So, Sri Lanka continue to rise, something which was missing on their part for quite a while. Since the tri-series final, they have been marching in the right direction and on the back of today's performance, they are on the cusp of taking the T20I series as well. Bangladesh had another forgetful outing. Not that they were appalling but Sri Lanka were all over them today despite a good batting show from the hosts. Can they square the series on February 18th in Sylhet? Do join us at 1700 local (1100 GMT) to find out. Until then, Adios! Cheers!
Man of the Match, Kusal Mendis is very happy to get the runs for his side. Thanks the coaching staff for helping him out. Informs he was asked to attack and consume less balls during the chase. The opener spoke in Sinhalese which was translated by Asanka Gurusinha (manager) in English.
Victorious skipper, Dinesh Chandimal starts saying they had no idea that the wicket would be this good to bat on. Admits 194 is a big total and it's tough on any wicket but appreciates his openers who provided them a solid start. Smiles and says it was a good toss to lose. Lauds Shanaka and Perera for finishing it off. Opines they don't want to underestimate Bangladesh and would look to put up a similar show in the next T20I on Sunday.
Bangladesh skipper, Mahmudullah admits they were at least 15-20 runs short which is why they lost the game. Feels his bowlers couldn't execute their lengths and opines on such surfaces, if the length isn't found, you'll always be punished. Adds they had a lot of chat regarding the no. 3 position and finally decided to hand the responsibility to Rahim. Appreciates the keeper for putting his hand up. Overall, he is pretty happy with the efforts from his batters. Calls it a tough day at the office and hopes for a good show in the last game.
After the departure of both the openers, there was a slew of wickets but Dasun Shanaka and Thisara Perera came to the fore in an emphatic manner and made sure that the required rate never swelled. Their association of 65 from just 30 balls helped them end their 8-match losing streak in this format with 20 balls to spare. The hosts' bowlers apart from Nazmul Islam were really below par. They received a massive beating as all of them were taken to the cleaners. Stick with us for the presentation...
Sri Lanka have beaten Bangladesh black and blue to achieve the highest successful run chase in Bangladesh. After getting swatted all-around the park in the first innings, Sri Lanka's openers, especially Kusal Mendis who was drafted into the side in place of Kusal Perera, did justice to his selection. He continued his form from white attire and blazed his way to a quickfire fifty off just 25 balls. He was well supported by Danushka Gunathilaka as the duo strung 53 for the opening wicket to set the tone for the chase.
Rubel Hossain to Dasun Shanaka
That's it! Sri Lanka win! Back of a length delivery outside off, Shanaka taps it in front of point and calls through. The fielder has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Sri Lanka chase down the target inside 17 overs!
Five wides! Short ball, kicking off the surface and Shanaka cannot connect his pull. Poor Rahim leaps but even he fails to stop it. It races down to the fence and the scores are level now!
Rubel Hossain to Thisara Perera
Driven through cover for a single.
FOUR! Into the gap! Drops it on a length on middle, Perera once again stays leg side and smites it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
Shortish delivery, angling in, Shanaka looks to pull but mistimes it towards mid-wicket as the bowler himself mops it up.
Wide! Slower delivery, down the leg side, DS moves inside the line to let it be.
Rubel Hossain is back into the attack. Just 13 needed now. Will SL chase it down in this over?
Afif Hossain to Thisara Perera
SIX! Poor delivery and duly punished! Drops it short on the stumps, Perera goes deep in the crease and pulls it massively over mid-wicket for a maximum. Brings up the 50-run stand as well. Sri Lanka cruising their way to go 1-0 up.
FOUR! Drops it short on middle, pulled over mid-wicket for a boundary.
Backs away and flat bats it straight down the ground. Saifuddin from long on runs to his right and makes a good stop. Two picked up.
Afif Hossain to Dasun Shanaka
Good stop! Gets down to play the reverse sweep by taking it on the full. Makes good connection but the man at short third man does well to stop it with a dive. A single taken.
Darted on the stumps, Perera swings at it but wears it on the pads. The ball rolls away towards the off side for a leg bye is taken.
Flatter ball, angling in, Thisara taps it out to the off side.
Mohammad Saifuddin is back into the attack.Actually, scratch that. Afif Hossain is handed over the ball now.