Mendis, Shanaka, Thisara inspire Sri Lankan win

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Untitled-3Kusal Mendis made the most of his recall to the T20 team scoring a quick-fire half-century that set the tone for Sri Lanka to complete their highest ever run chase in the format, in the first of two T20Is against Bangladesh which the tourists won by six wickets in Mirpur yesterday . 


Unbeaten contributions also came from Dasun Shanaka (42) and Thisara Perera (39), who saw Sri Lanka over the 194-target, with opener Danushka Gunathilaka also scoring 30 runs in 15 balls. 


Mendis and Gunathilaka helped Sri Lanka race to 53 runs in the fifth over, before the latter was stumped by Mushfiqur Rahim off the bowling off Nazmul Islam in the penultimate ball of that over. 


Mendis then scored 32 of Sri Lanka’s next 37 runs, surging past the half-century mark in just 25 balls, before he was caught by Soumya Sarkar off Afif Hossain’s bowling for 53.


Upul Tharanga was caught in the deep two runs later, but Shanaka continued from where Mendis left off, doing the bulk of the scoring in his 37-run fourth wicket partnership with Niroshan Dickwella. 


Dickwella struck two boundaries but couldn’t find his feet, caught at fine leg for 11, before three sixes and four boundaries from Thisara Perera took Sri Lanka to victory. 

 

Unbeaten contributions also came from Dasun Shanaka (42) and Thisara Perera (39), who saw Sri Lanka over the 194-target


CITY-DM-24Shanka himself scored three sixes and three boundaries in his 24-ball knock.


Earlier, Mushfiqur Rahim and Soumya Sarkar smashed half-centuries as Bangladesh posted a record 193 for five.


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


Bangladesh surpassed their previous highest T20 score of 190-5 against Ireland at Belfast in 2012.


Sri Lankan leg-spinner Jeevan Mendis claimed two wickets. 


(Agencies)

 

 

 

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