Bangladesh's all-round efforts trounced Sri Lanka on Friday © AFP
Bangladesh’s all-round efforts trounced Sri Lanka on Friday © AFP

In pursuit of 321, Sri Lanka were never in the hunt against Bangladesh  on Friday in the absence of captain Angelo Mathews. They folded for 157, ensuring a mammoth 163-run victory for hosts in the ongoing tri-series (also involving Zimbabwe). Sri Lanka continue to remain winless in the tournament. It seems they will take some time to revamp under Chandika Hathurusingha.

How it panned out

Electing to bat, Bangladesh got off to a flier. Anamul Haque and Tamim Iqbal built a solid foundation with a 71-run opening stand. Sri Lanka couldn’t get wickets at regular intervals, and cost them dear. Tamim and Shakib Al Hasan added another 99 runs off 75 balls. At halfway stage, Bangladesh were on course for a total in excess of 300.

Bangladesh lost Tamim and Shakib before the duo could register their respective tons. However, the momentum was carried forward by Mushfiqur Rahim (62). Cameos came from Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman. For Sri Lanka, Thisara Perera and Nuwan Pradeep shared 5 wickets between them.

Sri Lanka were slow to kick off, and lost wickets in bunches later. While Kusal Perera failed, Upul Tharnaga, Dinesh Chandimal, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella and Perera all managed to get starts. Unfortunately, none of them crossed the 30-run mark, showing complete lack of resistance. The Bangladesh bowlers bowled in right areas. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza’s early blows set the tone, whereas Shakib and Rubel Hossain combined to enable a 163-run win.

Shakib was adjudged Man of the Match for his all-round efforts (67 runs, 3 wickets).

Brief scores

Bangladesh 320 for 7 in 50 overs (Tamim Iqbal 84, Shakib Al Hasan 67, Mushfiqur Rahim 62; Thisara Perera 3 for 60, Nuwan Pradeep 2 for 66) beat Sri Lanka 157 in 32.3 overs (Upul Tharanga 25, Dinesh Chandimal 28, Thisara Perera 29; Shakib Al Hasan 3 for 47, Mashrafe Mortaza 2 for 30, Rubel Hossain 2 for 20) by 163 runs.

Player of the Match: Shakib Al Hasan.