Sri Lanka President XI defends high score toppling Bangladesh by 2 runs

 . Last updated on March 23, 2017, 4:10 PM
Sri Lanka President XI defends high score toppling Bangladesh by 2 runs
Sandun Weerakkody added a crucial half century to steer Sri Lanka’s inning.


Bangladesh lost to Sri Lanka Board President’s XI by two runs chasing 355. A good strike was from Mahmudullah, who remained unbeaten at 71. He hammered the score in 68 balls steering the inning fast, but it could not help to scale up the score by the visitor. There were several other players who had half centuries in the match. On Bangladesh side, there were Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza. While, Kusal Perera, Sandun Weerakkody and Dhananjaya de Silva scored from Sri Lanka squad.

Sri Lanka President’s XI posed 354 runs for 7 wickets. The team had to face eight bowlers from Bangladesh. In the chase, Sri Lanka inflicted more damage to Bangladesh lineup. In the chase, the host was slogged in 39th over at 239 for 7. It was prior to the late partnership between Mashrafe Mortaza and Mahmudullah. They players partnered for 101 runs. Mortaza scored 58 runs in 35 balls. By the end, the equation to win reduced to 4 off the last ball, which was too much to ask from Mahmudullah. The player scored only a single surrendering to Sri Lanka. Another striker in Bangladesh’s chase was Sabbir who scored 72 runs. Mosaddek scored 53 runs while, Soumya Sarkar smashed a 43 ball 47.

Sri Lanka campaigned with strong batting stance. Kusal Mendis reached his fifty rather slow, but the rest of the batsmen did the tough job to acquire a substantial figure. Mendis was retired out at 64 off 48 balls. Another half century in the top order came up from de Silva. Earlier Upul Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella delivered a strong partnership. Third batsman down the line up, Sandun Weerakkody, added a half century. In the next inning, Akila Dananjaya took three wickets to defend the score. The match ended as a thriller for both the team. Bangladesh pulled up the chase to the last ball, which Sri Lanka denied.

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