Bangladesh put Sri Lanka bowlers on backfoot

Former captain Mushfiqur Rahim and opener Tamim Iqbal have added to Bangladesh's injury woes ahead of its first Twenty20 global against Sri Lanka in Dhaka on Thursday.

Despite Sri Lanka managed late wickets of Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman (1), Rahim's brilliance meant, Bangladesh went on to post a formidable total of 193 for five in the 20 overs. Sri Lanka started the tour with a loss against Zimbabwe before progressing to the final of the tri-series and eventually winning it.

The right-arm off-break bowler, who picked up 10 wickets from two Tests, has quite a lot of variations, which will come in handy in the shortest format. Perera will now be replaced by Kusal Mendis for the brief series.

Mendis was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his 53 off just 27 balls, studded with eight fours and two sixes. They are already without their captain Shakib Al Hasan - and Mahmudullah has been appointed as the stand-in skipper - while they are also sweating over the fitness of Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim. After winning the toss at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium, Bangladesh chose to bat first and it proved to be the right decision for the team.

Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Shehan Madushanka, Jeffrey Vandersay, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Jeevan Mendis and Asitha Fernando.

Vanessa Coleman

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