Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan ruled out of first Sri Lanka T20

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan ruled out of first Sri Lanka T20

Opener Kusal Mendis scored his maiden half century in T20I to lead Sri Lanka's six-wicket rout of Bangladesh in the first of the two matches in Dhaka on Thursday.

Sarkar's attacking approach kept the scoreboard soaring, with Bangladesh bringing up its 100 in 10 overs.

Dananjaya will be the key man for the visitors as they look to end an eight-match losing streak, which began when they lost the final T20I of two-match series in Sri Lanka against Bangladesh in April a year ago.

Selectors asked left-arm spinner Nazmul Hossain to join the squad as a replacement for Shakib in the first game. It can only be good news for Sri Lanka.

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 easily in the 17th over with six wickets in hand.

Later on, middle order batsman Dasun Shanaka (42*) and Thisara Perera (39*) held the innings to a comprehensive victory with 20 deliveries remaining.

Openers Soumya Sarkar and Zakir Hasan, one of the four debutants for the Tigers, made a flying start, taking 49 in the first four overs.

Mushfiqur's batting display was sublime but Mahmudullah's improvisation was simply outstanding, some examples being the way he got behind the line of the ball and smacked over cover or when he backed away even before the ball was bowled by Madushanka before smacking it over the rope.

With setting a target of 194 for the Lankans, Bangladesh have broken its previous high of 190-5 against Ireland in 2012.

Now they will play their last game against the visitors on February 18 at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium with only the hope of saving face.

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