Mushfiqur Rahim's brilliant unbeaten 72 off 35 balls fired Bangladesh to a thrilling five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Nidahas Trophy tri-series T20 at Colombo Saturday night. Rahim's blinder helped Bangladesh chase down a mammoth target of 215 with two balls to spare. This was Bangladesh's highest successful chase in a T20 International (T20I) bettering the 190 made against Ireland in 2012. This was also the fourth highest successful chase in T20Is.
Rahim, who failed to take 'The Tigers' home when they needed only two off three balls in the 2016 T20 World Cup Super 10 match against India in Bengaluru, made sure he was there right till the end to guide them to a famous win at the Premadasa Stadium.
The former captain was criticized by the fans and experts alike after he had resorted to a premature celebration in the final over of the game against India. However, the dapper wicketkeeper-batsman kept his emotions under check till the winning run was hit on Saturday. And once the victory was achieved, Rahim broke into wild celebrations and then capped it with a 'cobra dance' even as the rest of his teammates rushed in to join him.
The win kept alive Bangladesh's hopes of qualifying for the final as all three teams have a win each at the end of the first set of matches in the group stage. India are the other side in the competition. The teams play each other twice and the top two will clash in next Sunday's final.