Bangladesh started their ODI campaign against Sri Lanka with a hefty win facilitated with the century Tamim Iqbal and the strong knock from Shakib Al Hasan. Bangladesh won by 90 runs restricting Sri Lanka’s chase at 234. The team posed a score of 324 as a challenge for Sri Lanka in Dambulla. The host scrambled in 45.1 overs, chasing the first 300 plus score of Bangladesh in a foreign stadium. Sri Lanka also had a strike with Thisara Perera knocking a half century off 28 balls. Another half century was from Dinesh Chandimal, but the team could not scale up adequate runs. The team could play steadily only for about 15 overs, after which, Bangladesh toppled their line-up.
In Bangladesh inning, Tamim and Shakib had a long partnership stretch of 144 runs. Tamim scored 127 and Shakib had 72 runs off 71 balls. The half century from Sabbir Rahman was a huge impetus to the massive score, scoring several boundaries. Asela Gunaratne removed him in the 22nd over. Mushfiqur Rahim followed the player being bowled by Lakshan Sandakan. The partnership stretch between Tamim and Shakib followed only after the players set their grip strong over the pitch. They played at least 10 overs carefully without losing wickets. In the match Tamim achieved a rare milestone, becoming the first Bangladeshi player to aggregate 10,000 runs in international matches.
Sri Lanka had a loose bowling in the inning, where Bangladesh batsmen took a full advantage. After the partnership between Tamim and Shakib, Mosaddek Hossain and Mahmudullah plundered 25 in 13 balls, ending the inning. In the chase, Bangladesh bowlers successfully pulled over the pressure on Sri Lanka. The host lost opener Danushka Gunathilaka in the third ball of the first over. The second wicket of Kusal Mendis fell in the sixth and Tharanga was down away by the 11th over. Chandimal played for a while down the middle order, but the players could not keep with the required momentum. Sri Lanka lost 7 wickets in 171 runs, when Prerera began his plunder. However, it was not enough to haul the winning figures.
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