Bangladesh earn comprehensive win in warm-up game
Bangladesh have begun their Sri Lanka tour with a convincing 5-wicket victory over Sri Lanka Board President’s XI in the warm-up one-dayer at P Sara Oval, Colombo.
Bangladesh, led by Tamim Iqbal, opted to bowl first. Pacers made early inroads for the touring side. Rubel Hossain got opposition captain Niroshan Dickwella lbw for a duck in the first over. He then sent back Oshada Fernando.
Taskin Ahmed’s only wicket was Danushka Gunathilaka, who made a brisk 27. SLBP XI were tumbling at 32 for 3.
Shehan Jayasuriya helped the hosts recover with his 56 runs as he involved in a 82-run stand with Bhanuka Rajapaksa (32). It was Dasun Shanaka who shifted the momentum towards the end. His 63-ball 86* blitz included 6 fours and 6 sixes. That helped SLBP XI post 282/8 on board.
In reply, openers Tamim and Soumya Sarkar put on 45 runs for the opening wicket. Soumya was relatively slow for his 24-ball 13 runs. Tamim was dismissed for 37 by Lahiru Kumara.
73-run third-wicket stand between Bangladesh’s new No.3 Mohammad Mithun and Mushfiqur Rahim eased the run-chase. Mushfique faced 46 balls for his 50 runs. While Mithun capitalized on his opportunity, top-scoring with 91 runs from 100 deliveries including 11 fours and a six.
The first ODI will take place at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on July 26.
SLBP XI 282/8 in 50 overs (Shanaka 86*, Jayasuriya 56; Soumya 2/29, Rubel 2/31)
Bangladesh 285/5 in 48.1 overs (Mithun 91, Mushfiqur 50, Tamim 37; Kumara 2/26)
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets