Asia Cup 2018: Match 1 – Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka – Report
Bangladesh cruised to victory in the Asia Cup 2018 opener against Sri Lanka as they won by a margin of 137 runs. Thus, it was a fine start for the Tigers in the multi-nation tournament. Mashrafe Mortaza won the toss and decided to bat first in heat crunching conditions of Dubai. Bangladesh didn’t have the best of starts as they lost two wickets in the first over itself.
Lasith Malinga who was making a comeback to International cricket after a while, wreaked havoc as he sent back Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan. However, Sri Lanka didn’t help themselves as they were poor in the field. Sri Lanka fluffed two chances which could have further put Bangladesh on the backfoot.
However, the onus was on Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun to do the repairing work after Malinga’s early damage. The right-handed pair put together an alliance of 133 runs to rescue their team out of troubled waters. Mithun’s stay at the crease was ended by Malinga, who scalped four wickets on his International return.
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On the other hand, Rahim continued his fine knock as he scored a fine 144 off 150 balls. Rahim scored 11 boundaries and four maximums in his knock. Men in Green ended their innings on 261, thus Rahim scored more than half the runs for the team, as he also earned the Player of the match award.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal’s Asia Cup campaign ended before it began as he suffered from a blow to the wrist. The scans showed a fractured wrist and the southpaw journey in the tournament came to a disappointing end.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka could not get going in their batting innings. No batsmen got past the 30-run mark as the Island nation batting line-up collapsed like a house of cards. Thus, it was a disappointing start to Sri Lanka as their batting ghosts came to haunt them again. On the other hand, Mortaza led side got off to a fine start in the competition.