Sri Lanka wins 1st T20I by 6 wickets
Sri Lanka has won the first T20 international match by 6 wickets against Bangladesh at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. They have managed to chase down the total losing 4 wickets. The home team is now one up in the three match series.
Morning, however, did not show the day for Bangladesh bowlers. With unconventional opening of the bowling by a spinner, this time, it was Mahmudullah Riyad who delivered a very good first over indeed conceding only 2 runs.
But Sri Lankan openers launched the assault after that, throwing away everything that came towards them. Dilruwan Perera and Upal Tharanga manufactured 65 run opening partnership in less than 7 overs.
Skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza produced the first breakthrough for the visitors; Upal Tharanga’s less than run a ball innings of 24 runs in 23 balls went astray in the fifth delivery of seventh over; while attempting to hit hard, Tharanga was in the third man by Mustafizur Rahman.
The second breakthrough also came in the hands of the skipper. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza captured his second wicket of the match in a unique fashion. Munaweera (8 off 6) checked the shot when he realized it was cutter from the opponent captain, but it was too late for him, the Tiger skipper caught the victim by himself.
Gunaratne departed while debutant Mohammad Saifuddin was in the attack but credit for the wicket goes to Sabbir Rahman for his quick in field response.
Gunaratne survived the shout for leg before wicket but in the aftermath failed to make his ground on a call from Kusal Perera.
Bangladesh 155/6 (20 overs)
Mosaddek Hossain 34*, Mahmudullah Riyad 31, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza 9*
Lasith Malinga 2/38, J Sanjaya 1/24, D Gunaratne 1/24
Sri Lanka 158/4
Kusal Perera 77, Upal Tharanga 24, D Gunaratne 17
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza 2/32, Taskin Ahmed 1/33
Result: Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets.