Bangladesh need 211 runs to win the 2nd T20I against visiting Sri Lanka at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Sunday to level the two-match series.
Sent in to bat first, Sri Lanka posted a mammoth total of 210 for four in 20 overs where Kusal Mendis hit a half century of 70 off 42 balls, including six boundaries and three boundaries, and shared a 98-run partnership off 11 overs in the opening stand with Danushka Gunathilaka, reports UNB.
Soumya Sarkar made the first breakthrough for Bangladesh in the last ball of his first over as he sent off opener Danushka Gunathilaka (42 off 37b; 3x4; 2x6) who was caught by Tamim Iqbal.
Mendis was caught by debutant Mahedi Hasan off Mustafizur Rahman at 160/3 in 16.3 overs.
Kusal Mendis continued his composure in the next wicket stand with Thisara Perera (31 off 17b; 3x4; 1x6) to carry the team collection to 149/2 in 15.3 overs before debutant pacer Abu Jayed found Thisara Perera, who was caught by Soumya.
Starting after the dismissal of Mendis, Dasun Shanaka (30* off 11b; 5x4; 1x6) and Upul Tharanga (25 off 13b; 4x4; 1x6) shared a quick partnership of 45 off 3.1 overs in the 4th wicket stand before Upul Tharanga was caught by Soumya off Mohammad Saifuddin at 205/4 in 19.4 overs.
Soumya, Mustafizur, Abu Jayed and Saifuddin equally shared four wickets for 25, 39, 45 and 46 runs respectively.
Sri Lankans are leading the series 1-0 beating Bangladesh by six wickets in the first match in Dhaka on Thursday.