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Mushfiqur Rahim power Bangladesh in record-run chase

Mushfiqur Rahim smashed five boundaries and four sixes
Mushfiqur Rahim smashed five boundaries and four sixes

Bangladesh 215-5 (Rahim 72no) beat
Sri Lanka 214-6 (Kusal 74) by five wickets
3rd Twenty20 International, Nidahas Trophy, Colombo

Mushfiur Rahim smashed an unbeaten 72 off 35 deliveries as Bangladesh went on to complete a record chase of 215 runs with five wickets in hand against Sri Lanka in Colombo to get their first win in the ongoing Nidahas Trophy.

Chasing 215 in 20 overs is always going to be a formidable task for the visitors but the openers Tamim Iqbal (47) and Liton Das (43) gave a perfect start to their innings hitting five maximums and six boundaries in the powerplay phase which also saw the latter dismissed in the penultimate delivery as Bangladesh reached 74 for one in six overs.

Tamim continued to press on as he hit two more boundaries and a six in the next three overs before he was caught off his own bowling by Thisara Perera (1-36) and at halfway mark, Bangladesh were positioned 103 for two.

Rahim (72 not out) looked positive from the outset and between overs 11 and 15, Bangladesh went on to add 47 more runs to bring their 150-run mark.

Just as the visitors were coasting away with the victory, Nuwan Pradeep (2-37) provided some respite for Sri Lanka with the wicket of Sarkar but Mahmudullah (20) in his brief 11-ball stay scored a six and a boundary before he holed out to deep square leg.

Rahim, who completed his half-century off just 24 deliveries brought down the target down to 20 runs off the final two overs which he went on to achieve with two deliveries to spare despite losing Sabbir Rahman (0).

Earlier, Kusal Perera (74) continued his rich vein of form and scored his second consecutive fifty of the tournament and was supported by Kusal Mendis (57) and Danushka Gunathilaka (26) in laying a strong platform for Sri Lanka's innings.

Upul Tharanga (32 not out) with his 15-ball cameo provided the late flourish to lift the total to 214 for six in the 20 overs.

Rahim was awarded the man of the match as the first round of the Nidahas Trophy ended with all the teams winning a game apiece.

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