Sri Lanka trounced Bangladesh by 13 runs in first One Day International (ODI), three match series.
Thisara Perera scored an unbeaten 80 that helped Sri Lanka to secure a dramatic 13 runs win over Bangladesh in their first ODI in Dhaka on Monday to lead the series 1-0.
Batting first SL scored only 180 which seemed an easy task for Tigers to cross. But Tigers broke the heart of the millions of fans as they scored 167 losing all wickets. Tigers supporters dreamed of a wining celebration but their dream turn into nightmare when Tigers left the field with a defeat of 13 runs.
The match was delayed one hour and forty five minutes due to the rain and wet out-field. The match officials have to curtail 7-over.
Tigers bowled out Lions for a paltry 180, Sri Lanka stumbled in their starting to lose eight wickets for 67 runs by the 22nd over at Sher-e- Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpuir. Thisara Perera and Sachithra Senanayake then brought back the game under their clutches with a 82 runs partnership off 84 for the ninth wicket.
Bangladesh's decision to field first was justified when they picked -up both Lankan openers by the sixth over. The length of the Lankans innings might have been shorter if the tigers did not drop five catches.
The key holder of Lankans innings Thisara Parera was dropped twice who scored unbeaten 80 off 57 blasting four boundaries and six over boundaries. First time he dropped on 7 and second on 30. His partner Sachithra Senanayake who also dropped twice scored 30 off 48 whacking two fours and one six before bowled out by Shakib when the team total was 149. Then Perera added 31 runs with Malinga which took Sri Lanka to 180 runs .
Debutant Al-Amin and Arafat Sunny bowled well but it was Shakib who held the key, taking two wickets and the spectacular run-out of Chandimal. Rubel and Arafat sunny also grabbed two wickets while Sohag Gazi and Al-Amin picked up one wicket each.
In replay, Bangladesh lost the opener Anamul in the second ball of the innings then Shamshur and Mominul pulled back tigers in the game scoring an efficient partnership of 79. Thisara Perera broke the pair departing Mominul. Before returning to the dressing room he blasted 44 off 53 whacking 7 fours.
After that Tigers staggered as they lost two wickets in hurry. Opener Shamsur and Shakib both ran-out by Malinga/†Sangakkara. Shamsur scored 62 of 49 blasting five fours and three sixes.
Skipper Mushfiq tried hard to seal the victory but failure of the middle and lower order did not allow him to do so. He scored 27 before got out in the 38th over when Tigers were 19 runs behind from the target.
Lankan skipper Mathews grabbed three wickets, Senanayake picked-up two wickets and Lasith Malinga and Thisara Perea chipped in with one wicket apiece to skittle Bangladesh at 167 runs.
The two teams will face-off in the second ODI of three-match series on February 20 at the same venue.