Thisara, Kusal fifties take Lanka to 159 for 7

Andrew Cummings
March 16, 2018

As the game was drawing to a close, there was so much drama with Bangladesh's captain, Shakib Al Hasan, nearly forcing his batsmen off the field midway through the final over after there was confusion regarding the umpire's call for a no-ball, and problems with Bangladesh's substitutes and Sri Lanka's fielders.

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal, who led the way with 50, said: "It was a very emotional finish, we saw the leg umpire signal a no-ball, we were complaining about the no-ball".

Earlier Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera struck gritty half-centuries to lift the hosts to 159-7 after being put into bat first.

Shakib-all-Hasan, the Bangladesh captain who was at the heart of the chaos and bad blood during the final moments of their match against Sri Lanka was a much calmer man after his team had won.

The decision to play in the virtual semi-final against Sri Lanka in the ongoing 2018 Nidahas Trophy has been left to the all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan only. But Sri Lanka's spinners got stuck in after that stand to bring the hosts right back in the game, picking five wickets for 51 runs.

The former's 61 came in 40 balls as he hit seven fours and a six, but skipper Thisara was brutal, hammering 58 in just 37 balls with three fours and three sixes.

Later, Bangladesh substitute fielders also got into the action with Sri Lankan captain Thisara Perera.

Kusal Mendis (11) was another double digit scorer for Sri Lanka.

For Bangladesh, pacer Mustafizur Rahman scalped two wickets. But he and Mahmudullah ran a single, only for Mustafizur to be run out at the bowler's end. They needed 12 runs in the last over and he got them over the line.

India, with six points from four matches, have already qualified for the summit clash to be played at R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.

Sri Lanka would want to avenge their loss against Bangladesh where the visitors chased a massive score of 215 runs to win the first game.

A live stream of the Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka Nidahas Trophy T20 global cricket match will be available exclusively around the world from the Indian streaming TV service YuppTV.

Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera plays a shot against Bangladesh during their second Twenty20 cricket match in the Nidahas triangular series in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, March 16, 2018.

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