Bangladesh booked a place in the final of the Asia Cup with a five-wicket win over Pakistan played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. Its lower-order batsmen kept their cool under pressure to beat Pakistan by five wickets.
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.
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 28,000 odd Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, its dressing room and in the boisterous gallery, where Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was also among those watching. Post the victory the atmosphere became intimidating and there were late night celebrations all across Dhaka and Bangladesh.
Pakistan plays Sri Lanka, with the winner finishing third in the five-team tournament. United Arab Emirates (UAE) are likely to finish bottom of the league table. The hosts will play their second Asia Cup final against India on March 6, 2016.