Bangladesh wins by 23 runs thrashing Sri Lanka

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Dhaka, Feb 28: Bangladesh cricket team on Sunday thrashed Sri Lanka by 23 runs in their third match in the Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the city’s Mirpur.

Bangladesh bowlers Al Amin Hossain grabbed three wickets, Shakib Al Hasan two and Mustafizur Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza and Mahmudullah grabbed a wicket each.

Earlier, Sabbir Rahman’s collection of 80 runs helped Bangladesh post a fighting total of 147 runs against Sri Lanka.

Recovering from an early jolt, the Tigers scored 147 for 7 in 20 overs riding on the 4th wicket stand of 82 runs in 11.1 overs between Sabbir Rahman and famed all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.

The pair carried the team total to 108/4 in 16 overs from 26/3 in 4.5 overs before Sabbir was caught by Shehan Jayasuriya off a Dushmantha Chameera delivery.

Sabbir fired 10 boundaries and three sixes off 54 balls for his 3rd T20I half century of 80. He also scored the team highest 44 runs for Bangladesh in the tournament opener against India.

This is also the 3rd highest individual T20I score for any Bangladesh cricketer after Tamim Iqbal’s 88 and Sahakib Al Hasan’s 84.

Sabbir Rahman reached the half century hammering a six off a Shehan Jayasuriya delivery in the 12.1 overs for 52 off 38 balls.

Besides, Sabbir took 17 runs, including one six and two successive boundaries, in the 13th over of the innings bowled by Jayasuriya.

Shakib stayed for 32 off 34 balls, including three boundaries, before being caught by Dinesh Chandimal off a Chameera delivery at 123 in 17.2 overs.

Mahmuduaalh Riyad hit unbeaten 23 off 12 balls, including two boundaries and one six.

Fast bowler Chameera grabbed three wickets for 30 runs in four overs. Mathews and Nuwan Kulasekara took one wicket each for 8 and 44 runs in three and four overs respectively.

Earlier, opening bat after winning the toss, Bangladesh faced early jolt losing their opener Mohammad Mithun and Soumya Sarkar for ducks while scoreboard showing 2/2 in 1.3 overs.

Mithun back to pavilion at team’s zero was lbw off skipper Angelo Mathews in the very 2nd ball. Soumya followed Mithun soon in 2/2 in 1.3 overs.

Bangladesh Test skipper came to pair with Sabbir Rahman in the 3rd wicket, but was run out at 26/3 in 4.5 overs.

Mathews delivered to Mushfiqur who set off aiming a single playing length ball towards short cover, but didn’t get the response from the other end. Mathews took this opportunity to whip the bails off.

Bangladesh fielded an unchanged squad that played against United Arab Emirate (UAE).

Sri Lanka brought one change in their squad to the one that played against UAE with Thisara Perera replacing premier bowler Lasith Malinga, who also captained them.

Bangladesh started the five-nation tournament campaign with a 45-run loss to India in the opener before coming back to form defeating the United Arab Emirates by 51 runs in their 2nd match.

Sri Lanka beat UAE by 14 runs for their winning start and now face Bangladesh in their 2nd match.

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