Sabbir's 80 sets up convincing win for Bangladesh
Bangladesh 147-7 (Sabbir 80) beat
Sri Lanka 124-8 (Chandimal 37) by 23 runs
Fifth match, Asia Cup, Mirpur
A flamboyant knock of 80 by Sabbir Rahman helped Bangladesh set up a target of 148 runs following which a disciplined bowling performance helped the hosts defeat Sri Lanka by 23 runs in the fifth match of the 2016 Asia Cup in Mirpur.
Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first. Sri Lanka opted to pick Thisara Perera in place of injured Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews was handed the captaincy.
The hosts were rattled early in the game as Mohammad Mithun (0) and Soumya Sarkar (0) fell in the first two overs.
Mithun was trapped in front by Mathews while Nuwan Kulasekara (1-44) had Sarkar caught at mid-off.
In the fourth over, Rahman (80) shrugged off a slow start by hitting three fours and a six off four consecutive deliveries.
Mushfiqur Rahim (4) was run out after Sabbir failed to respond to a call for a single. Sabbir struck three more fours to take the score to 41 for three by the end of the powerplay phase.
Shakib Al Hasan (32) and Sabbir shared an 82-run stand for the fourth wicket and scored over seven runs an over.
Sabbir brought up his fifty in 38 balls and struck 10 boundaries and three sixes in his 54-ball knock before being dismissed in the 16th over by Dushmantha Chameera (3-30).
A handy knock from Shakib and a cameo from Mahmudullah (23 not out) eventually pushed Bangladesh to 147 for seven in their 20 overs. Chameera was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets.
Early in the chase, Bangladesh dropped two catches giving Dinesh Chandimal (37) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (12) a reprieve each.
However, Dilshan’s stay at the crease did not last long and he was caught at mid-off by Sarkar off the bowling of Shakib (2-21).
Chandimal and Shehan Jayasuriya (26) put the chase on track with a 56-run stand for the second wicket.
At the halfway mark, Sri Lanka required 82 runs from 60 balls. While attempting to up the ante with a reverse sweep against Mahmudullah (1-14), Chandimal ended up being caught at backward point.
Sri Lanka slid further with three quick wickets falling between overs 12 and 15. Jayasuriya was stumped while Perera (4) and Milinda Siriwardana (3) fell in successive overs.
With five overs left in the game, Sri Lanka needed 56 runs with five wickets in hand. Two tight overs later, Mathews (12) attempted to get the big hit against Al-Amin Hossain (3-34) away but got a top edge which was taken safely at deep point.
Needing 37 runs from the last two overs, Sri Lanka failed to get any boundaries away in the penultimate over as Mustafizur Rahman (1-19) conceded just five runs, capping off an excellent spell.
Sri Lanka lost the wickets of Dasun Shanaka (14) and Kulasekara (0) and eventually fell short as Bangladesh wrapped up a convincing 23-run victory.
It was also the first time Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 International. Sabbir was awarded the man of the match.
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