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Tamim and Liton took 10 off the first over.
A scintillating display by the Sri Lankan batting lineup saw the hosts pile up a huge total of 214 for 6.
Kushal Perera top scored with 74 while Kusal Mendis scored 57.
Mahmudullah picked up Kusal Mendis and Dasun Shanaka in one over to bring Bangladesh back in the game.
Sri Lankan batsmen are giving Bangladeshi bowler a hard time in Colombo.
Hosts Sri Lanka hit the ground running from the very first ball of the third match of the Nidahas Trophy 2018 against Bangladesh.
Thanks to a blistering start from their openers, the islanders moved to 30 in just 3 overs losing no wickets.
Bangladesh won the toss and put Sri Lanka to bat first in both the teams’ second T20I of the Nidahas Trophy 2018.
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are at opposite ends of the confidence spectrum as they face up in the Nidahas Trophy. Bangladesh haven’t won an international match since January 23, since when they have lost two ODIs, two Tests and three T20s on the trot. Sri Lanka on the other hand have looked like a different unit, following their successes in Bangladesh. Their five-wicket win over India showed where their confidence currently stands.
Their chase against India, in which the middle order latched on to the fast start made by the top order, was quite pleasing. Although Kusal Mendis fell cheaply, Kusal Perera struck a superb 66 off 37 balls before big hitters Dasun Shanaka and Thisara Perera rounded it off with precision. It might have been against a second-string India attack, but Sri Lanka were happy to beat them.
They would, however, be slightly worried about their bowlers. Akila Dananjaya went wicketless, and Nuwan Pradeep was carted around, which meant part-timers Jeevan Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka had to share six overs. Their fast bowlers, including Thisara Perera, would be inclined to bowl short at the Bangladesh batsmen, given their moderate success using this length earlier this year.
Facing Sri Lanka’s short-ball barrage is one of several problems Bangladesh could face. Their 139 for 8 against India was not just sub-par, but a reflection of their mentality. They played out 68 dot balls as they mistimed several attempts to hit boundaries. Even Liton Das and Sabbir Rahman, who got out in the thirties, were guilty of eating up dot balls. Mushfiqur Rahim got out at the wrong time.
What will encourage Bangladesh would be their bowling, which looked slightly improved in the India game. Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain and Mehidy Hasan bowled well, as did Nazmul Islam, although he was underbowled. Having lost 13 of their last 14 T20Is, though, they will need to find ways to build on these small gains.
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In the spotlight
Having missed much of Sri Lanka’s tour of Bangladesh through injury, Kusal Perera stormed back into international cricket with a quickfire 66 against India. More fireworks will be expected on Saturday.
Soumya Sarkar was Bangladesh’s top scorer in T20 internationals in 2017, despite not holding on to his place in the Test and ODI teams. He has crossed 40 three times in his last five innings, and will be expected to carry that form forward.
Sri Lanka may switch Nuwan Pradeep with Suranga Lakmal to bolster their pace attack.
Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Danushka Gunathilaka, 2 Kusal Mendis, 3 Kusal Perera, 4 Dinesh Chandimal (capt & wk), 5 Upul Tharanga, 6 Dasun Shanaka, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Jeevan Mendis, 9 Akila Dananjaya, 10 Dushmantha Chameera, 11 Nuwan Pradeep
Bangladesh have plenty to worry about but perhaps it is not their bowling, which could deter them from adding a seventh batsman to their line-up.
Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Liton Das, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mahmudullah (capt), 6 Sabbir Rahman, 7 Mehidy Hasan, 8 Mustafizur Rahman, 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Nazmul Islam