A new look Sri Lanka started inauspiciously losing to Bangladesh by 33 runs chasing a target of 258 in the first of three ODIs at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. The Bangladeshi bowlers’ tight rein over the Lankan batting department was such to a point that a worthwhile score came only from No. 8 Wanindu Hasaranga raising the question why his talent was being wasted so low down the order.
Bangladesh posted 257 for 6 off 50 overs on a slow track after winning the toss with Player of the Match Mushfiqur Rahim top scoring with 84 off 87 balls inclusive of 4 boundaries and a six in pulling his side out of the rut of 99 for 4 off 23 overs. He was associated in a 109-run fifth wicket alliance with Mahmudullah who made 54 off 76 containing 2 boundaries and a six as the pair in sedate paced out rebuilding of the innings in denying the Lankan bowlers the any further push.
Sri Lanka’s run chase produced 30 off 5 overs when Danushka Gunathilaka fell for 21off 19 inclusive of 5 boundaries caught and bowled Mehidy Hasan Miraz, but No.3 Pathum Nissanka went for 8 off 13 caught Afif Hossain bowled Mustafizur Rahman – 2 for 41 off 7.4.
Skipper Kusal Janith Perera, in his new role as captain did hold up one end with 30 off 50 with just the solitary boundary taking the total to 83 adding 42 for the third wicket with his deputy Kusal Mendis was third out for 24 off 36 inclusive of 2 boundaries falling to Shakib Al Hasan holing out to Miraz when he was bowled by Miraz. The skipper was fourth out bowled by Miraz with the total on 94 (21.3) , and when Dhahanjaya de Silva followed two overs later another bowled victim of Miraz for 9 the writing was on the wall for Sri Lanka wobbling on 97 for 5 (23.1). Ashen Bandara consumed 24 deliveries for 3 before being the third clean bowled victim to Miraz 102 for 6 27.3 an d just past the halfway mark it was good as over. Wanindu Hasaranga’s valiant lone effort 74 off 60 fine edged by 5 sixes and 3 boundaries proved too late making one wonder at such abundant talent kept in wraps so low down the order. He put on 47 for the seventh wicket with Dasun Shanaka who made 14 off 25 (*1×4), and 61 for the eighth , the most productive, with an all gall Isuru Udana 21 off 23 (2×4) when Hasaranga’s gallant cameo ended caught Hossain bowled Mohammad Saifuddin. Miraz returned fine figures of 4 for 30 and Mustafizur Rahman 3 for 34.
For Bangladesh, upfront, skipper Tamim Iqbal made 52 off 70 hitting 6 boundaries and a six as Bangladesh recovered from 5 for 1 when Dushmantha Chameera had Liton Das caught by Dhananjaya de Silva for a duck. He put on 38 runs for the second wicket with Shakib Al Hasan who made 15 off 34 when Danushka Gunathilaka had him caught by Pathum Nissanka for 15 and Bangladesh was 43 for 2. Iqbal was third out with the total on 99 when Dhananjaya de Silva trapped him leg before wicket when Rahim and Mahmudullah forged a Bangladesh recovery. Dhananjaya de Silva was Sri Lanka’s only successful bowler with figures of 3 for 45 from his 10 overs.
BANGLADESH 257/6 (50 Overs) RR: 5.14
(Tamim Iqbal 52, Mushfiqur Rahim 84, Mahmudullah 54, Asif Hossain 27, Asif Hossain n.o. 27, Shakib Al Hasan 15, Mohammad Saifuddin n.o. 13, Dhananjaya de Silva 3 for 45)
SRI LANKA 224 (48.1 Overs) RR: 4.65
(Wanindu Hasaranga 74, Kusal Janith Perera 30, Kusal Mendis 24, Danushka Gunathilaka 21, Isuru Udana 21, Dasun Shanaka 14, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 4 for 30, Mustafizur Rahman 3/34, Mohammad Saifuddin 2/49).