Asia Cup: Mushfiq drives Bangladesh’s defeat of Sri Lanka

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Dubai: Asia Cup’s splendid match-turning thump by former commander Mushfiqur Rahim which helped Bangladesh recoup from a troublesome position as well as pounded their rivals by a major 137 run edge to open their Asia Cup crusade in Dubai on Saturday.

The 31-year-old held one end unblemished subsequent to strolling to bat two wickets down for a unimportant one keep running in the second finished. He crushed 11 limits and four sixes to convey his group to 261 of every 49.3 overs previously he was the last man out.

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The triumph is Bangladesh’s second greatest triumph against their much experienced rivals behind their 163-run win recently.

Sri Lanka had lost a large portion of their side for a minor 60 runs and tumbled to their most reduced aggregate against Bangladesh. Their past most exceedingly awful was 147 in Dhaka nine years back.

Sri Lanka were knocked down some pins out for 124 of every 35.2 overs.

Bangladesh’s perfromance enchanted a pressed 25,000 Dubai stadium with dominant part being Bengali expats working in the UAE. They overcame a hardened 43 degree warm however got their cash’s worht and tolerance compensated with a home win.

When Mushfiq set the stage Bangladeshi bowlers knocked down some pins pestering line and length as none of the Sri Lankan batsmen could remain longer to represent any danger. Opener Upul had demonstrated some battle toward the begin duirng his 27 which had a six and four limits however wickets fell at consistent interims to frequent the Islanders.

Kusal Mendis (nothing), Kusal Perera (11), Dhananjaya de Silva (nothing) and captain Angelo Mathews (16) all fell beneath desires as Mashrafe Mortaza (2-25 ), Mustafizur Rahman (2-20) and spinner Mehidy Hasan (2-21 ) shook the five-times champions seriously.

Dilruwan Perera (29), Upul Tharanga (27) and Suranga Lakmal (20) offred some sort of obstruction yet Bangladesh never enabled any batsman to flourish.

Sri Lanka had begun the match on a positive note with reviewed paceman Lasith Malinga expelling Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan — both without scoring — off progressive conveyances in the first finished.

At 3-2 opener Tamim Iqbal needed to resign hurt subsequent to being thumped at the left wrist, leaving Mushfiq and Mohammad Mithun to repair the harm. Mithun supplemented his more renowned accomplice well, hitting five limits and two sixes in his 68-ball 63.

The combine included 131 for the third wicket and when Tamim returned at the fall of ninth wicket Mushfiq finished his 6th hundred, additionally enhancing his best ODI score of 117 he made against India at Fatullah in 2014.

Malinga completed with 4-23 in his ten overs in his first match since September a year ago, sufficiently demonstrating his aptitude and experience.

Afghanistan is the third group in aggregate B. Pakistan go up against qualifiers Hong Kong in the opening match of gathering An, in which India is the other group.

Top two groups from each pool will fit the bill for Super Four. The best groups of Super Four will play September 28th last in Dubai