Bangladesh were clinical with the ball and their effort helped the hosts seal comprehensive -run win over qualifiers UAE in Mirpur on Friday.
As it happened…
# Bangladesh bundle out UAE for 82, register 51-run win in Mirpur
# Add two more, and now Bangladesh are just two wickets away from a big big win
# Tariq goes for a walk, and should keep walking till the pavillion. Beaten by Shakib’s flight, and out stumped for a duck
# And, we have the first hit-wicket of Asia Cup 2016. Skipper Amjad Javed is out cheaply. UAE in deep trouble at 45/6
# 2/2 for Mustafizur. UAE collapse early in the modest chase
# Just when they needed a stand, UAE have lost another one. Anwar the man to depart now
# UAE manage 32/2 in the powerplay. It’s important they stitch a partnership now
# Mustafizur takes a sensational return catch but grounds it as he falls. Top effort doesn’t earn him the wicket
# Bangladesh get the early wicket they were looking for as Kaleem is out playing a nothing shot. 2/1
# Mahmudullah scores 17 off the last six balls, Bangladesh post 133/8 against UAE
# No.7 falls now. Bangladesh skipper Mortaza out for a duck. 114/7
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 26 February 2016
# 2/2 for Amjad. UAE ensuring Bangladesh don’t finish well here. Struggling at 112/6
# High full-toss and Shakib fails to put bat to ball. Bangladesh five down now
# Bangladesh, 94/4, need a move on in the last five overs to post a respectable total
# UAE doing what they did against Sri Lanka – pull things back in the middle overs. Rahim is now out caught-behind. The hosts four down
# Mithun follows Sabbir to the hut. Tries to steal a single when the ball travelled only as far as the wicket-keeper. Bangladesh 81/3
# Sabbir goes for the big one, but finds Tariq in the deep. Rohan with the wicket, Bangladesh 72/2
# UAE not learning. They are not bowling according to their fields. Fine-leg in, and they continue to drift on the pads
# Sarkar tries one shot too many is out after putting on brisk 46 runs for the opening wicket with Mithun. Bangladesh 46/1
# After the miscue, Mithun clobbers one for a maximum and follows it up with a boundary. He’s found his touch now
# Catches win matches, and drops cost you dearly. Shakib would know that by now. Important UAE learn their lessons. Mithun dropped early by Shahzad. Should have been in the hut…
# UAE struggled in the first six overs with the ball against Sri Lanka but pulled things back in the middle overs. Repeat of the same today?
# Hosts off to a watchful start. They are 9/0 at the end of the second over. There is some seam movement but nothing like we saw during the opener. The bouncer, however, is very much there
# Bangladesh asked to bat by UAE in Mirpur
# Bangladesh warm-up ahead of their contest against UAE
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) 26 February 2016
Lasith Malinga picked up four wickets on his return to cricket after long layoff as Sri Lanka registered a shaky 14-run win over UAE on Thursday.
UAE were never in contention to chase the total after losing wickets at regular intervals in their chase of 130.
“The whole game was excellent. We put them (Sri Lanka) under pressure with the bowling. It was a big set back to lose two wickets to Malinga in the first over. Then we lost two more wickets and it is always difficult to chase. We have a match tomorrow. We will come back and try to do our best,” said Amjad Javed.
Sahil Malhotra analyses the game of where Sri Lanka looked to have lost the grasp of th game and then regained it over UAE.
Bangladesh started off brightly with the ball, after winning the toss and putting India to bat. But that spark was lost soon amid Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya’s big hitting and dropped catches.
“We bowled well till the 15th over but our death bowling was not up to the mark,” he said. And he was right. Bangladesh conceded 69 runs in the last five overs.
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