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Asia Cup 2018: Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by 137 runs

Bangladesh put up a fighting 261 on the back of Mushfiqur Rahim's 150-ball 144 and cleaned up Sri Lanka for 124 runs to win by 137 runs. 

Asia Cup 2018: Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by 137 runs
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Bangladesh started their 2018 Asia Cup campaign with a comprehensive 137-run win over Sri Lanka at the Dubai International Stadium. It was Bangladesh's biggest win in the tournament history. 

Follow the highlights from the match: 

# Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by 137 runs!

Brief score: 

*Bangladesh won by 137 runs

*Sri Lanka 124/10 in 35.2 overs (Dilruwan Perera 29, Upul Tharanga 27 / Mehidy Hasan 2/21, Mustafizur Rahman 2/20)

*Bangladesh 261/10 in 49.3 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 144, Mohammad Mithun 63 / Lasith Malinga 6/23)

# Wicket!! Shakib Al Hasan finished it off for Bangladesh. Aponso hands a comfortable catch to the substitute fielder Hossain Shanto. Sri Lanka 124/10

# Bangladesh need 1 wicket to win!

Wicket!! Mosaddek Hossain beats Dilruwan with flight and dip as the batsman gets stumped. Easy pickings for the wicketkeeper Liton Das. Sri Lanka 122/9. 

Sri Lanka 101/8 after 29 overs. 

# Wicket!! Mustafizur cleans up Lakmal with an off-cutter. Sti Lanka lose their eighth wicket as defeat looms. 

The Sri Lankan side is reeling at 70/7 and are showing no signs of winning this game. Bangladesh, on the other hand, stuck to basics and attacked right from the start of the second innings. The Bangladeshi bowlers have made most of Sri Lanka's lacklustre intent and put their side on the driver's seat. 

# Wicket!  The Islanders seem to have given up here. Thisara Perera slogs Mehidy Hasan, handing a catch to Rubel Hossain at short-thirdman. Sri Lanka 69/7.  

# Sri Lanka 63/6!

# Wicket!! Rubel Hossain brings the ball back into to trap Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews plumb on front.  

# Thisara Perera is in at number seven. 

Wicket!! Shanaka, who was halfway down the pitch, gets run-out after a horrible call by skipper Angelo Mathews. Shanaka departs for 7 off 22 balls. 

# Dasun Shanaka is in at number six. 

# Wicket!!  Mehidy Hasan deceives Kusal Perera with flight and turn to trap him plumb on the front pad. Sri Lanka reeling at 38/4. 

# Skipper Angelo Mathews is in at number five. 

# Wicket!! Mortaza strikes again! He keeps it straight and traps Dhananjaya on the front. Dhananjaya departs for a duck. Sri Lanka 32/3!  

# Dhananjaya de Silva is in at number four. 

# Sri Lanka 28/2 after 3 overs. 

Wicket!! Mortaza angles the ball into Tharanga, who drags an edge into his stumps. Sri Lanka lose their second-wicket as Tharanga departs for 4 runs. 

#Wicket!! Mustafizur strikes early as he traps Kudal Mendis plumb on front. Sri Lanka 22/1. 

# Upul Tharanga and Kusal Mendis open the innings for Bangladesh!

Just when Sri Lanka looked like restricting Bangladesh to a low-score, Mushfiqur Rahim stepped up to propel his side to a competitive total of 261 runs. Rahim smashed his 6th ODI century, 144 off 150 balls. He hit 11 fours and 4 sixes at an impressive strike rate of 96.00. 

Innings break! 

# Bangladesh 261/10 in 49.3 overs. 

# Wicket!! Mushfiqur Rahim's outstanding knock comes to an end. He attempts to clear Thisara Perera's fuller ball but gets caught by Kusal Mendis at long-on. 

Mushfiqur Rahim is playing the innings of his life, he has added 26 runs with Mustafizur and 20* with Tamim Iqbal to steer his side to a competitive score. Tamim Iqbal, by resuming his innings, has allowed Rahim to score freely in the end. 


