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18 July, 2018 01:52:46 AM

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Bangladesh A win a thriller

Sri Lanka a lose first one-day match by two runs
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Bangladesh A win a thriller
Bangladesh team players return to the dressing room after winning the first one-day match against Sri Lanka A team by two-run at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet yesterday. BCB Photo

Bangladesh ‘A’ team powered past their Sri Lankan counterparts by a wafer-thin margin of two runs in the hard-contested opening fixture of the unofficial one-day series at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS) in Sylhet yesterday.

The next match of the three-match series will be played at the same venue on Thursday (July 19).

Asked to bat first, Bangladesh second string team managed to put on a comprehensive 280 for seven in 50 overs after which Sri Lanka were shot out for 278 to run down the target.

After losing Soumya Sarkar (24) and Zakir Hasan (18), opener Mizanur Rahman clouted a useful 43 with Fazle Mahmud for the third wicket partnership before the exit of Mizanur, who made 67 off 107 with three sixes and four fours.

Together with wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Mithun, Fazle Mahmud hit an invaluable 95 for the fourth-wicket stand that gave a solid foundation for Bangladesh. Although Mithun missed his fifty for four runs, Fazle Mahmud completed his half-century having run-out.

Mahmud clobbered two sixes and as many fours in his a-run-a-ball 44.

Later, Ariful Haque’s quick-fire of 22-ball 47 that provided a comprehensive total for fighting on the scoresheet. Haque innings was littered with four sixes along with three boundaries.

Chasing the target of 281 runs to win, the visiting Sri Lanka A Team mislaid Sadeera Samarawickrama and Upul Tharanga cheaply. Lahiru Thirimanne attempted to handle the initial fuss with Shehan Jayasuriya but Ariful Haque’s electrifying fielding spoiled their efforts as he sent back them in the space of eight runs while Sri Lanka were stuttering at 72 for four in 18.1 overs.

Dasun Shanaka played a rescue role as he struck 84 runs with Ashan Priyanjan, who fell for 42, for the fifth-wicket and another 45 with captain Thisara Perera, who got out for 22, for the sixth-wicket.

Dasun Shanka top-scored for Sri Lanka with a run-a-ball 78 that emblazoned with half-a-dozen sixes and two fours.

Shammu Ashan (28) and Shehan Madushanka (21) efforts were not enough to slot the team home. As a result, they lost the match by wafer-thin despite K Peiris’s a-run-a- ball-11 to the last.

Fast-bowler Khaled Ahmed picked up four wickets, Shoriful Islam grabbed three, while Ariful Haque claimed two wickets for the home side.

Ariful Haque was named player-of-the-match for his all-round performance.

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