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SL beat B’desh; win tri-series
Mirpur, Jan 16 (Agencies):
Published on 17 Jan. 2009 12:50 AM IST
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Spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was the unlikely hero with the bat as Sri Lanka battled back to beat Bangladesh in the final of their one-day tri-series. Having lost the toss, the Tigers were bowled out for 152 in 49.4 overs. But Sri Lanka slumped to 6-5 as Sanath Jayasuriya was run out off the first ball without facing and seamer Nazmul Hossain took three early wickets. Kumar Sangakkara (59) fell, but Muralitharan smashed 33 not out off 16 balls to win it with 11 balls to spare. When the sides had met on the same ground two days earlier, Bangladesh had wrapped up a five-wicket win to reach the final ahead of Zimbabwe. But Sri Lanka, World Cup finalists in 2007 and runaway winners of last year’s Asia Cup, would still have been firm favourites to lift another trophy after dismissing the hosts for 152 with two balls of the innings to spare. None of the Tigers’ top five batsmen passed 20, and they were 54-5 when Raqibul Hasan was joined by Mahmudullah Riad. Mahmudullah (26) and Naeem Islam (21) provided support as Raqibul tried to rebuild the Bangladesh innings, although he took 107 balls to score his unbeaten 43, which included just one boundary. However, spin duo Ajantha Mendis (3-24) and Muralitharan (2-33) eventually managed to bewitch the Tigers’ tail, capturing the last four wickets for just one run. But the Sri Lanka innings began in spectacular fashion when Mashrafe Mortaza’s first ball was pushed by Upul Tharanga to Shakib Al Hasan at extra cover. The batsmen hesitated, non-striker Jayasuriya was sent back but Shakib’s throw demolished the stumps and ran Jayasuriya out before he had faced a ball. Nazmul had taken 4-40 against New Zealand in 2004 as a raw 17-year-old, but had played just three ODIs in three-and-a-half years before his recall for this series. But after his first four overs, he had astonishing figures of 4-3-1-3 after removing Tharanga, captain Mahela Jayawardene without scoring and Thilan Thushara - while Mortaza had Chamara Kapugedera caught at second slip. Having come in for the second ball of the innings and lost four more batting partners in quick succession, Sangakkara reined in his usual attacking instincts to steady the ship, and found a useful ally in Jehan Mubarak. The pair added 45 in 14 overs before Mubarak was run out by Tigers captain Mohammad Ashraful for 16. Paceman Farveez Maharoof (38 not out) took up the mantle, but Bangladesh looked to have taken charge of the game again when Sangakkara got a leading edge and was caught and bowled by Shakib above his head. Nuwan Kulasekara was soon back in the pavilion for a second-ball duck, and at that stage Sri Lanka needed 39 from 39 balls with only tail-enders Muralitharan and Mendis left to support Maharoof. But incredibly, Maharoof took a back seat as Muralitharan - whose best innings from his previous 320 ODIs was 27 - launched an all-out attack on teenager Rubel Hossain’s right-arm seam. Sri Lanka had opted not to take their batting powerplay until the last five overs of their innings - but Muralitharan smashed 20 off the 46th over, bowled by Rubel, including a six and three fours. Another six and another four followed off Rubel’s next over - leaving Maharoof to score the single to win an incredible game.

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