INTO THE FINALS

Published : 9:00 am  March 4, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (580) reads | 

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Bangladesh’s lowerorder batsmen kept their cool under pressure to beat Pakistan by five wickets in Dhaka on Wednesday, securing them a place in the Asia Cup final. Soumya Sarkar was Bangladesh’s highest scorer with 48 runs, helping his team to 131-5 in 19.1 overs after they restricted Pakistan to 129-7 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. The hosts will play their second Asia Cup final against India on March 6. Bangladesh’s Mahmudullah Riyad struck medium pacer Anwar Ali for a boundary to complete the thrilling victory and stay unbeaten on 22. The winning boundary triggered wild celebrations in the dressing room and in the boisterous gallery, where Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was among those watching. Mohammad Amir threatened to spoil the hosts’ party in front of a packed stadium when he bowled Soumya and Shakib Al Hasan in successive overs during his second spell, to finish 2-26. When he bowled Shakib, Bangladesh still needed 26 runs in 16 balls with the tail exposed to Pakistan’s top pace attack. But Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, not out on 12, moved himself up the order to hit two boundaries in Amir’s next two balls and take off some pressure. “It’s a big win for us,” Mashrafe said after the match. “This was like a semi-final.

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