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Shanaka guides Sri Lanka to dramatic T20 win over Bangladesh

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Sylhet, Mar. 4 (AFP) - Dasun Shanaka held his nerve under pressure to take two wickets in the final over, snatching a dramatic three-run win for Sri Lanka in the opening Twenty20 international of a three-match series against Bangladesh in Sylhet on Monday.

Set a target of 207 runs, lower middle-order batsman Jaker Ali took Bangladesh close with his maiden fifty before Shanaka ended his 34-ball innings of 68 with the third ball of the last over.

Shoriful Islam hit a four from the next ball, leaving Bangladesh requiring six from their last two balls.

But the hosts could manage only two runs to be restricted to 203-8, with Shanaka, who also dismissed Rishad Hossain in the first ball of the final over, finishing with 2-36.

Former skipper Angelo Mathews claimed 2-17 to inflict some early damage on the Bangladesh innings before veteran Mahmudullah Riyad struck 54 off 31 balls to revive the hopes of the home side.

Sadeera Samarawickrama and Kusal Mendis earlier slammed a fifty each to guide Sri Lanka to 206-3 after Bangladesh sent them in.

Samarawickrama struck an unbeaten 61 off 48 balls after Mendis hit 59 off 36 balls as the visitors overcame a slow start to put up an imposing total.

Stand-in skipper Charith Asalanka played his part with an unbeaten 44 from 21 balls.

Mendis and Samarawickrama shared 96 runs for the third wicket after Sri Lanka lost their first two wickets for 37 runs.

Shoriful removed Avishka Fernando for four with the second ball of the innings before Taskin Ahmed had Kamindu Mendis caught by Soumya Sarkar at midwicket for 19.

Mendis hit leg-spinner Rishad for a four and two sixes off consecutive balls to race to his fifty off 27 balls.

Rishad returned for his next spell to exact revenge as Mahmudullah took a well-judged catch at long off boundary to end the innings of Mendis.

Asalanka joined Samarawickrama to continue the assault, adding 73 for the unbroken fourth wicket, including 24 runs from the last over of the innings bowled by Mustafizur Rahman.

The series marks the start of Sri Lanka's month-long tour of Bangladesh, which also includes three one-day internationals and two Tests.


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  • Amaran Monday, 04 March 2024 11:21 PM

    Congratulations to our team

    Jude Tuesday, 05 March 2024 01:06 AM

    Can't believe shanaka won the game for SL. Dasun sometimes bowl slower than spinner Theekshana.

    Amadoru Tuesday, 05 March 2024 06:00 AM

    Remove that immature show off guy who gave all the runs unlimited NBs, WDs, and brought the game almost to the hands of Bangladeshis. Remove him from the World Cup team otherwise please do not go because you already know the results. Let the guy play school cricket for next 5 years and Silverwood please take up position and withstand any bloody pressure including religious issues and get the guy out of the team if you want to bring back the game to its former glory. Thank you.

    Ram Tuesday, 05 March 2024 06:47 AM

    Well done boys. Keep your nerve to do the honours and complete the series

    Pethiyagoda Ranji Tuesday, 05 March 2024 02:10 PM

    One Useless Baller is enough to destroy Sri Lanka Cricket for good, and It will continue as long as he represents the SL Team.. No Line and Length..No Brain..An Absolute Useless Bowler with No Idea about BOWLING..!


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