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28 February,2016

RTNN News Desk: Tigers have made a comeback after splitting the partnership between Shehan Jayasuriya and Dinesh Chandimal as they smashed 63-run in chasing 148-run target in the fifth encounter of Asia Cup.

Shakib bagged Shehan Jayasuriya (26) and Dinesh Chandimal (37) was caught in Taskin’s hand in a Mahmudullah delivery.

The partnership effort by has settle Sri Lanka steady in chasing 148-run target for victory.

Having lost five quick wickets, Sri Lanka now need 50 off the last four overs.

Tigers have set a fighting 148-run target losing seven wickets against Sri Lanka in the fifth encounter of Asia Cup.

Sabbir Rahman initiated his trademark batting style also propelled Tigers total to set the fighting target.

Sabbir hit a fabulous 80-run knock off 40 balls hitting 10 groundbreaking bicycle boundaries and three whirlwind maximums before the departure.

Shakib Al Hasan added 32-run of 34 balls hitting three boundaries in third wicket stand.

 

Shakib played the supporting role to perfection. Initially, he did struggle for timing and placement, but pinched singles and twos to rotate the strike. With their pyrotechnics, Shakib and Mahmudullah then, thumped a few sparkling shots in the slog overs.

For Sri Lanka, Kulasekara and Mathews swung the new ball. However, once the ball got older, Kulasekara looked short of ideas. Dushmantha Chameera though, impressed with raw pace and snared three wickets.

Bangladesh lost three early wickets after posting only 27 runs in five overs of the fifth encounter of the Asia Cup T20 tournament at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday.

Earlier, the hosts won the toss and elected to bat first against Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh will be looking to continue their improvement in the shortest format of the game after clinching a victory in the third match against UAE.

If the Tigers are to record their second consecutive win in the regional competition then the batsmen must stand up and be counted.


Shakib Al Hasan played the supporting role to perfection. Initially, he did struggle for timing and placement, but pinched singles and twos to rotate the strike. With their pyrotechnics, Shakib and Mahmudullah then, thumped a few sparkling shots in the slog overs.

For Sri Lanka, Kulasekara and Mathews swung the new ball. However, once the ball got older, Kulasekara looked short of ideas. Dushmantha Chameera though, impressed with raw pace and snared three wickets.

The Bangladesh batsmen so far have been unable to fire from all cylinders, having posted 121/7 and 133/8 against India and the United Arab Emirates respectively.

Senior cricketers in the shape of Shakib al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, who are usually revered for their consistency, have been a disappointment in the 14th edition and will no doubt be desperate to shine in the middle-order.

There are no such concerns with Bangladesh’s bowling, however.

The Tigers bowling attack exhibited a brilliant performance against the Emiratis, especially pacemen Mustafizur Rahman, captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza and Al Amin Hossain, who exploited the seamer-friendly Mirpur wicket and condition perfectly.

Bangladesh have never won against the Lankans in their previous four encounters in the T20 format so the home side will definitely want to change that today.

The Lankans, on the other hand, have also performed similarly like the hosts. They were below-par with the bat against the UAE, scoring 129/8, while with the leather, the islanders were scintillating.

Skipper Lasith Malinga bagged four wickets, seamer Nuwan Kulasekara picked up three while spinner Rangana Herath notched two as UAE capitulated to 115/9.

The pitch at the home of cricket will once again provide assistance to the seamers throughout the entirety of the game.

Bangladesh Squad

Mashrafe Mortaza*, Abu Hider, Al-Amin Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim†, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed

Sri Lanka Squad

SL Malinga*, AD Mathews, PVD Chameera, LD Chandimal†, N Dickwella†, TM Dilshan, HMRKB Herath, DSNFG Jayasuriya, CK Kapugedera, KMDN Kulasekara, NLTC Perera, SMSM Senanayake, MD Shanaka, TAM Siriwardana, JDF Vandersay
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