Mushfiqur snatches victory for Bangladesh in Tigers' record chase against Sri Lanka

Gwen Vasquez
March 12, 2018

The 3rd match which was between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh was staged in 10th March, 2018 at Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Riding on a brilliant knock of 74 from Kusal Perera, the hosts went on to set a target of 214 for Bangladesh. If Sri Lanka are found guilty of another offence of similar nature in a T20I in the next 12 months with Chandimal as captain, he will receive between two and eight suspension points.

The wicket-keeper batsman has shown the way to utilise footwork to the Bangladesh top order and, as Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah Riyad described during the post-match presentations, the Tigers think tank knew that the Sri Lankans would open with an off-spinner in the form of Akila Dhananjaya. Sri Lanka bowled as many as 4 overs less in the stipulated time.

Mushfiqur Rahim starred with the bat, providing a stunning finish as Bangladesh chased down 215 to register a comprehensive 5-wicket win over.

A single win would quell worries, Tamim had said after the first practice session in Sri Lanka.

After an indifferent Test series against the Proteas, Dhawan found his mojo back at the start of the limited-overs leg in South Africa, which can be ascertained from his sequence of scores in the last five T20 - 55, 90, 47, 24, 72.

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However, Mushfiqur used all his experience, picking boundaries at will and not wilting under pressure as he scored an unbeaten 72 off just 35 balls.

Mushfiqur flicked the fourth delivery to mid-wicket and took a single to clinch the win.

On the bowling front, Jaydev Unadkat needs to be more consistent.

But Sri Lanka remained in the hunt by removing Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman (0), as Bangladesh required 18 runs from 1.4 overs.

As for the bowlers, medium pacers Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur and Vijay Shankar helped India restrict Bangladesh to 139/8 in the last match after being wasteful in the first match.

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