widenews desk: Bangladesh carried forward the momentum from their historic 100th Test win by making a rousing start to the three-match ODI series in Dambulla. Tamim Iqbal, with his eighth hundred, and Shakib Al Hasan fashioned their formidable score of 324 for 5 before a combined effort between the bowlers and fielders helped them shut out Sri Lanka for 234 in 45.1 overs.
This was the first time Bangladesh had posted a 300-plus total away from home. Thisara Perera, coming in at No. 8, decided to upset them temporarily with a fifty off just 28 balls just when victory looked a foregone conclusion for the visitors. But the escalating asking rate resulted in big shots from the other batsmen, which eventually led to their downfall.
Dinesh Chandimal fought through to make a half-century and try set up a late surge. They needed someone, to bat a long innings, but kept losing wickets on the face of some disciplined bowling. The stranglehold was well and truly on 15 overs into the chase.
That Bangladesh could apply scorecard pressure was thanks to the 144-run stand between Tamim, the match’s top-scorer with 127, and Shakib, who made a fire-and-ice 71-ball 72. Sabbir Rahman’s half-century was equally important as it helped drive Bangladesh after the early loss of Soumya Sarkar. To finish with a flourish, Mosaddek Hossain and Mahmudullah hammered 35 off 2.1 overs.
Tamim became the first Bangladeshi to cross 10,000 international runs.
Momentum remained with Bangladesh as Mashrafe Mortaza removed Danushka Gunathilaka off the third ball of the chase. Kusal Mendis fell to a miscued slog in the sixth over before Taskin Ahmed had Tharanga toe-end a pull to mid-on in the 11th over. Chandimal and Asela Gunaratne added 54 for the fourth wicket before the latter reverse swept a low catch to Mosaddek at point. By then, the asking rate had mounted over seven an over.
Chandimal reached his fifty off 62 balls. But in an attempt to up the run-rate, he top edged a sweep to Soumya at short fine-leg after making 59. It was the second wicket for debutant Mehedi Hasan, who had earlier picked up Mendis. Soon after the required run-rate crossed the 10-mark, Milinda Siriwardana struck Mustafizur for a straight six, the first of Sri Lanka’s innings, but fell off the next delivery to a diving effort by Shuvagata Hom, substituting for Tamim, at deep square leg for 22.
Mashrafe, returning to his second spell, had a wicket off the first ball when Sachith Pathirana skied one to Mahmudullah at mid-off for 31. With Sri Lanka on 171 for 7, the game was all but over. Thisara though decided to play the way he knows and struck a belligerent half-century, but on the night he has to realize, Bangladesh’s bowlers and fielders were too sharp for Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh 324 for 5 (Tamim 127, Shakib 72, Sabbir 54, Lakmal 2-45) beat Sri Lanka 234 (Chandimal 59, Thisara 55, Mustafizur 3-56) by 90 runs