# Tamim Iqbal, with a cast on his left hand, comes in to resume his innings. 

# Wicket!! Mustafizur gets run out after he is sent back by Rahim. Bangladesh 229/9!

# Century!! Mushfiqur Rahim brings up his 6th ODI century. 

# Bangladesh 203/8!

# Wicket!! Dhananjaya de Silva traps Rubel Hossain plumb on the front. Bangladesh are 8 down now. 



# Rubel Hossain is in at number 10. 

Bangladesh 195/7

# Wicket!! Bangladesh skipper throws his wicket away. Mortaza attempts to slog Dhananjaya de Silva and hands a catch to Tharanga at point. Bangladesh lose their 7th wicket. 

# Mashrafe Mortaza is in at number nine. 

# Bangladesh 175/6 after 34 overs. 

# Wicket!! Lakmal bowls a full-length delivery and Hasan hits it back towards the bowler, who takes a sharp low catch in his follow-through. Bangladesh in trouble now. 

# Huge setback for Bangladesh as Tamim Iqbal is reportedly ruled out of the tournament. Iqbal had retired hurt after fracturing his left wrist at the start of this match. 

# Mehidy Hasan is in at number eight.

# Wicket! Malinga on fire! He traps Hossain with a slower ball down the leg side. Hossain ends up edging the ball to wicketkeeper Kusal Perera. Malinga takes his fourth wicket. Hossain departs for 1 run. Bangladesh 142/5 after 28 overs. 

# Mosaddek Hossain is in at number seven. 

# Wicket!! Amila Aponso bowls a tight line and tempts Mahmudullah to chip over the 30-yard circle but miscues the shot as Dhananjaya de Silva takes a stunning running catch. Bangladesh 136/4. 

# Mahmudullah is in at number six. 

# Wicket! Malinga delivers. He pitches it up as Mohammad Mithun skies the ball in an attempt to clear the straight boundary but hands a catch to keeper Kusal Perera. Mithun departs for a 68-ball 63. Bangladesh 134/3!

# Bangladesh's Mithun and Rahim have soaked all the pressure after reeling at 1/2 in the first over. They have eased past the Sri Lankan bowlers to stitch a 108-run partnership at a healthy strike rate. Mushfiqur Rahim too brings up his half-century in 67 balls. Bangladesh 113/2 after 22 overs. 

# Half-century! Mohammad Mithun brings up his maiden ODI half-century. 

Mohammad Mithun and Rahim have stepped up and started to accelerate. Mithun hammered Dilruwan Perera's 15th over for 14 runs. Both the batsmen are rotating the strike at a decent rate. Bangladesh 70/2 after 16 overs. 

# Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun have their task cut out. Bangladesh desperately need to build a small partnership here. They are two wickets down for 20 runs and Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews will look to restrict the opposition for a low score. Bangladesh 22/9 after 9 overs. 

# What a remarkable start for Malinga, who last played an ODI in October 2017. Malinga is moving the ball well and is not allowing the batsmen to settle down with his odd short-ball. 

# Mushfiqur Rahim is in at number four. 

# Bangladesh 1/2 after one over. 

# Wicket!! Dream start for Malinga! He welcomes  Shakib Al Hasan with a toe-crusher to rattle his stumps. Sri Lanka are off to a great start. Bangladesh lose 2 in 2. 

# Shakib Al Hasan is in at number three. 

# Wicket! Lasith Malinga strikes! Malinga swings it late as Liton Das drops his shoulders to edge a catch to Kusal Mendis at first-slip. Liton Das departs for a duck. Bangladesh 1/1 in 0.5 overs. 



Playing XI: 

Sri Lanka:  Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera(w), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews(c), Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Amila Aponso, Dilruwan Perera. 

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedi Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza wins the toss and opts to bat 

The wicket has hardly any shade of grass and is purely a batsman’s pitch. The flat track, however, will assist reverse-swing with the old ball. 

After two major injury setbacks - Danushka Gunathilaka and Dinesh Chandimal - Sri Lanka enter the tournament low on confidence. The Islanders rely heavily on seasoned stars Lasith Malinga, former skipper Angelo Mathews and the hard-hitting Thisara Perera to come good against Bangladesh. 

The Lankans - on the back of a horrible One-Day International season - will fancy an improvement in their ODI rankings. Bangladesh, on the other hand, are a dangerous side and have upset the Sri Lankan outfit in the past. World No.1 all-rounder in ODIs Shakib Al Hasan could prove to be the vital cog between the two sides. Bangladesh, however, have often let matches slip away from being on the driver's seat. Their inability to finish is their biggest weakness. 


Sri Lanka:  Angelo Mathews(c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya.

Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider Rony, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque.