Three Cliffhanger Finishes in Last Few Matches in Nidahas Trpohy

SRI LANKA vs BANGLADESH, 10 March 2018

  • Sri Lanka piled up 214 for 6 – a high score
  • At the end of the 19th over in the Bangladesh innings they were 206 for 5, needing 9 runs to win …. See 20th over below

SRI LANKA vs BANGLADESH, 16 March 2018

  • Sri Lanka struggled to get for 160 runs
  • At the end of the 19th over in the Bangladesh innings they were, 148 for 7 needing 12 runs to win …. See 20th over below


  • Bangladesh made 166 runs
  • At the end of the 19th over in the Indian innings they were 155 for 5 needing 12 runs to win … see below for details


Bangladesh need nine of the last over. It’s all down to a limping Mushfiq v Thisara. Sit tight. Mushfiq has a word with Mehidy.


19 | 10 Runs 1 Wkt | BDESH: 206/5 (9 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 10.84, RRR: 9.00)

  • Mushfiqur Rahim63 (31b)
  • Mehidy Hasan Miraz0 (1b)
  • ANPR Fernando4-0-37-2
  • PVD Chameera4-0-44-1



Fernando to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, Mushfiq hobbles across to the other end. Back of a length on the leg stump, cramps the batsman for room, the ball grazes the thigh pad and rolls to the leg side…or he might have got an inside edge there. Given as a run

Chandimal, Tharanga, and Pradeep converge



Fernando to Mushfiqur Rahim, SIX runs, Pradeep aims for another yorker. This comes out as a full-toss on off stump. Mushfiq clears his front leg and launches it hiiiiigh over midwicket. Pinged off the middle of the bat and into the stands. Mushfiq powers Bangladesh past 200



Fernando to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 1 leg bye, full-toss, snaking in at the leg stump, socks the thigh pad and rolls to cover



Fernando to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, really full on middle – near yorker – punched down to long-on. Outstanding bowling from Pradeep



Fernando to Sabbir Rahman, OUT, Thisara you beauty! He nails a direct hit from deep-ish mid-off. Poor running between the wickets from Sabbir. He doesn’t bother to slide his bat in or dive. He just gave up. This was a top ball to begin with: pinpoint yorker on middle. He jabs it to mid-off, takes on Thisara, and is caught short by a long way. What a game this is turning out to be. Bangladesh’s lower order exposed

Sabbir Rahman run out (Perera) 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00



Fernando to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, nails an off-stump yorker, jammed down to long-on





Udana to Mahmudullah, SIX runs, that’s flicked for six! What a finish from Mahmudullah. That’s right in the slot and Bangladesh make the final. Full on middle and leg, flicked away over backward square leg for six. Colombo is stunned, the whole Bangladesh team are out there doing the snake dance.

6 off 2. New gloves. One hit away from the final.



Udana to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, a low full toss, flicked to deep midwicket. The throw is not great and the batsman makes the second. Kusal had to collect wide and he missed the stumps at the batsman’s end, would he have made it? Yes. That was a bad throw.

8 off 3



Udana to Mahmudullah, FOUR runs, into the gap at cover for four. Superb batting from Mahmudullah. Full and wide outside off, drilled over cover. Would have been wide had Mahmudullah left that, but he reaches out and finds the boundary

12 of 4. The Bangladesh sub fielders having an argument with the Sri Lankan fielders. All happening here in Colombo, the umpires getting in the way, so are the umpires. The umpires now have a chat with the two batsmen. Shakib now arguing with the umpires. Is Shakib calling his guys back? He is. What happened there? It’s passion taking over. Bangladesh are hanging around by the boundary. If his players come off, this will be a forfeit. Bangladesh will therefore be disqualified. But Khaled Mahmud, a cool head, tells Mahmudullah to go back and finish the game. Wild scenes here in Colombo. I think Bangladesh are disappointed that there were two over shoulder-height balls.

Mahmudullah puts back his helmet and is ready to carry on.



Udana to Mustafizur Rahman, OUT, another short ball, another bouncer, Mustafizur misses and Mahmudullah runs and he makes his crease. Has Mustafizur made his? No he hasn’t. Run out at the bowler’s end. Was that also above his shoulder?

Mustafizur Rahman run out (†Perera/Udana) 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

12 off 5 now. Kusal P may want to stand a bit closer.



Udana to Mustafizur Rahman, no run, excellent bowling, a short delivery on middle and leg. Mustafizur misses a pull, and the ball goes through to the keeper. But Sri Lanka want the review. No bat, excellent use of the short ball, not such an excellent use of the review.

12 off 6. What an end. 11 should take this to a Super Over. Mustafizur will have strike. Mahmudullah will have to do this all on his own. He will try to steal the bye if he gets the chance.


19 | 11 Runs 1 Wkt | BDESH: 148/7 (12 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.78, RRR: 12.00)

  • Mahmudullah31 (15b)

****  ****


Sagar Vibhute : “Hitting a winning boundary when Sachin Tendulkar is on the verge of hundred at non strikers end and hitting a winning boundary in such a incredible innings…DK has truly matured and ready to took that middle order batting position in limited overs team ”



Soumya Sarkar to Karthik, SIX runs, flat! hard! AND HE’S CLEARED THE BOUNDARY! INDIA WIN! And the dressing room goes mad! Sarkar is hunched over on the ground! What an innings. DK is lost in the huddle. He has all of his team-mates climbing all over him. He’s floored, after he has floored Soumya Sarkar over the cover boundary with incredible style!

Washington Sundar comes in, but Dinesh Karthik is on strike with India needing five off one ball



Soumya Sarkar to Shankar, OUT, taken, it’s taken, Bangladesh have a wicket, and it comes despite one man dropping the catch. Long-on runs in to get under the ball. He gets both hands to it but the ball pops out. Luckily, Mehidy has also come running in from long-off and he takes the rebound beautifully.

V Shankar c Mehidy Hasan Miraz b Soumya Sarkar 17 (19b 3×4 0x6) SR: 89.47

India need five of two



Soumya Sarkar to Shankar, FOUR runs, picks the gap at third man! It’s a very full ball outside off, and that tiny bit of room is just what he needs to plant the open face down on it and send the ball between point and third man

India need nine off three.

Ruchit: “Mustafiz is hard to pick for a new comer.. Shankar is no exception.. Once you get an idea he is easy to face.. But Shankar picked the wrong match !!”



Soumya Sarkar to Karthik, 1 run, yorker outside off, DK skews it out to deep point and it’s only a single

India need 10 off 4 balls



Soumya Sarkar to Shankar, 1 run, full and outside off, drives to extra cover for a single



Soumya Sarkar to Shankar, no run, length ball, perfectly set up for the smash down the ground, but Vijay Shankar is unable to put bat to ball.



Soumya Sarkar to Shankar, 1 wide, full toss down leg, Vijay Shankar can’t get bat to it, he can’t get a bye either -might have been run-out if Mushfiqur had hit – but the umpire does his job and calls a wide.



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