Bangladesh defeat Sri Lanka

Bangladesh defeat Sri Lanka

Liton had smashed five sixes and two fours.

When Bangladesh locked horns with Sri Lanka in the first game between the two sides in the ongoing Nidahas Trophy 2018, the two teams had very different agenda getting in to the game.

Bangladesh were desperate for a win to break a T20 losing streak of five matches.

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After openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis set the tone for an imposing total, Kusal Perera continued his stellar form in the tournament scoring a belligerent 74 off 48 balls to lead Sri Lanka huge 214 for 6, after Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah chose to bowl first under overcast conditions. Sri Lanka will be high on confidence going into their second game after they surprised team India in the tournament opener, courtesy a Kushal Perera special.

The tournament, timed to commemorate the host island's 70 years of independence, stays alive with all three teams having won a game each. But this defeat has now placed Sri Lanka in a must-win situation against India on Monday. However, Sri Lanka is hoping to win this match.

The Tigers won the rain-delayed toss and elected to bowl first in their second T20 match in the series. With Gunathilaka and Mendis, Sri Lanka started the match.

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Sri Lanka employed seven bowlers, just as their opposing camp, but nothing prevented the tigers from snatching a well-deserved victory. He the fourth ball of the final over towards midwicket and ran a single, limping.

Liton was the primary aggressor as he hammered four sixes in four overs while Tamim Iqbal punished Nuwan Pradeep and Akila Dananjaya.

Mahmudullah then removed Mendis and Dasun Shanaka in quick succession, yet Upul Tharanga's 32 in 15 balls took the Lankans past 200.

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Soumya Sarkar joined Mushfiqur and the duo added a fifty-run stand as Bangladesh kept pace with the required rate, which allowed Mushfiqur to ensure victory despite losing wickets towards the end.

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