Bangladesh booked a berth by defeating Sri Lanka in the last league match of the Nidahas Tri Series on Friday. Needing 12 runs off the final over, Mahmudullah ensured that he took Bangladesh over the line hitting a four and a six.
Bangladesh won the match with a ball to spare but not before it saw a lot of hue and cry in the final over from Isuru Udana. Bangladesh was livid with the fact that the umpires ignored two back to back no-balls bowled by the bowler. This instigated the Shakib led team to vent their anger on the issue.
Both teams went hammer and tongs at each other in the process, however, the on-field umpires handled the situation. The match continued and Bangladesh clinched victory in a last over thriller.
Meanwhile, after the match, a window of the Bangladesh dressing room was found damaged. The ground staff at the Premadasa Stadium has been requested to study the CCTV footage to find out who caused the damage in the Bangladesh dressing room during the final group game of the Nidahas Trophy tournament on Friday. Match referee Chris Broad has asked the local officials to go through the CCTV footage to find out who had caused the damage.
The ground staff is supposed to submit a report to the match referee before 12 noon on Saturday.Meanwhile, the umpires also will study video footage of the closing stages of the game before deciding whether they should press charges against any player.
Batting first Sri Lanka scored 159 with contributions from Kusal Perera (61) and Thisara Perera (58) who added 97 for the sixth wicket which helped Sri Lanka post a competitive score at the end of their 20 overs.
Bangladesh started their chase in a rather sedate manner losing two wickets early. Mushfiqur Rahim (28) and Tamim Iqbal (50) then added a 64 run stand to take Bangladesh to 97. Sri Lankan bowlers then made two back to back strikes dismissing Rahim and Tamim in quick succession. Mahmudullah ( 43*) then played a lone hand in the lower middle order to take Bangladesh home.
India and Bangladesh will play the final of the Nidahas Tri-series on Sunday (March 18).