Asia Cup: Bangladesh Crush Lanka, Curtains for India

Dhaka, Mar 20 (PTI): India were knocked out of the Asia Cup after minnows Bangladesh continued their giant-killing act by upsetting Sri Lanka by five wickets in the last league match here on Tuesday.

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, 57b, 9x4), Shakib Al Hasan (56, 46b, 7x4), Nasir (36, 61b, 3x4) and Mahmadullah (32 n.o., 33b, 3x4) were the notable batting heroes for Bangladesh who recorded their second consecutive upset win after having beaten India last Friday.

Put into bat, Sri Lanka were all out for 232 in 49.5 overs with Chamara Kupugedegera (62, 92b, 4x4), Lahiru Thirimanne (48, 73b) and Upul Tharanga (48, 44b) 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.

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.

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

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

The duo played sensible cricket before Iqbal fell to off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake.

The offie then trapped Shakib to deal another blow to the hosts in a crucial phase of the match.

But Nasir and Mahmudullah kept their cool and in the end finsihed the job with 17 balls to spare.

Earlier, Bangladesh kept their hopes alive for a place in the final by restricting Sri Lanka to a modest total.

Kapugedera, Thirimanne and Tharanga made useful contributions in the middle-order after a top-order collapse saw the Islanders reeling at 32 for three in 10 overs.

Comeback man Nazmul was the pick of the bowlers with figures of three for 32 while left-arm spinners Shakib (2/56) and Abdur Razzaq (2/44) also got important breakthroughs.

Medium pacer Nasir, who was drafted into the XI in place of Shafiul Islam, struck triple blows within the first 10 overs.

Nazmul, who played his last ODI back in October last year, bowled with a lot of control as he rocked the Lankan top-order removing Mahela Jayawardene (5), Tillekaratne Dilshan (19) and Kumar Sangakkara (6).

Jayawardene who has played some poor shots in the two earlier matches once again tried to play across the line to a delivery that moved in a shade and breached his defence.

Sangakkara tried to play an expansive cover drive off Nazmul only to be caught by Nazimuddin. Dilshan hit three boundaries but then inside-edged one on to his stumps.


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  • Janet Xavier, Dubai

    Wed, Mar 21 2012

    It’s quite evident from this dismal performance of Lankans that this match is FIXED ,to ensure that Indians do not enter the Finals. The reason on the part of Lankans may be that Indians did not vote in favor of them for the UN report on war crimes. Lankans are taking this match for scoring political vendetta. It’s a shame if this proves correct!!! This match is with 22 players on one side!!! sri lankan politicians have told them to lose , as recently india wanted to raise the inhumane treatment issue with the united nations , all sri lankan cricketers have been instructed to lose this game comfortably to bangladesh. The score will be less than 225 sri lanka and bangladesh will score that in 43 overs and go the finals.

    I am 99% sure, purposely Srilanka want to loose. This comment is because, I know the Srilankans very closely. They hate anything that favours Indians. Surely, we can trust Pakistanis, they show anything hatred/angry in front of you, however, Srilankans are more dangerous. They do not show the hatred towards Indians to your face, but in the back we can see their hatred to Indians. This experience I had in Dubai since many years. Surely, they will work against the interest of Indians, this also means 99% India will not enter the Finals.

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  • Arun K, Mangalore /DXB

    Wed, Mar 21 2012

    So what???? As always let’s bask in the glory of personal records. We took BD lightly, & Sachin Selfishdulkar batted at a slow rate to ensure he has his long awaited milestone. He will be worshiped & for the next couple of years cement his place in the team, It’s a well known fact that Individual records are prior to the team & the nation,
    Our ‘paper tiger’s jolly well know, that public memory is short. Lets us forget the past and move on... IPL is coming , more $$$$, cheer leaders, bollywood beauties, late night parties, the works, Hurraaaaaaaaaaay ! .. Our ‘Gods’ now will trash the inexperienced, hapless, poor domestic bowlers all over the ground and eventually pose like Viv Richards with the trophy. Subsequently we might host a series with Kenya, Namibia, and Afghanistan and win a cup on our flat and pale tracks. Shame on you team , you overpaid, over hyped, over weight, greedy, selfish bunch of Retards !!!!!

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  • Masroor Amir, Pakistan

    Wed, Mar 21 2012

    No doupt Bangladeshies are playing their best cricket they are performing like a unit beside that in Indian team we are not looking that inspiration everyone is playing for their own which is not good for any team. Actually Indian team under estimated the Banglashi team that's why they have been out of the tournament. Don't be selfish always play for country do not play for your own record. Now time for Pakistan LEARN.

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  • abir, dhaka

    Wed, Mar 21 2012

    yahhhhh,finally we kicked out sri-lanka and india .we played very well each and every match,and we deserve win,india is always bumptious and underestimating bangladesh,so it is the best way to answer not by words only by work ,so try to be respectful

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Wed, Mar 21 2012

    ICC must investigate the defeat of Srii Lanka at the hands of Bangla at Mirpur yesterday.The way Sri Lankas gifted match to Bangla makes one suspicious about the match.Actually it was very difficult for Lanka to loose the match,and they shocked everyone by losing and kicking India out from Asia Cup.I think Lankans wanted to take revenge on Virat Kohli's attack on them at Hobart,Australia.

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  • Wilson DSouza, Paladka

    Wed, Mar 21 2012

    So India can catch 'Last Kingfisher Flight' and take rest. In Australia, 'World Champions' were hoping Sri Lanka to lose and in Bangladesh, they were hoping Sri Lanka to win !!! Playing is better than praying ??!!

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    Wed, Mar 21 2012

    India took Bangladesh very lightly and paid the price. This is where our india team has to concentrate, never under estimate any team either its weak or weakest. this is an example.

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  • Vishal, Mangalore/dubai

    Tue, Mar 20 2012

    All this happened because of one man sachin tendulkar, we could have won the match against bangladesh, this selfish man for his personel record wasted many deliveries on his 90's. Because of that we lost the match, in future also we will lose the match if this selfish man plays like this. When ever he scores century india lost the matches.

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