That's it from us. This emphatic win sees Bangladesh take a vital lead in the series. The next game is extremely important for both teams for different reasons. It takes place at the same venue on 28th March at 1430 local time (0900 GMT). Do join us for it. Till then, it's goodbye!
Bangladeshi skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza says that it is very important to start a 3-match ODI series with a victory. States that they played the perfect game today and it is tough to lose after playing so well. Applauds his senior players for stepping up. Adds that they have the perfect mix of experience and youngsters in the team. Applauds Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman for their batting. Praises Mosaddek Hossain and Mahmudullah for their brilliant cameos in the end as well.
Sri Lankan skipper, Upul Tharanga thinks now he should have batted first. States they controlled the game well in the middle with the ball and were good in the field as well but gave away 30-40 runs extra towards the end. Adds chasing big totals, it is essential somebody bats through and gets a big score. Ends by saying he will talk with his team about all these things and try to do better in the next game.
Man of the Match, Tamim Iqbal says that he is not impressed with his conversion rate. Adds that he wants to improve his average and also help his team. Opines that Sri Lanka were bowling well at times but he got support from Shakib in the middle overs when required. Ends by saying that 300 was always on their mind and it was the heat which made life even difficult for him towards the end.
Sri Lanka were absolutely toothless today, both with bat and ball. They were taken for runs earlier in the day by the Tigers to all parts of the park and now, fell prey to some good bowling. Winning the toss never really worked in their favour. Barring Dinesh Chandimal and Thisara Perera, nobody really put up a fight for them. Losing early wickets and then nobody really holding one end proved to be their undoing in today's game. It'll be something they'll especially want to look at for the upcoming games.
One of the most comfortable wins Bangladesh will ever enforce on anybody. It's a testament to their hard work that they've done it on their opposition's soil. They put up a massive score on the board first courtesy a sublime ton from Tamim Iqbal and a couple of fifties from Sabbir Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan. Setting a target of 325, they continued that good work with the ball and cleaned Sri Lanka up for less than 250. Almost all the bowlers chipped in with the wickets and that will please skipper Mashrafe Mortaza more than anything else.
Mustafizur Rahman to Thisara Perera
OUT! Mustafizur gets the last wicket! Fuller delivery in the line of the stumps, Perera stays in his crease and attempts for a biggie. He miscues his hit and the ball goes high in the air behind the bowler's head. The long off fielder, Mahmudullah covers some distance and takes a really fine catch to seal the deal for the visitors. BANGLADESH WIN BY 90 RUNS AND TAKE A 1-0 LEAD IN THE SERIES.
Mustafizur Rahman is back into the attack.
Taskin Ahmed to Lahiru Kumara
Full and straight, on off, blocked with an absolutely straight blade to end the over.
Moving away on a shortish length, from around off, Kumara just about manages to sway away from the line.
Spears in a full delivery, well outside off, left alone.
Short one banged in hard on middle and leg, Lahiru Kumara ducks and lets it sail over him.
Taskin Ahmed to Thisara Perera
Low full toss wide outside off, Perera carves this away hard. It's straight to the sweeper cover fielder and one run is taken.
Fires it full and well outside off, Thisara doesn't bother himself with it.
Taskin Ahmed is back into the attack.
Mehidy Hasan to Thisara Perera
Low full toss on middle and leg, Perera flicks it away towards the mid-wicket area for a single.
Lahiru Kumara is the last man in.
Mehidy Hasan to Lakshan Sandakan
OUT! Direct hit has once again done the trick. Lovely work in the field from Mustafizur. Flat on middle, Sandakan goes back and clips it down to Mustafizur at short fine leg. He takes the ball, gets a direct hit at the bowler's end seeing the batsmen take off for the run. It goes upstairs and replays show that Lakshan is short of his crease. Down to the last wicket now.
The umpire has gone upstairs to check a run out appeal against Lakshan Sandakan. It seems pretty close.
Loopy and full around off, Perera goes for the reverse sweep and ends up scooping it over the keeper's head towards short third man for a run.