Bangladesh end Cup without a win

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Sri Lanka maintained their unbeaten record at the Asia Cup, but only just, as they beat Bangladesh by three wickets and one over to spare thanks to skipper Angelo Mathews' unbeaten 74.

Sri Lanka maintained their unbeaten record at the Asia Cup, but only just, as they beat Bangladesh by three wickets and one over to spare thanks to skipper Angelo Mathews' unbeaten 74.

The Tigers thus ended the tournament without a win, as they could not defend the 204 for nine they recorded. They nearly did it though, as Sri Lanka were five down for just 75 at one stage, but Mathews and Chaturanga de Silva saved the day.

The hosts won the toss and chose to bat first in Dhaka, expecting a good pitch, but they never really got going once their openers departed. Anamul Haque and Shamsur Rahman put on 74 for the first wicket, but the wickets them tumbled.

The Sri Lankans were an all round unit on the day, with four bowlers taking four wickets each and De Silva the other one, as the middle order got slightly set and then all fell in the 20s. Mushfiqur Rahim, the usual saviour, could only make four.

Sri Lanka's chase got off to a dire start as Kusal Perera and Mahela Jayawardene were out for ducks, while Kumar Sangakkara made just two. This left them at three down for eight, before Lahiru Thirimanne and Ashan Priyanjan joined forces.

Once Priyanjan was gone for 24 and Thirimanne for 33, it was up to the lower order to get the runs. De Silva and Mathews put on a stand of 82 at five to the over, before the former was out for 44, leaving Mathews to see the side home alongside Sachithra Senanayake.

Sri Lanka will face Pakistan in the final on Sunday.

Bangladesh: Al-Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque, Arafat Sunny, Mahmudullah, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Ziaur Rahman

Sri Lanka: Chaturanga de Silva, Mahela Jayawardene, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Ashan Priyanjan, Kumar Sangakkara, Sachithra Senanayake, Lahiru Thirimanne

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