Rahim’s cen­tury helps B’desh crush Sri Lanka

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTSPORTSMAX - Press Trust of In­dia

DUBAI: Mush­fiqur Rahim’s su­perb hun­dred com­ple­mented by a col­lec­tive ef­fort from the bowlers saw Bangladesh thrash Sri Lanka by 137 runs de­spite La­sith Malinga’s bril­liant in­ter­na­tional come­back in the Asia Cup opener here on Satur­day.

Mush­fiqur scored a ca­reerbest 144 off 150 balls with 11 bound­aries and four sixes for his sixth ODI hun­dred as Bangladesh scored 261 in 49.3 overs af­ter opt­ing to bat.

Save the 131-run stand with Mo­hammed Mithun (63) for the third wicket, the for­mer skip­per didn’t get any as­sis­tance from other Bangladesh bats­men as the wily Malinga showed that he is still a force to reckon with.

Malinga, whose last ODI was against In­dia in a home se­ries in Septem­ber 2017, took 4/23 on his re­turn. Chas­ing 262 for a win, Sri Lanka suf­fered a bat­ting col­lapse with none of their bats­men show­ing in­tent to stay at the crease as they were all out for 124 in 35.2 overs. This was Sri Lanka’s low­est ODI to­tal ver­sus Bangladesh.

Ear­lier, Mush­fiqur scored the bulk of the Bangladesh runs as he and Mithun took their side out of the woods af­ter be­ing re­duced to one run for two wick­ets and opener Tamim Iqbal re­turn­ing to the pavil­lion af­ter an in­jury only to come back at the fag end of the in­nings.

Tamim’s heroic act will be re­mem­bered as he came out to bat de­spite hav­ing re­tired hurt with a frac­tured wrist. He al­lowed Mush­fiqur to have one fi­nal blast dur­ing the slog overs.

Af­ter Malinga and off-spin­ner Dhanan­jaya de Silva (2/38) had re­duced Bangladesh to 203/8, Mush­fiqur shielded no 11 Mustafizur Rah­man (10) dur­ing the 26-run stand. Once Mustafizur was out, Tamim re­moved his hand-cast and came out. The Tamim-mush­fiqur pair added an in­valu­able 32 runs in 2.4 overs.

AFP

Mush­fiqur Rahim farmed the strike and added 58 for the last two wick­ets on way to his sixth ODI cen­tury.

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