Perera stars for Lanka

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- Agence France-Presse, COLOMBO

Apr 6, 2017-

Kusal Perera struck a quick-fire half century to steer Sri Lanka to a six-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first of their two-match Twenty20 International series in Colombo on Tuesday.

Perera hit 77 off 53 balls as Sri Lanka scored 158-4 in 18.5 overs after restricting Bangla-desh to 155-6. Sri Lanka never lost their grip on the match after Perera and captain Upul Tharanga put on 65 runs in the opening stand, though a double strike by Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza slowed their progress.

Mashrafe, who announced his retirement from Twenty20 International cricket before the game, removed Tharanga (24) and took a catch off his own bowling to dismiss Dilshan Munaweera (8). Perera, who smashed nine fours and a six, was out in the penultimate over hoisting a catch to Soumya Sarkar at mid-off off Taskin Ahmed but Seekkuge Prasanna (22 not out) and Thisara Perera (four not) ended the game in the same over. Mashrafe finished with 2-32 but other Bangladeshi bowlers struggled as Sri Lanka took a 1-0 lead in the series.

Earlier, Mosaddek Hossain top-scored with 34 not out to help Bangladesh revive the innings with a 57-run sixth wicket stand with Mahmudullah after some disciplined bowling by Sri Lanka left the visitors reeling at 82-5 at one stage. Mahmudullah made 31 off 26 balls while Soumya chipped in with 29 in Bangladesh’s stop-start innings.

Bangladesh were rocked by Lasith Malinga’s second ball strike. Making a comeback in international cricket after weeks of injury lay-off, Malinga bowled opener Tamim Iqbal for a duck, though Sri Lanka could

not capitalise on the wicket of the visitors’ batting mainstay. Soumya and Sabbir Rahman put on 57 runs for the second wicket to put Bangladesh back on track before a run-out of Sabbir (16) triggered a Bangladesh collapse and choked the visitors in the middle overs.

Soumya left in the same over before quick dismissals of Mushfiqur Rahim (11) and Shakib Al Hasan (11) threatened to derail Bangladesh completely. “The way we batted in the first six overs was brilliant, but we lost too many wickets in the middle... we need to be more calculating while batting,” Mashrafe said after the match. Malinga finished with 2-38.

The second and final match of the series will be held at the same ground on April 6.


Sri Lanka 158-4 in 18.5 overs (K Perera 77, U Tharanga 24; M Mortaza 2-32, T Ahmed 1-33) beat Bangladesh 155-6 in 20 overs (M Hossain 34*, Mahmudullah 31; L Malinga 2-38, S Prasanna 1-19) by six wickets

Man-of-the-match: K Perera (SL)

Published: 06-04-2017 09:10

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