Sri Lanka’s stand-in skipper Dinesh Chandimal hailed Mushfiqur Rahim’s knock as Bangladesh banked on him to beat the host by five wickets. Meanwhile, Rahim played one of his best knock scoring 72 off just 35 balls in a high-scoring encounter.
Batting first, Sri Lanka posted 214 courtesy Kusal Perera’s 48 balls 74. Also, Kusal Mendis supported him with a timely knock of 57 at the start. However, it proved to be short as Bangladesh chased down with two balls to spare.
A good start for Bangladesh by Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal followed by the blistering knock of 72 helped the visitors chase down the target. Rahim played some terrific shots as guided his team with the help of five fours and four sixes.
Chandimal lauded Mushfiqur’s knock:
Chandimal lauded Mushfiqur and stated that it is the best he has seen from him.
“It was a great display from Mushfiqur. It was the best knock that I have seen from him. Bangladesh played some very good cricket and handled the situation very well,” Chandimal said.
On a day when bowlers went for plenty, Akila Dhananjaya went for 12 runs in an over. Chandimal’s strategy to bowl him in the powerplay backfired as Bangladesh struck 74 for 1 in the first six overs.
“He is our No.1 bowler and is a wicket-taker. This was the reason why we got him in the first six overs. He has struggled in the last couple of games but bowled well in Bangladesh,” Chandimal added.
Worst is possibly behind us:
Bangladesh’s opening batsman Tamim Iqbal feels that his team has left behind the bad days. Meanwhile, Bangladesh won only one out of last 11 T20I matches he played. Further, he added it would be a huge morale booster for his side as they have not done this before.
“In the last couple of games, we have not been playing well. We have never done this (chasing 200) before. It gives us huge confidence. All teams are nowadays chasing 180, 200. If you start chasing those big totals, it gives the team great confidence. I hope all the bad patches that we have undergone in the last month is now behind us,” Tamim said.
Further, Tamil also lauded his teammate for an astonishing knock. Also, he mentioned that they enjoyed the snake dance which is usually done by Nazmul Hossain Apu.
Sri Lanka’s next match will be against India on March 12 while Bangladesh will take on Rohit Sharma’s side on March 14.
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