It turned out to be a one-sided affair as Bangladesh showcased excellent skills with bat and ball to win the first game of the one day series against Sri Lanka played at Dambulla. The win was setup by a scintillating hundred produced by opener Tamim Iqbal who was well supported by Sabbir Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan to see the side post 325 runs from 50 overs.
Bangladesh bowling was spot-on with their line and lengths as they bundled out Sri Lanka for 234 runs in the 45th over of the innings to win the game by 90 runs and take 1-0 lead in the bilateral odi series. Bangladesh also posted their first-ever score of over 300 runs away from home against a top side like Sri Lanka. Mashrafe Mortaza was excellent with his tactics on the field as he did not allowed home side to have any chance of staging a comeback in the game. Dinesh Chandimal and Thisara Perera stood out with half centuries while the rest of the lineup gave their wickets to see hosts lose the first game.
Sri Lanka lost Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis early in the chase as the side were in all sort of trouble. Dinesh Chandimal led the way to rebuild the innings with Asela Gunaratne to add 54 runs. Gunaratne gave his wicket away as he had done all the hard work with Chandimal to form a crucial stand. Chandimal notched up his half century and soon perished as he tried to go for big runs as the asking rate kept climbing as the game progressed in the later stages of the innings. Thisara played well for his fifty but in the end it was all in vain as Bangladesh completed a comfortable win and now lead the series as the second game will be played at Dambulla on 28th March.