Sri Lanka overhaul Bangladesh with dominant batting display
Sri Lanka 194-4 (Mendis 53) beat
Bangladesh 193-5 (Rahim 66no) by six wickets
First Twenty20 International in Dhaka
Sri Lanka came up with a dominating batting display as they chased down 194 runs against Bangladesh in the 17th over with six wickets in hand in the first Twenty20 International in Dhaka and take a 1-0 unassailable lead in the series.
Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat first. Soumya Sarkar (51) started the proceedings with a six and a four in the opening over from Shehan Madushanka (0-39).
With hat-trick of boundaries in the third over from Sarkar, Bangladesh got off to a blistering start of 41 runs without losing a wicket. Danushka Gunathilaka (1-16) provided some relief to the visitors when he castled Zakir Hasan (10) but Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim (66 not out) played positively to take Bangladesh to 71 for one in the powerplay phase.
The runs came thick and fast for Bangladesh as they maintained the run rate of 10 at the halfway mark with Sarkar completing his maiden T20I fifty needing just 30 deliveries for it.
Jeevan Mendis (2-21) on his comeback game created impact straightaway with the wickets of Sarkar and Afif Hossain (0) in his first three deliveries but Mahmudullah (43) and Rahim continued to press on and added 73 runs off just 47 deliveries.
Despite Sri Lanka managed late wickets of Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman (1), Rahim's brilliance meant, Bangladesh went on to post a formidable total of 193 for five in the 20 overs.
Chasing almost 10 an over, Sri Lanka got off to a terrific start with Gunathilaka (30) and Kusal Mendis (53) scoring 10 boundaries in the first 27 deliveries before Nazmul Islam (2-25) on his maiden outing had the former stumped.
Mendis though failed to tone down as he plundered three more boundaries and a six in the next two overs and soon went on to reach a 25-ball half-century.
Bangladesh though pulled back things with the wickets of Mendis, Upul Tharanga (4) and Niroshan Dickwella (11) but any chances of them getting a hold of the game was put off by an unbeaten 65 run stand from Thisara Perera (39 not out) and Dasun Shanaka (42 not out) as Sri Lanka reached the target with ease in the 17th over with six wickets in hand.
Mendis was awarded the player of the match as Sri Lanka take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
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