Marvelous Mahmudullah takes Bangladesh to Nidahas Trophy final


Sri Lanka : 159/7 in 20 overs (K Perera 61, Thisara 58, K Mendis 11; Mustafizur 2/39, Shakib 1/9, Miraz 1/16)

Bangladesh : 160/8 in 19.5 overs (Tamim 50, Mahmudullah 43*,Mushfiqur 35, Mahmudullah; Akila 2/37, Jeevan 1/24, Aponso 1/24)

Result : Bangladesh won by 2 wickets.

Result : Mahmudullah

Bangladesh reached to the final of Nidahas Trophy 2018 by beating host Sri Lanka by 2 wickets in the final group match at R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. Bangladesh will face India in the final on March 18.

Bangladesh started the match with a big boost as skipper Shakib Al Hasan returned to the side after recovering from his finger injury. Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bowl first. Bowlers gave a good start as they picked up the first 5 wickets of Sri Lanka for just 41 inside 9 overs.

Then Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera made an partnership of 97 in the 6th wicket and led the fightback. Sri Lanka posted 159 for 7 in 20 overs. Mustafizur Rahman bagged 2 wickets for 39.

In reply Liton Kumar Das was dismissed without scoring in the second over. Sabbir Rahman started aggressively but got out on 13. Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim then added 64 runs in the 3rd wicket. Tamim was dismissed after scoring 50. Bangladesh were in some trouble after losing the wickets of Mushfiqur and Shakib. But Mahmudullah stayed until the end and sealed a 2-wicket win for the Tigers. Mahmudullah remained not out on 43 off just 18 balls. He was also awarded man of the match for his knock