Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hasan star as Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in series opener

Mushfiqur Rahim batting masterclass followed by clinical bowling performances from Mehidy Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman was enough to help Bangladesh register a comfortable win over Sri Lanka in the opening game of the one-day series played at Dhaka on Sunday.

The day started with Bangladesh Captain Tamim Iqbal winning the toss and bat first on a decent looking surface. Liton Das perished for a duck to see Bangladesh lose their first wicket in the second over of the innings.

Coming in at no.3, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan struggled to get going in his innings and perished in 12th over to see Bangladesh lose their second wicket. Shakib scored 15 runs off 34 balls with the help of two boundaries.

Captain Tamim Iqbal and wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim came together and put on a 56-run partnership for the third wicket.

Tamim Iqbal showed excellent form with the bat at the top of the innings. Left-hander scored a crucial half-century off 70 balls with the help of six boundaries and one six.

Mohammad Mithun perished for a first-ball duck to see Bangladesh placed in a precarious position at 99 for 4 after 22.6 overs. Wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim managed to end his lean run with the bat and finished the innings with the top-score of 84 runs off 87 balls with the help of four fours and one six.

He stitched a match-winning partnership of 109 runs with Mahmudullah Riyad to push Bangladesh score beyond the 200-run mark. Mushfiqur Rahim was well supported by Mahmudullah, who chipped in with a fluent half-century with the help of two fours and one six.

All-rounder Afif Hossain and Saifuddin produced crucial cameos to help Bangladesh post 257 runs for the loss of six wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

In reply, Sri Lankan opener Danushka Gunathilaka and Captain Kusal Perera added 30 runs in the first four overs. Gunathilaka perished in the fourth over of the innings to see Sri Lanka lose their first wicket.

Kusal Perera failed to capitalize on his good start and perished in the 21st over of the innings. Left-hander scored 30 runs off 50 balls.

Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva and Ashen Bandara perished for low scores to see Sri Lanka lose their way in the chase. Despite valiant 74 runs from Wanindu Hasaranga, Sri Lanka were bundled out for 224 runs in 48.4 overs.

For Bangladesh, off-spinner Mehidy Hasan was the standout performer with the bat and claimed four wickets.Left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman claimed three wickets and conceded 34 runs in nine overs.

For his outstanding 84 runs on a tricky pitch, Mushfiqur Rahim was named player of the match.

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