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Bangladesh post 183/7 against SL in must-win contest

Tigers were asked to bat first after losing the toss

Update : 01 Sep 2022, 10:54 PM

A half-century stand between Afif Hossain and Mahmudullah guided Bangladesh to a competitive 183/7 against Sri Lanka in a do-or-die Asia Cup clash Thursday.

Sri Lanka took regular wickets but the left-handed Afif (39) and Mahmudullah (27) put on 57 runs for the fifth wicket to boost Bangladesh's bid to make the Super Four stage of the six-nation tournament.

No 7 Mosaddek Hossain chipped in with a useful 24 not out off nine balls to finish the innings with a flourish.

The loser of the contest will crash out of the tournament, which acts as a tune-up to the T20 World Cup in October-November in Australia.

Fast bowler Asitha Fernando struck early in his T20 debut to send back Sabbir Rahman, who came in as one of the three changes for Bangladesh, caught behind for five in the third over.

Opener Mehedi Hasan Miraz took on Asitha with three straight boundaries including a six off a scoop shot that went over the fine-leg fence.

Bangladesh reached 55/1 in the first six overs of the powerplay - when only two fielders are allowed outside the inner circle - but leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga struck soon after.

Hasaranga bowled Miraz with a googly for 38 off 26 deliveries to silence a noisy crowd dominated by Bangladesh fans in face paint and waving national flags.

Chamika Karunaratne took down Mushfiqur Rahim in the next over for four to suddenly check Bangladesh's surge.

Shakib, a left-handed all-rounder, attempted to hit back with two straight reverse scoops off Karunaratne but soon fell to Maheesh Theekshana's mystery spin.

He made 24.

Afif brought up Bangladesh's 100 with a four and six off Hasaranga and rebuilt the innings with Mahmudullah.

The two batsmen failed to convert their starts into bigger scores, but Mosaddek and Taskin Ahmed made sure Bangladesh finished on a high with an unbeaten stand of 24 in 11 balls.

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