DHAKA - Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, and Al-Amin Hossain combined to strangle Sri Lanka’s chase as Bangladesh won by a comfortable 23 runs here Sunday. Sri Lanka got off to a good start in their chase of 148, with new opener Dinesh Chandimal and Tillakaratne Dilshan putting on 20 in three overs. The out-of-form Dilshan hit a couple of sizzling boundaries but fell to a terrific catch from Soumya Sarkar in Shakib Al Hasan’s first over. Sarkar made amends with the catch after previously dropping Chandimal in Taskin Ahmed’s first over. Dilshan had scored 12 off 9 balls.

Shehan Jayasuriya came in to bat at No. 3, and put on a well-paced 56 with Chandimal. For as long as Jayasuriya and Chandimal were in the middle Sri Lanka were in complete control of the chase. However, from 76 for 1 in 11 overs Sri Lanka crashed to 92 for 5 in 15 overs. Chandimal was the first to go, top-edging a reverse sweep off Mahmudullah to Taskin Ahmed in the deep. Jayasuriya was out in the next over, stumped off a wide ball from Shakib Al Hasan. Bangladesh were charged up now, and the fielding reflected their confidence.

Thisara Perera, promoted up to No. 5, scored only 4 off 6 balls before getting out LBW to Mustafizur. Milinda Siriwardana then hit Mortaza to Sabbir Rahman in the deep for 3 off 4 balls which left Sri Lanka precariously placed at 92 for 5 with Angelo Mathews and Dasun Shanaka in the middle. Unfortunately for Sri Lanka there was to be no miracle innigns from their captian Mathews. He was out for 12 off 20 balls, a snail’s innings in the context of the match. He hit Al-Amin Hossain to Shakib, who took a superb catch running back. Mustafizur proved to be impossible to score off, and he was backed up well by the rest of the Bangladesh bowlers. In the end, Bangladesh never eased off their vice grip and Sri Lanka fell by the wayside. Earlier, Sabbir Rahman scored a tremendous 80 off 54 balls to lead Bangladesh to a challenging 147 for 7 against Sri Lanka . Angelo Mathews, captaining Sri Lanka in Lasith Malinga’s absence, opened bowling as well and struck with his second delivery.

Mohammad Mithun, who scored a good 47 in Bangladesh’s last match against UAE, was trapped LBW for a two-ball duck. Sabbir walked in at No. 3 but soon saw the back of Soumya Sarkar, who hit one from Nuwan Kulasekara to Mathews for a 3-ball duck. Bangladesh were 2 for 2 at this point.

Bangladesh were 6 for 2 at the end of the third over when Sabbir first showed a sign of things to come. He whacked Kulasekara for four, six, four, and four off the first four deliveries of the next over as Bangladesh suddenly gained momentum out of nowhere. It was short-lived though, as Mushfiqur Rahim was soon run out following a terrible mix-up with Sabbir. Bangladesh were now 26 for 3 at the stroke of the sixth over.

Shakib Al Hasan came in at No. 5, and Sabbir finally found a partner to give him some company. Sabbir did not allow Mushfiqur’s dismissal to affect him, hitting Thisara Perera for three consecutive boundaries in the very next over. The introduction of Shehan Jayasuriya and Rangana Herath slowed down the scoring rate, as Bangladesh managed only 26 runs off the next six overs. Sabbir then targetted Jayasuriya in the 13th over. hitting a six to bring up his half-century and following it up with two boundaries all off consecutive deliveries.

Chameera finally brought an end to Sabbir’s innings for a tremendous 54-ball 80, but not before he hit 10 fours and 3 sixes. Sabbir’s dominance was so complete, he scored 80 off the 107 runs scored while he was in the middle. Shakib was soon out, top-edging an attempted pull after being done in by Dushmantha Chameera’s pace. He was out for 32 off 34 balls, a largely second-fiddle innings. Nurul Hossain was out for 2 off 5 balls, but Mahmudullah came in and scored some vital runs at the death as Bangladesh finished off with a defendable score.

Scoreboard

BANGLADESH:

M Mithun lbw b Mathews 0

Soumya Sarkar c Mathews b Kulasekara 0

Sabbir Rahman c Jayasuriya b Chameera 80

Mushfiqur Rahim run out 4

Shakib Al Hasan c Chandimal b Chameera 32

Mahmudullah not out 23

Nurul Hasan c Mathews b Chameera 2

Mashrafe Mortaza run out 2

EXTRAS: (b1, w2, nb1) 4

TOTAL: (7 wkts; 20 overs) 147

FOW: 1-0, 2-2, 3-26, 4-108, 5-123, 6-140, 7-147

BOWLING: Mathews 3-0-8-1, Kulasekara 4-0-44-1, Perera 1-0-14-0, Jayasuriya 3-0-21-0, Herath 4-0-24-0, Dilshan 1-0-5-0, Chameera 4-0-30-3

SRI LANKA :

D Chandimal c Taskin b Mahmudullah 37

T Dilshan c Soumya b Shakib 12

S Jayasuriya st Nurul b Shakib 26

A Mathews c Shakib b Al-Amin 12

T Perera lbw b Mustafizur 4

M Siriwardana c Sabbir b Mashrafe 3

D Shanaka c Mushfiqur b Al-Amin 14

C Kapugedera not out 12

N Kulasekara c Soumya b Al-Amin 0

D Chameera not out 1

EXTRAS: (w3) 3

TOTAL: (8 wkts; 20 overs) 124

FOW: 1-20, 2-76, 3-78, 4-85, 5-92, 6-102, 7-116, 8-117

BOWLING: Taskin Ahmed 3-0-19-0, Al-Amin Hossain 4-0-34-3, Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-21-2, Mustafizur Rahman 4-0-19-1, Mashrafe Mortaza 3-0-17-1, Mahmudullah 2-0-14-1

TOSS: Bangladesh

UMPIRES: AK Chaudhary (Ind), Shozab Raza (Pak)

TV UMPIRE: Anisur Rahman

MATCH REFEREE: J Crowe (NZ)