Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Nidahas Trophy 2018: Sri Lanka will battle against Bangladesh

Nidahas Trophy 2018: Sri Lanka will battle against Bangladesh

Bangladesh chased down a tough 215-run target against Sri Lanka with two balls to spare in the Twenty20 tri-series on Saturday.

Bangladesh were desperate for a win to break a T20 losing streak of five matches. They lost 13 of their last 14 T20Is and will need to find ways to get back to their form.

A brilliant and fearless unbeaten 72 from Mushfiqur Rahim ensured that Bangladesh completed the fourth highest chase in T20I history.

Sri Lanka was powered by half-centuries by Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera, who added 85 runs for the second wicket off 53 deliveries.

Bangladesh have recently lost the T20I home series 2-0 against Sri Lanka last month and moreover, they have not won an worldwide match since January 23.

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Dasun Shanaka and Dinesh Chandimal fell cheaply but Upul Tharanga helped Sri Lanka score 17 runs in the 17th over with the help of two boundaries and a six.

Mushfiqur Rahim celebrating the win against Sri Lanka. Invited to bat after a drizzle delayed the toss by 15 minutes, Sri Lanka were off to a flying start with Mendis putting on 56 runs for the opening wicket with Danushka Gunathilaka (26).

Liton was the primary aggressor as he hammered four sixes in four overs while Tamim Iqbal punished Nuwan Pradeep and Akila Dananjaya. Liton Das smashed 43 off 19 balls with five sixes and two boundaries. Tamim scored 47 runs as well. Bangladesh paceman Mustafizur Rahman claimed three wickets.

Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera had struck fifties for Sri Lanka as they reached an imposing total of 214 for 6. That set the tone for a big total and even though Mustafizur Rahman cleaned up Gunathilaka, the hosts were sitting pretty at the halfway stage at 98 for one. And Mushfiqur played a knock of his life, unbeaten 72 off 35 balls, to lead Bangladesh to that win and then dance which was a delight for everyone at the stadium.

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