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Kusal Mendis shines as Sri Lanka end T20I rut



Mendis made 53 off 27 balls.

Mendis made 53 off 27 balls. © AFP

Bangladesh simply cannot have the option via to a win. Not even with their very best overall in Twenty20 Internationals at the board. Having scored a good-looking 193 for five after opting for to bat first on the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh fell prey to Sri Lanka once more in what now looks like a unending stretch of defeats, shedding the first T20I by means of 6 wickets to concede a 1-Zero lead within the two-match collection.

Danushka Gunathilaka set the run-chase into movement early with a barrage of limitations. He used to be stumped by means of Mushfiqur Rahim off the bowling of Nazmul Islam within the 5th over, giving the debutant his maiden T20I wicket however the runs did not forestall there. Gunathilaka’s co-opener, Kusal Mendis, who changed an injured Kusal Perera within the squad, laid into Bangladesh together with his maiden half-century and were given Sri Lanka into an indomitable place. On his dismissal off Afif Hossain within the 8th over, Dasun Shanaka walked in at No. four and cracked 42 off 24 balls (three fours, three sixes) to rattle Bangladesh and take Sri Lanka house.

One will have been forgiven for being somewhat dazed in the beginning of this sport. Largely because of accidents, Bangladesh fielded as many as 4 debutants in Afif Hossain, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Islam and Zakir Hasan whilst Sri Lanka passed a maiden cap to Shehan Madushanka. But that is not it. When Madushanka bowled the primary ball to his co-debutant Hasan, he had the ball flying off the shoulder of the bat over the fast 3rd guy. The Mirpur pitch undoubtedly hasn’t taken kindly to the “below average” score by means of ICC.

Bangladesh, even supposing in a loss, installed a refreshingly competitive efficiency with the bat previous. Already with out their common captain Shakib Al Hasan, the hosts had to deal with the absence of an injured Tamim Iqbal too. And they did that deftly, with Soumya Sarkar stepping up with a 32-ball 51 and actuating Bangladesh’s second-highest powerplay rating of 71 for 1 within the procedure. All that used to be undone by means of Jeevan Mendis’s first over although, the place he picked the vital wickets of Sarkar and Hossain to rejoice his first T20I sport since 2013 in taste.

Mahmudullah, the stand-in captain, and Rahim then placed on a 73-run stand however the former’s premature wicket to Isuru Udana within the 19th overtook the steam off and saved the hosts to a complete under 200, one thing that undoubtedly appeared on halfway into the innings.

Mendis used to be selected the Man of the Match for putting in the tall chase that Shanaka and Perera (39 off 18) helped polish off with 20 balls to spare. As a outcome, Sri Lanka broke out of the rut of 8 consecutive losses in T20Is.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh 193/five in 20 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 66, Soumya Sarkar 51; Jeevan Mendis 2-21) misplaced to Sri Lanka 194/four in 16.four overs (Kusal Mendis 53, Dasun Shanaka 42; Nazmul Islam 2-25) by means of 6 wickets

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