Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka to reach Asia Cup final

Bangladesh on Tuesday beat Sri Lanka to virtually book their place in the final of the Asia Cup one-day tournament here at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

The hosts chased a reduced target of 212 off 40 overs after rain delayed the start of their innings, and reached the total with 17 balls to spare. Tamim Iqbal (59) gave Bangladesh a good start, and when the hosts were reduced to 135 for five at the fall of Shakib Al Hasan (56), the cool heads of Mahmudullah and Nasir Hossain saw their team home.

Earlier, seven wickets between Bangladesh’s Nazmul Hossain, Abdur Razzak and Shakib Al Hasan helped to bowl Sri Lanka out for 212.

Nazmul Hossain took 3-32 and Shakib Al Hasan and Abdur Razzak two wickets each to dismiss Sri Lanka for 232 in 49.5 overs. Chamara Kapugedera top scored with 62 off 92 balls.