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Nidahas Trophy 2018: Sri Lanka will battle against Bangladesh

Sri Lanka's coach Chandika Hathurusingha speaks with captain Dinesh Chandimal during a practice session on the eve of their clash against Bangladesh. AFP Nidahas Trophy 2018: Sri Lanka will battle against Bangladesh
Nellie Chapman | 11 March, 2018, 04:07

Mushfiqur Rahim's blazing 72 off 35 balls helped Bangladesh achieve their fourth-highest successful chase in Twenty20 Internationals as they defeated Sri Lanka by five wickets on Sunday to throw the Nidahas Trophy T20 tri-series open at the Premadasa Stadium.

Series: Sri Lanka beat India in the opening game of the series, but Rohit Sharma and company made a comeback with a victory against Bangladesh in the second encounter.

Bangladesh: Mahmudullah (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Hider, Abu Jayed, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Islam, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan, Liton Das.

After the India win, captain Dinesh Chandimal said the the players are feeling good about their game and also gave credit to coach Chandika Hathurusingha, who was earlier with Bangladesh. Sri Lankan openers, Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis got off to a flying start as they added 56 runs in 27 deliveries for the first wicket before the former was dismissed on 26 (19).

The local team Sri Lanka started the match very destructively and dominated the Tigers bowlers completely.

Bangladesh have recently lost the T20I home series 2-0 against Sri Lanka last month and moreover, they have not won an global match since January 23. When his time to bat came, Mushfiqur slammed four sixes and five boundaries during a smashing knock. Liton departed for a fantastic 19-ball 43 while Tamim amassed 47 runs off 29 balls.

In the first match of the tournament, this Sri Lanka defeated India by 5 wickets.

Bangladesh were desperate for a win to break a T20 losing streak of five matches. Perera returned to the pavilion with four balls to spare in their innings top edging to wicket-keeper but by then he had shared 55 for the sixth wicket with Tharanga who remained unbeaten on 32 of 15 balls with four boundaries and a six. 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.