Opening batsman Kusal Perera struck a swashbuckling half-century, as Sri Lanka achieved a comfortable six-wicket victory over Bangladesh - in Tuesday's first Twenty20 global at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Kusal Perera struck 77 off 53 balls as Sri Lanka reached 158-4 in 18.5 overs after restricting Bangladesh to 155-6 at R. Premadasa Stadium. He will play his last T20I match against Sri Lanka on April 6 in Colombo. Amongst Bangladeshi bowlers, only Mashrafe Mortaza got two wickets for 32 runs in his four overs.
Sri Lanka then quickly set about their target with Perera and skipper Upul Tharanga (24 off 23) sharing in a 65-run opening stand inside the opening seven overs. With 7 wickets in hand, Bangladesh never really had a chance from there.
The visiting side's total, in fact, would have been substantially less - had the gritty Mosaddek Hossain and all-rounder Mohammad Mahmudullah not weighed in with a determined 34 not out and 31, respectively.
Making a comeback in worldwide cricket after weeks of injury lay-off, Malinga bowled opener Tamim Iqbal for a duck, though Sri Lanka could not capitalise on the start.
Watch highlights of the third ODI, a 70-run Sri Lanka victory, in the video below. As far as the Sri Lankan bowlers are concerned, Lasith Malinga picked up 2 wickets, while Vikum Sanjaya, Gunaratne and Prasanna picked up a wicket apiece.
The two teams meet again in the second and final T20I in Colombo on Thursday.
Tharanga was sent back to the pavillion by his Bangladesh counterpart Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, who had announced his retirement from T20 internationals on his Facebook page just before the match. From there, Bangladesh will head to England to play the Champions Trophy in June.
On the other hand, Bangladesh, under Mashrafe Mortaza, have a settled playing XI as not many drastic changes to the team that featured in the ODIs can be expected.
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