Tamim, Shakib power Bangladesh to convincing win against Sri Lanka
Bangladesh 324-5 (Tamim 127) beat
Sri Lanka 234 (Chandimal 59) by 90 runs
First One-Day International in Dambulla
Tamim Iqbal scored a brilliant 127 while Shakib Al Hasan played a handy knock of 72 as Bangladesh went on to post 324 in their innings and later dismissed Sri Lanka for 234 runs in the chase to win the first One-Day International in Dambulla by 90 runs.
Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to field first and Mehedi Hasan made his debut for Bangladesh. Tamim (127) scored three boundaries in as many overs to get things going for Bangladesh.
Suranga Lakmal (2-45) provided the initial breakthrough for Sri Lanka when he had Soumya Sarkar (10) caught behind. With three consecutive boundaries in the eighth over from Thisara Perera (0-63), Sabbir Rahman (54) signalled his intention as Bangladesh ended the first powerplay at 64 for one.
The 50-run partnership between the duo came off just 48 deliveries and in the 17th over, Sabbir used a review to overturn the umpire's decision of LBW. His fifty came off just 48 deliveries but was dismissed soon when he was taken brilliantly by Upul Tharanga to give Asela Gunaratne (1-40) a wicket.
Sri Lanka made a brief comeback as in the next over, Lakshan Sandakan (1-43) had Mushfiqur Rahim (1) caught and bowled and Bangladesh slipped to 120 for three. Tamim completed his 25th half-century in the 26th over.
As Tamim and Shakib (72) consolidated, Bangladesh went past the 150-run mark. With three boundaries in the 31st over, Tamim brought the 50-run stand with Shakib. As both batsmen came close to their respective milestone, the run-rate dipped and Bangladesh were 215 for three at the end of 40 overs.
In the 43rd over, Tamim got his 8th ODI century and moments later, Shakib completed his fifty as well. In the overs 45 and 46, the duo scored 27 runs combined but Shakib perished in the process.
Sri Lanka continued to be sloppy on the field dropping a numerous catches and the misfield also hampered them badly. Tamim's marathon 142 when he holed out to long on to Lakmal, who left the field due to injury as well.
Late flourish from Mosaddek Hossain (24 not out) and Mahmudullah (13 not out) helped Bangladesh post 324 for five in the 50 overs.
In the chase, Mashrafe Mortaza (2-35) had Danushka Gunathilaka (0) trapped LBW in the third ball of the innings. He used a review that ended in vain. In the fourth over, Upul Tharanga (19) survived a tough stumping chance.
The wickets continued to tumble for Sri lanka as Kusal Mendis (4) was caught at long on to give Mehedi (2-43) his first ODI wicket while Taskin Ahmed (1-41) had the better of Tharanga to leave Sri Lanka reeling at 31 for three.
Dinesh Chandimal (59) and Gunaratne (24) tried to resurrect the innings with a 46-run stand with the former completing a fifty on his comeback as well. Milinda Siriwardana (22) and Sachith Pathirana (31) got starts but failed to carry on.
Even a late flourish from Perera (55) could not see the team through as the required run rate crossed 10. Sri Lanka were eventually dismissed for 234 as the 90-run win gave Bangladesh a 1-0 lead in the series with Tamim bagging the player of the match award.
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