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Perfect Bangladesh seal convincing win

  • Published at 02:35 pm March 25th, 2017
  • Last updated at 08:21 am March 26th, 2017
Perfect Bangladesh seal convincing win
Bangladesh posted a challenging total of 324, riding on Tamim Iqbal’s brilliant 127. Chasing a tough total, Sri Lanka were wrapped up for 234. Sri Lanka were dealt their first blow in the very first over as Bangladesh limited-over skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza trapped Sri Lanka opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka in front. Debutant off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz took the second wicket in the sixth over. Sri Lanka lost regular wickets and due to Bangladesh’s controlled bowling were unable to maintain the high asking run-rate. Thisara Perera played a late cameo of 55 from 35 balls but it was not enough for the home side. Dinesh Chandimal was the top-scorer with 59. Mustafizur Rahman took three wickets conceding 56 runs while Mashrafe and Miraz took two each. Earlier, Lanka captain Upul Tharanga won the toss and elected to field first. Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar started confidently. Soumya was the first batsman to return to the pavilion when the scoreboard read 29. It was an in-swinger from Suranga Lakmal in the fourth delivery of the fifth over. Soumya tried to defend but instead edged it to wicket-keeper Chandimal who took the catch easily. No 3 batsman Sabbir Rahman played beautifully, smashing 10 boundaries. Tamim and Sabbir formed a commanding 90-run partnership for the second wicket. Sabbir scored most of the runs during this stand. Asela Gunaratne broke the partnership in the 22nd over. Sabbir tried to drive a looping delivery in the third ball of the over only to drive it uppishly. Tharanga took a brilliant diving catch at the cover region. Sabbir’s courageous innings ended on 54 off 56 balls. Bangladesh were under a little bit of pressure in the very next over as the in-form Mushiqur Rahim was cleaned up by chinaman bowler Lakshan Sandakan. Tamim however, was going steady at the other end and formed a brilliant 144-run stand for the fourth wicket alongside Shakib al Hasan. Tamim picked up his eighth century in the 43rd over. The left-hander completed his century playing 127 balls. At the other end, Shakib reached his fifty in the 44th over. Both the batsmen got aggressive after reaching their respective milestones and upped the run-rate. Shakib hit three consecutive boundaries in the 45th over against Lahiru Kumara. Shakib slapped a huge six against Lakmal over mid-wicket in the next over. But Shakib was soon dismissed for 72 off 71 balls with four fours and a six. Tamim finally got out in the 48th over. His superb innings was composed with 15 boundaries and a six. Mosaddek Hossain played a late cameo as the right-hander scored 24 off just nine deliveries. BRIEF SCORE Sri Lanka 234 in 45.1 overs (Chandimal 59, Thisara 55, Mustafizur 3/56) lost to Bangladesh 324/5 (Tamim 127, Shakib 72, Sabbir 54) by 90 runs