It has been a complete shocker of an innings from Bangladesh after they won the toss and elected to bat first against Sri Lanka at Dhaka. Right-arm seamer Suranga Lakmal started strongly as he took 3 early wickets in the day to send Anamul Haque, Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah in quick succession. Brilliant fielding efforts from Danushka Gunathilaka helped Sri Lanka in getting rid of the danger man Shakib Al Hasan, who departed on 8. Mushfiqur Rahim tried to resist the lethal charge from the Dinesh Chandimal-led side. But the right-hand batsman departed on 26 becoming a victim to Dushmantha Chameera, who took two wickets in his 5th over. Bangladesh batting order failed to face the pressure and completely collapse with no other batsman apart from Rahima and Sabbir Rahman getting on to a double digit score. Rahim;’s 26 remained the highest individual score of the match. Rubel Hossain struck twice in the 23rd over to get bowl out Bangladesh for 82. Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul Tharanga just took 11.5 overs to chase down the target. Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets and will face Bangladesh in the final on Sunday.
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka ODI highlights
1435 hrs IST: HUGE WIN FOR SRI LANKA. Gunathilaka and Tharanga took the side to 10-wicket win in just 11.5 overs. The two sides will meet again in the final on Sunday.
1430 hrs IST: The opening pair have taken Sri Lanka to 71 runs in 10 overs and they just need 12 runs to win now and set up a final date against Bangladesh. Can they finish it off in this over?
1405 hrs IST: It’s so easy for Sri Lanka from here on now. They just need 48 more runs to win. They have already scored 34 without any loss in 5 overs. It looks like a much easier pitch to bat on when Sri Lanka are batting here.
1354 hrs IST: Solid start from Sri Lanka with the bat. The opening pair of Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul Tharanga have scored 15 runs in 2 overs and ensured they do not lose a wicket. It is a really low total to chase and if Bangladesh have to win, they need to take early wickets.
1334 hrs IST: WICKET! And another one! What a shocker from Bangladesh after opting to bat first. Sri Lanka have bowled out Bangladesh for 82. Sri Lanka need 83 runs to win.
1331 hrs IST: WICKET! Lankesh Sandakan gets another one and it is Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza who is gone for a score of 1 run. BAN 81/9 and Sri Lankan bowlers are on fire.
1328 hrs IST: WICKET! Dushmantha Chameera strikes twice in one over as he gets the wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain. Bangladesh are 80/8 and from here on now, a total of 100 looks difficult.
1310 hrs IST: WICKET! Another wicket for Thisara Perera and he continues to impress with his bowling performance. Abul Hasan departs for 7 and Bangladesh are collapsing like a house of cards. BAN 71/6
1257 hrs IST: WICKET! Thisara Perera strikes and it is Sabbir Rahman who departs on 10. Weird shot from him and the ball just went straight to the fielder at mid-on. BAN 57/5
1250 hrs IST: Bangladesh finally reach the total of 50 in 15 overs. It has come at the cost of 4 wickets which has really slowed the run rate.
1225 hrs IST: WICKET! Suranga Lakmal pitched it short and Mahmudullah hits it straight to Chameera at fine leg. He is gone for 7 as Lakmal gets his 3rd wicket in the day. BAN 34/4
1220 hrs IST: Bangladesh are really finding it hard to break the shackles against Sri Lanka now after three early wickets. The side has just managed to reach 32/3 in the first powerplay. Solid start from Sri Lanka.
1210 hrs IST: It has been a solid start from Sri Lanka. They needed early wickets to feel confident against a side that posted a mammoth total of over 300 runs in their first encounter, and they have found them in heaps here. Good fielding effort from the side so far.
1156 hrs IST: WICKET! And another one bites the dust, Tamim Iqbal this time. Brilliant fielding effort from Gunathilaka who takes a tremendous catch to dismiss the danger man. Lakmal gets his second wicket and Bangladesh in BIG trouble now. BAN 16/3
1151 hrs IST: WICKET! Lucky break for Sri Lanka as Shakib Al Hasan departs early adding just 8 runs to Bangladesh’s cause. There definitely was not a run there and Shakib gave up mid-way. Good direct hit by Danushka Gunathilaka. Bangladesh in trouble. BAN 15/2
1150 hrs IST: Shakib Al Hasan is the danger man for Sri Lanka. The kind of form he is in right now, he can single-handedly take the match away from them. His wicket will be crucial and if he gets out early, it will be a big boost for the side.
1141 hrs IST: WICKET! Loose shot from Anamul Haque and the ball just took the bails along with it. Suranga Lakmal gets his first wicket and it is precisely what Sri Lanka needed to gain confidence against a side that gave them a huge victory last week. SL 9/1
1135 hrs IST: HERE WE GO! It is Anamul Haque and in-form Tamim Iqbal who have come out in the middle to open the innings for Bangladesh. Dushmantha Chameera and Suranga Lakmal are starting with the new ball.
1120 hrs IST: Bangladesh have won the toss and have elected to bat first against Sri Lanka at Dhaka. The side led by captain Mashrafe has already qualified after beating Zimbabwe by 91 runs on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka team: Tharanga, Gunathilaka, Mendis, Chandimal (capt.), Gunaratne, Dickwella(wk), Perera, Lakmal, Sandakan, Dananjaya, Chameera
Bangladesh team: Tamim, Anamul, Shakib, Mushfiqur (wk), Mahmudullah, Sabbir, Nasir, Mashrafe (capt.), Abul Hasan, Mustafizur, Rubel