Bangladesh set Sri Lanka to chase 258 in first ODI

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23rd May, 2021 04:55:17 PM printer

Bangladesh set Sri Lanka to chase 258 in first ODI

Mahmudullah (L) and Mushfiqur Rahim in the first ODI on May 23, 2021. AFP Photo

Bangladesh scored 257 for six in their stipulated 50 overs against Sri Lanka in the opening game of the three-match one-day Internationals at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday.

Three senior batsmen Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah scored 52, 84 and 54 runs respectively.

Bangladesh were in trouble at 99-4 despite skipper Tamim Iqbal's 52 after they elected to bat in the first of the three matches in Dhaka.

Mushfiqur, who scored 84, and Mahmudullah, who made 54, then put on a key stand of 109 to thwart the Sri Lankan bowling with some attacking batting.

The ODI started on time after the news of three Sri Lankan team members -- fast bowler Isuru Udana, all-rounder Shiran Fernando and bowling coach Chaminda Vaas -- testing positive for Covid-19 cast a shadow over the game.

Udana and Vaas returned a negative result in a second test following initial positive results, but Fernando tested positive again and was put in isolation immediately.

Sri Lanka got off to a positive start once quick bowler Dushmantha Chameera dismissed opener Liton Das for nought in the second over but Tamim steadied the innings with his 51st ODI fifty.

Dhananjaya de Silva struck twice in one over to send back Tamim, and Mohammad Mithun for nought, in the 23rd over.

Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah put the innings back on track at 208-5.

Mushfiqur's 87-ball innings ended when he was caught by Udana at short third man off Lakshan Sandakan after attempting a reverse sweep.

Mahmudullah was bowled by de Silva after completing his fifty.

Number seven Afif Hossain's 22-ball 27 helped Bangladesh go past the 250-run mark.

De Silva returned impressive figures of 3-45 for Sri Lanka.

The series is important for both of the teams with the 2023 World Cup qualification in mind.

It is particularly important for Sri Lanka who was swept 3-0 in their only series of ICC ODI Super League against West Indies.

Bangladesh is in sixth position with 30 points, after beating West Indies at home by 3-0 and losing the away series against New Zealand by the same margin.

Line Ups:

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal (Captain), Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman

Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera (C), Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya De Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Dasun Shanaka, Ashen Bandara, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera and Lakshan Sandakan.