The return of Shakib Al Hasan seems to elevate the confidence of the Bangladeshis. They managed to beat the hosts in the 6th T20I of Nidahas tournament by 6 wickets. Mahmudullah and Tamim Iqbal made the stand to cruise the team towards the final berth.Bangladesh made a slow start and lost Liton Das to Akila Dananjaya at a duck and Sabbir Rahman at the score of 13 runs. At that time Mushfiqur Rahim joined Tamim Iqbal.
The pair continued to score singles to ease the pressure of chasing the target. Tamim stood solidly in his arrogant style keeping on thrashing the spinners. The duo added 50 runs off 40 balls without any mess. Mushfiqur became the third Bangladeshi to score 1000 runs in T20Is. Later he was caught by Thisara Perera in the spell of Amila Aponso. Tamim was dismissed by Dhanushka Gunathilaka after scoring his fifth half-century in the T20Is.
Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah tried their best to rebuild the innings but this stand was broken by Jeevan Mendis. Later, the captain Shakib Al Hasan entered the crease after Soumya Sarkar’s dismissal at the score of 10 runs. Mahmudullah kept on taking singles to keep the innings steady and hitting fours occasionally. Shakib was then fell for Isuru Udana.
Mahmudullah sweated hard to keep the equation of the score to 12 off 7 runs. By that time, Mehedi Hasan was dismissed due to his hasty run for a single. Mustafizur Rahman then entered the field and missed two bouncers but was run out when Mahmudullah tried to make a single. This incident led to a mess and the captain Shakib called off the team from the field.
After resuming the game, Mahmudullah managed to finish the match by a four, a two and a six. He stood unbeaten with the score of 43 runs off 18 balls.
In the Sri Lankan Innings, the team managed to score 159 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. The Pereras scored 97 runs for the 6th wicket partnership. Kusal Perera made his 10th T20I half-century and Thisara Perera made his first ever T20I fifty.
Sri Lanka 159/7 in 20 overs
Thisara Perera 58, Kusal Perera 61, Mustafizur Rahim 2/39
Bangladesh 160/8 in 19.5 overs
Tamim Iqbal 50, Mahmudullah 43*, Akila Dananjaya 2/39
Bangladesh won by two wickets and entered the final of Nidahas tournament.