals. An optimist can view this game as a virtual final. Which side are you on? Flip of the coin and the elevens coming up. BRB...
PreviewIt's make or break for Sri Lanka. They have managed to overcome their run of defeats at the start of the series and the loss of their captain Angelo Mathews to keep themselves in the contention for the final. They were also handed a lifeline by Bangladesh, who beat Zimbabwe in the last game, to keep the series open.Now up against hosts, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka will hope to complete their turnaround and seal a spot in the final. They will once again look to Thisara Perera to provide them an all-round impact as he has been doing throughout the tri-series.Sri Lanka can still qualify with a loss, given that they have a better net run rate than bottom-placed Zimbabwe. They will, however, hope to not leave it to that chance.Bangladesh, on the other hand, have been on a rampant run. Three wins in as many games, and all with a bonus point, shows just how dominating the hosts have been in the tri-series. Unlike in the past, they haven't relied on one or two players to put up a show, instead getting performances from multiple angles to put in clinical efforts in their three wins. They would want to wrap up the group stage with another thumping win.When: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, Match 6, 12 noon local time,11:30 am ISTWhere: Shere Bangla National Stadium, DhakaWhat to expect: A bright and sunny day expected in Dhaka with a full game expected to take place. All matches of the tri-series are being played on the same set of pitches and that means they are not getting enough time to rejuvenate with quick turnaround between games. With pitches tiring, the batsmen will also have to work hard for their runs. In the last game, the pitch had slowed down considerably. A similar track could be expected.Team newsBangladesh: Bangladesh could be tempted into playing those on the bench for this game, having already qualified. However, they will be wary of what losing the momentum can do. They will moot getting Mohammad Saifuddin or Mehidy Hasan in place of Sunzamul Islam, despite the latter's good showing in the last game.Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka are expected to play the same winning combination for this must-win game.Did you know:- If Tamin Iqbal scores another fifty, it will be the third time he has scored 50-plus in four successive innings. Only Sangakkara (4), Kohli (4), Tendulkar (3), Mark Waugh (3) and Williamson (3) have done it as often.- If Shakib Al Hasan takes three wickets in the next ODI, he will become the first Bangladesh player to take three-plus wickets in four successive ODI innings.- Mustafizur Rahman needs one more wicket to become the fastest to 50 ODI scalps for Bangladesh bettering Abdur Razzak's 32 ODIs. He currently has 49 wickets from 25 matches in the 50-over format.
Sri Lanka (From): Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dinesh Chandimal(c), Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Shehan Madushanka, Wanidu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka
Bangladesh (From): Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Sunzamul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Abul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mohammad Mithun, Imrul Kayes
Bangladesh were riding high with three emphatic wins, only to be smashed back to earth today. At least this hasn't come in the final, so that's a saving grace. If they were under any false assumptions about their competition, those have been ruthlessly blown away by Sri Lanka. We'll see if the hosts recover in time for the final. Join us on Saturday. Until then, it's a goodbye from Sagar Chawla, Raju Peethala, Varun Dixit and our scorer Sultan.
Suranga Lakmal, MoM: We've made some plans in the last few days as a bowling unit. Our team has done a lot of hard work too.
Chandimal, winning captain: This is what we're capable of. Boys executed well. Credit to all the players. We had gameplans before the start. We can control when we're fielding. Especially Suranga bowled really well at the start. Upul and Danushka finished it really well. Credit to Bangladesh also, they've played some outstanding cricket. We wanted to attack them. Gunathilaka made a fantastic run-out and took a brilliant catch. Credit to him also.
Mortaza, losing captain: I hope so (if this is a wake-up call). Good thing that our middle order has been exposed. Hopefully they'll find out their mistakes. Mushfiq had a good innings. Hopefully they will deliver in the final. They're working hard, can't complain. It's good it's happened before the final. All batters pointed it was a good wicket to bat on. Maybe the application wasn't there. Maybe we could have scored at least 180-200.
15:07 Local Time, 09:07 GMT, 14:37 IST: Bangladesh have had a shocker today, going down to their heaviest defeat against Sri Lanka in terms of balls left. It was a game where a win would have taken Sri Lanka to the final, and their body language showed how badly they wanted this. Suranga Lakmal set the tone with the ball, with appreciable help from Danushka Gunathilaka who was on fire in the field. Thisara Perera followed it up brilliantly, and then Bangladesh did the rest as they crumbled to 82 - their eighth lowest ODI total. The two Lankan openers had no problems in hammering the target down, thereby finishing it off with around half an hour left for the lunch break. Crazy..
Shakib Al Hasan, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Mustafizur Rahman, comes into the attack
Nasir Hossain, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Abul Hasan, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Gunathilaka and Tharanga are at the crease. Gunathilaka is on strike. Mortaza will open the attack