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Kusal Mendis Stars as Sri Lanka Crush Bangladesh

AFP | Updated: February 15, 2018, 9:26 PM IST

1st T20I: Kusal Mendis Stars as Sri Lanka Crush Bangladesh

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Dhaka: Opener Kusal Mendis scored his maiden half century in Twenty20 internationals to guide Sri Lanka’s six-wicket rout of Bangladesh within the first of the 2 matches in Dhaka on Thursday.Mendis smashed 53 off 27 balls whereas Dasun Shanaka hit an unbeaten 42 as the guests eased previous Bangladesh’s report whole of 193-5 with 20 balls to spare.

Shanaka, who hit three fours and three sixes in his 24-ball blitz, shared an unbeaten 65-run stand with Thisara Perera to snap Sri Lanka’s eight-match dropping streak in T20 matches.

Bangladesh rode on brisk half-centuries by Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim to publish their highest-ever T20 whole however had been undone by an attacking opposition batting.

Sri Lanka responded strongly with Mendis placing on 53 runs with fellow-opener Danushka Gunathilaka, who made 30, to place the Bangladesh bowlers on the backfoot.

Left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam, one of many 4 debutants in Bangladesh line up, broke the stand when he acquired Gunathilaka stumped.

Nazmul later picked the wicket of Upul Tharanga, for 4, earlier than fellow debutant Afif Hossain eliminated Mendis along with his off spin.

But Shanaka and Perera, who was unbeaten on 39 off simply 18 balls, ensured no additional hiccup within the Sri Lankan innings.

Earlier, the house facet surpassed their earlier highest rating of 190-5 towards Ireland at Belfast in 2012, due to some prolific batting by Mushfiqur and Soumya.

Mushfiqur remained unbeaten on 66 off 44 balls whereas Soumya hit a 32-ball 51 — the left-handed opener’s maiden T20 fifty — after the hosts elected to bat first.

Sri Lankan leg-spinner Jeevan Mendis claimed two wickets.

The second match of the collection will probably be held in Sylhet on Sunday.

First Published: February 15, 2018, 9:26 PM IST

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