Perera, Malinga star as Sri Lanka flatten Bangladesh

Kusal Perera produced a brilliant hundred followed by splendid bowling from Lasith Malinga to help Sri Lanka in registering a comfortable win against Bangladesh in the first game of the three-match series in Colombo on Friday.

The day started with Sri Lankan Captain Dimuth Karunaratne winning the toss and opting to bat first on a placid surface prepared for the game.

The home side used that opportunity to put their best batting display on show in the opening game and posted a daunting total of 314 for the loss of eight wickets in their 50 overs.

The star of the show for Sri Lanka was wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera, who scored a stunning hundred, which was his fifth in the 50-over format, and finished the innings with the highest score of 111 off just 99 balls with the help of 17 boundaries and a six.

Apart from him, opener Dimuth Karunaratne (36 off 37 balls with the help of four fours) and All-rounder Angelo Matthews who scored 48 off 52 balls with the help of three fours) also made valuable contributions for the team. Kusal Mendis also made a crucial contribution for the side in the opening game of the series. He put on a 100-run partnership with Kusal Perera to see Sri Lanka in the box seat to post a mammoth total on the board.

For India, the star of the show was the medium-pacer Shafiul Islam, who claimed figures of three for 62 in his 10 overs. He was well-supported by off- spinner Mehdy Hasan Miraaz, who claimed figures of 1 for 56.

Sri Lanka delivered a clinical performance with bat and ball to register a comprehensive win over Bangladesh in the opening game of the series

In reply, Bangladesh lost their premier opener Tamim Iqbal in the first over of the innings. Playing his final one-day game, veteran pace bowler Lasith Malinga managed to dismiss Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar in the initial Powerplay overs.

But a partnership of 111 runs between wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman momentarily provided hope for the visitors. After the departure of Rahim and Sabbir, wickets continued to tumble as Bangladesh were bowled out for 223 runs in 41.4 overs.

Rahim finished the innings with the top score of 67 off just 86 balls with the help of five fours, whereas Rahman scored 60 off 56 balls with the help of seven fours.

For Sri Lanka, Veteran Lasith Malinga was standout performer on display in his farewell and claimed figures of 3 for 38 in 9.4 overs. Nuwan Pradeep also bowled well and picked up three wickets.

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