ICC WT20: Sri Lanka Squeeze Past Bangladesh
Sri Lanka 152-6 (Jayawardene 43) beat
Bangladesh 151-6 (Raqibul Hasan 38) by four wickets
ICC World Twenty20 warm-up, Trent Bridge
Sri Lanka made hard work of it, but they eventually squeezed past Bangladesh to win their ICC World Twenty20 warm-up match at Trent Bridge by four wickets with two balls to spare.
Bangladesh recovered from losing five wickets inside ten overs to post 151 for six before Sri Lanka closed on 152 for six, the final run coming courtesy of a Rubel Hossain wide.
If Bangladesh bowled and fielded poorly against Australia in their first warm-up match, here they bowled and fielded well but batted poorly at first, and that cost them the game.
Tamim Iqbal made a swift 14 before he was run out after a complete communication breakdown with captain Mohammad Ashraful (16), Junaid Siddique was bowled by Farveez Mahatoof for two, Shakib Al Hasan was bowled by Ajantha Mendis for 23 and both Ashraful and Mahmudullah (1) were brilliantly caught by wicket-keeper and captain Kumar Sangakkara off the bowling of Isuru Udana.
The recovery came from a workmanlike partnership of 70 between Raqibul Hasan (38 not out) and Mushfiqur Rahim (34) before Mashrafe Mortaza thumped a couple of fours at the death to haul Bangladesh past 150.
Udana finished with two for 30 with Maharoof, Mendis and Sanath Jayasuriya picking up a wicket apiece.
Sri Lanka made a confident start, Tillakaratne Dilshan hitting the first ball for four as he and Jayasuriya added 34 in quick time before Dilshan was bowled by Mortaza.
Jayasuriya made his way for 29 before left-arm spinner Shakib bowled him before an innings of 43 in 27 balls from Mahela Jayawardene appeared to be steering Sri Lanka to a comfortable victory.
However, Bangladesh fought back, having Jayawardene caught behind, Sangakkara (16) caught in the deep and Indika de Saram bowled in the penultimate over for three to leave the Sri Lankans seven to win from six balls.
Rubel kept it tight to begin with before Mathews crunched a four through the covers and with the scores level, Rubel went for the bouncer but misjudged it, the ball bouncing too high and being called as a wide.
If Bangladesh can get their batting, bowling and fielding all firing on the same day then they will be a handful come the start of the tournament while Sri Lanka will have been relieved to have started with a win but know that they should have sealed it far more comfortably.
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