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Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka, Asia Cup ODI: Video Highlights, Scorecard and Report

Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews plays a shot during the Asia Cup one-day international cricket tournament against Afghanistan in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterMarch 6, 2014

A narrow victory for Sri Lanka in the final group game of the 2014 Asia Cup protected their perfect streak and saw hosts Bangladesh finish bottom of the standings and winless in Dhaka.

The home side chose to bat first and posted 204-9 in their 50 overs—a score that looked light.

They struck early to leave Sri Lanka in trouble at 8-3, though, and suddenly looked capable of pulling off a consolation victory.

However, Angelo Mathews and Chaturanga de Silva steadied the innings and inched the team to victory.

Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka, Asia Cup ODI Scorecard
Bangladesh Innings
A Haque c Thirimanne b Priyanjan 49 110 86
Rahman lbw b A Mendis 39 67 57
M Haque b A Mendis 1 2 2
Mushfiqur Rahim lbw b de Silva 4 8 6
Shakib c Mathews b Priyanjan 20 39 32
Nasir Hossain c M Jayawardene b Lakmal 30 65 49
Mahmudullah b Lakmal 30 42 41
Rahman b T Perera 12 20 14
Arafat Sunny not out 2 16 10
Rubel Hossain b T Perera 0 1
Al-Amin not out 0 2
Extras 0nb 10w 4b 3lb 17
Total for 9 204 (50.0 ovs)
Lakmal 10.0 0 32 2
T Perera 8.0 0 29 2
Senanayake 10.0 1 37 0
de Silva 10.0 0 33 1
A Mendis 9.0 0 55 2
Priyanjan 3.0 0 11 2
Sri Lanka Innings
K Perera c A Haque b Al-Amin 0 2
Thirimanne c Rubel Hossain b Arafat Sunny 33 102 60
Sangakkara c Nasir Hossain b Al-Amin 2 7 5
M Jayawardene run out (Mahmudullah) 0 5 5
Priyanjan c A Haque b Rahman 24 45 38
Mathews not out 74 148 103
de Silva c A Haque b Mahmudullah 44 72 52
T Perera run out (Rubel Hossain) 15 31 23
Senanayake not out 7 8 6
Extras 0nb 5w 4b 0lb 9
Total for 7 208 (49.0 ovs)
Al-Amin 10.0 2 42 2
Rubel Hossain 7.0 0 33 0
Shakib 10.0 0 27 0
Rahman 10.0 0 34 1
Arafat Sunny 7.0 0 46 1
Mahmudullah 5.0 1 22 1

Bangladesh had made a solid start, with Anamul Haque and Shamsur Rahman putting on 74 for the first wicket. 

However, when two wickets fell in the same over to Ajantha Mendis, the momentum and the platform was lost.

Anamul then departed one run short of his half-century, while key figures in the batting line-up Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim also fell for low scores, leaving Bangladesh 119-5.

There was no great tail order resistance—just a string of cameos to push the total narrowly past 200.

It looked like a formality, but an extraordinary start to the Sri Lanka chase changed the equation.

Kusal Perera departed for a second-ball duck, while Kumar Sangakkara edged behind to Al-Amin Hossain to give Bangladesh renewed hope.

In the confusion, Mahela Jayawardene became involved in a run out that left Sri Lanka's innings in ruins.

Out of the ruins, however, came fresh foundations. Lahiru Thirimanne and Ashan Priyanjan painstakingly stopped the fall of wickets in a patient partnership, before Mathews and de Silva took over.

It was rarely pretty, and it was far from Sri Lanka at their flowing best. However, their winning streak continued, and they'll be aiming for a repeat when they meet Pakistan in the final of the tournament on Saturday. 

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