1st ODI against Lanka: Tigers fail to meet paltry target

Sachithra Senanayake is bowled during the 1st ODI between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at Mirpur on Monday.
Sachithra Senanayake is bowled during the 1st ODI between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at Mirpur on Monday.

Sports Reporter :
Sri Lanka registered a narrow 13-run victory over Bangladesh in their first One Day International (ODI) match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Monday. The game was reduced to 43-over-a-side due to rain.
Sent in to bat first, Sri Lanka made 180 off 40 overs.
In reply, Bangladesh were all out for 167 in 39.2 overs.
Bangladesh made a frustrating start losing their first wicket for naught. Then, opener Shamsur Rahman and Mominul Haque repaired the damage contributing together 79 runs in the second wicket stand before Mominul Haque was caught at the point by Tillakaratne Dilshan off Thisara Perera when the Tigers total was 79 for the loss of two wickets.
After departure of Mominul Haque, Shamsur Rahman and Mushfiqur Rahim put up together 35 runs for the third wicket partnership before Shamsur Rahman was unfortunately run out by wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara when Bangladesh’s score was 114 for the loss of three wickets.
Shamsur Rahman notched up a superb 62 from 49 balls amid three over boundaries and five boundaries. Shamsur Rahman reached his second ODI fifty-run landmark using 43 deliveries. Mominul Haque hit a polished 44 from 53 balls with seven shots across the ropes.
Mushfiqur Rahim also fought back making a patient 27 from 50 balls.
Angelo Mathews grabbed three wickets for 21 runs while Sachitra Senanayake bagged two wickets for 33 runs.
Earlier, the touring Sri Lanka faced debacle losing eight wickets for 67 runs. Then, Thisara Perera and Sachitra Senanayake helped the visitors to make a modest total.
Thisara Perera and Sachitra Senanayake put on together 82 runs in the ninth wicket stand before Senanayake was cleanly bowled out by left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan when Sri Lanka’s score was 149 for the loss of nine wickets. After dismissal of Senanayake, Thisara Perera and Lasith Malinga added 31 runs before Lasith Malinga was caught behind by wicketkeeper Anamul Haque off Shohag Gazi when the islanders’ innings came to an end.