Bangladesh hold nerve to seal final berth

Bangladesh 131 for 5 (Soumya 48, Mahmudullah 22*, Amir 2-26) beat Pakistan 129 for 7 (Sarfraz 58*, Al-Amin 3-25) by five wickets
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Those who watch cricket regularly will tell you that in a tight contest, the winning side will always show some signs of their impending triumph. Mahmudullah’s upright blast over extra cover at the start of the 17th over can only be described as the shot of the tournament so far. It was only fair that Mahmudullah also struck the blow that took Bangladesh to the Asia Cup final. Despite Shakib Al Hasan’s brain freeze to Mohammad Amir in the 18th over, Mashrafe Mortaza struck two heroic fours immediately after.

In a manic 19th over bowled by Mohammad Sami which included two no balls, Mahmudullah’s squeezed boundary past point all but sealed victory for the hosts. Once Mahmudullah duly knocked off the winning runs with a slog past midwicket, he and Mashrafe wheeled away in wild celebration, nearly ramming into their on-rushing team-mates.

More to follow….

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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