Sri Lanka race to highest T20I score to beat Bangladesh by six wickets

Bangladesh's highest Twenty20 total didn't matter as Sri Lanka chased it down with 20 balls to spare to win the opener of the two-match series on Thursday.

By: AP | Updated: February 16, 2018 12:32:19 am

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, Ban vs SL, SL vs Ban 1st T20I, sports news, cricket, Indian Express Sri Lanka has taken the one-day international and test series, and needs one more win in its last tour match on Sunday to sweep up all three formats. (Source: AP)

Bangladesh’s highest Twenty20 total didn’t matter as Sri Lanka chased it down with 20 balls to spare to win the opener of the two-match series on Thursday.

After Bangladesh made 193-5, Sri Lanka raced to the win with 194-4, spearheaded by opener Kusal Mendis’ maiden half-century, a 27-ball 53.

Sri Lanka has taken the one-day international and test series, and needs one more win in its last tour match on Sunday to sweep up all three formats.

Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka shared a 53-run opening stand. After Mendis fell at 90-2, Dasun Shanaka and Thisara Perera combined for 65 off 30 balls in an undefeated fifth-wicket stand.

Shanaka was unbeaten on 42 off 24, and Perera was on 39 off 18.

Left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam took 22-5 on his T20 debut for Bangladesh.

Earlier, Mushfiqur Rahim hit a career-best 66 not out in T20s to help Bangladesh post a respectable total.

Also, opener Soumya Sarkar scored 51, his maiden half-century.

Sarkar’s attacking approach kept the scoreboard soaring, with Bangladesh bringing up its 100 in 10 overs.

Legspinner Jeevan Mendis, with 2-21, stalled Bangladesh’s progress but Mushfiqur and captain Mahmudullah shared 73 runs for the fourth wicket to keep the side on track.

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