When Litton Kumar Das was batting, the dreary target looked to be not dreadful as it was earlier, before the start up the second session of the game.
And when Mushfiqur Rahim was there, the night sky of the Premadasa Stadium lightened up, Bangladesh came back as strongly as could possible, beat host Sri Lanka by 5 wickets with the record of the highest run chase by any sub-continent team in the shortest version of the game.
Many a time the Tigers initiated things well, many a time they lost their way into the deep vines of the game’s uncertainty but this time the light resumed brighter and brighter with the progression of the match and lastly it is Bangladesh who emerged as the winners chasing a formidable total of 214 runs in 20 overs.
More importantly Bangladesh caught hold of the confidence that has been sinking further and further since the beginning of the new year 2018. The win through chasing 214 is, however, the highest successful chase by any sub-continent team in the T20I cricket.
Tamim Iqbal and young wicket keeper batsman Litton Kumar Das launched brilliant assault since the very beginning of Bangladesh innings.
Together they needed only 5.5 overs to mount an opening score of 74 runs in between them before Litton lost his way being trapped leg before wicket by Nuwan Pradeep. Terrific he was in approach, fired 5 over boundaries in contrast to 2 boundaries.
With a strike rate of 226.32, Litton Kumar struck 43 runs off mere 19 balls.
Other opener Tamim Iqbal rested in the crease for five more overs, cruised Bangladesh crossing past 100 run mark prior to become the victim of Thisara Perera taking catch in his own bowling.
Tamim scored second highest for the team, though missed the half century, he needed only 29 deliveries to reach 47 runs with the help of 6 fours and a six.
Like many occasions in the past, Bangladesh could panicked out after the quite untimely departure of Tamim and Litton, but Mushfiqur Rahim came down with scintillating touch, did not end before taking his team to the glorified win.
Up in the sky high he delivered with the bat, perfectly timed every shots now and then mingled up with singles and doubles kept the responsibility rested into himself despite receiving a painful injury just before the ending phase.
He left the field unbeaten scoring 72 runs played out 35 balls; the innings was ornamented with 5 shots for four and four shots for sixes.
Sri Lanka blew Bangladesh’ stack when the cool headed Thisara Perera keep his calm and directly threw Sabbir Rahman out of the popping crease; the hard hitter lost his wicket not opening his account.
Captain in charge Mahmudullah Riyad stayed beside Mushfiqur Rahim shorty but with significant scoring rate. Hitting a single four and a six, he grouped well with Mushfiqur scoring 22 off 11.
1 runs were to score in 3 balls – Mushfiqur Rahim wisely ran through for the single; Bangladesh had two more balls to spare in the 20 over innings.
Before that, host Sri Lankan batsmen buried Bangladesh bowlers under run feast at the Premadasa proving Mahmudullah Riyad’s decision of bowling first after winning the toss.
Neither early drops of shower nor the green grass on top helped Bangladesh pacers a bit, all four fast bowlers plunged under huge runs without any literal successes.
Amidst them, young gun Mustafizur Rahman claimed three wickets out of total six Sri Lanka lost on their way to score 214.
Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad showed spared with the ball, grabbed 2 wickets in 2 overs conceding 15 runs; the other one was taken by Taskin Ahmed.
For Sri Lanka, both Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis completed half centuries; Perera scored highest of them. He scored 74 runs 48 balls while Mendis’ 57 came off 30 deliveries.
Watch Bangladesh winning moments here-
Sri Lanka 214/6 (20 overs)
Kusal Perera 74, Kusal Mendis 57, Upul Tharanga 32
Mustafizur Rahman 3/48, Taskin Ahmed 1/40, Mahmudullah Riyad 2/15
Bangladesh 215/5 (19.4 overs)
Mushfiqur Rahim 72*, Tamim Iqbal 47, Litton Kumar Das 43
Nuwan Pradeep 2/37, Thisara Perera 1/36, Dushmantha Chameera 1/44
Result: Bangladesh won by 5 wickets.