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Shanto scores century, guides Bangladesh to six wickets win over Sri Lanka

The home side won with 32 balls to spare despite losing three early wickets, as Shanto and Mushfiqur Rahim added 165 runs for an unbroken fithwicket stand


Skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto struck an unbeaten century to guide Bangladesh to a comfortabl­e six-wicket win in the first one-day internatio­nal of a three-match series against Sri Lanka in Chitagong on Wednesday.

Najmul hit 122 not out off 129 balls, and was ably supported by one of his predecesso­rs as captain, Mushfiqur Rahim, who was unbeaten on 73, as Bangladesh raced to 257-4 in 44.4 overs ater bowling out Sri Lanka for 255 runs.

The pair added 165 in their unbroken fithwicket stand, saving Bangladesh from a potential mid-innings collapse, coming together at 92-4.

Dilshan Madushanka took two early wickets and Pramod Madushan joined him to leave Bangladesh struggling at 23-3, in a litle over five overs.

Najmul put on 69 for the fourth wicket with Mahmudulla­h Riyad to stave off the initial danger.

Lahiru Kumara broke the partnershi­p by removing Mahmudulla­h for 37, but Najmul and Mushfiqur denied Sri Lanka further success.

Najmul cut Kumara for a boundary to reach his third ODI century off 108 balls, and finished the game with a four off Maheesh Theekshana.

“We knew that with the new ball, it’s quite hard, so I just... took a litle bit of time,” Najmul said.

“Later on, the wicket was very easy because of the dew.”

Earlier, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam claimed three wickets each to restrict the Sri Lankan batsmen.

Janith Liyanage top-scored with 67 off 69 balls, ater Kusal Mendis made 59 off 75 balls in Sri Lanka’s roller-coaster innings ater they elected to bat first.

The visitors got off to a rollicking start with openers Pathum Nissanka (36) and Avishka Fernando (33) adding 71 in less than 10 overs.

Tanzim claimed three wickets in quick succession to slow the flow of runs, finishing with 3-44.

Mendis and Charith Asalanka (18) put on 44 runs for the fourth wicket to prevent a complete collapse.

Liyanage joined Mendis ater Mehidy Hasan Miraz dismissed Asalanka.

Mendis lamented the tourists’ bating in the middle overs.

“Pathum and Avishka bated really well in the first 10 overs,” he said. “The middle order struggled a litle bit ater that. I think 280 plus would have been a beter score on this surface.”

Taskin ended the promising innings of Mendis, forcing the Sri Lankan captain to give a catch to his Bangladesh counterpar­t Najmul at mid-off.

Taskin, who finished with 3-60, dismissed Wanindu Hasaranga and Theekshana, but Liyanage ensured Sri Lanka still got to a decent score.

Shoriful (3-51) removed Liyanage, before wrapping up Sri Lanka’s innings in 48.5 overs. The visitors won the preceding T20 series 2-1. It was the first ODI between the teams since the World Cup last year in India, when Sri Lanka veteran Angelo Mathews became the first player in the 146-year history of internatio­nal cricket to be dismissed timed out.

The embers of the rivalry between the two sides were once more stoked during the T20I series when Shoriful Islam celebrated a wicket in the first game with the now infamous timeout gesture pointing at his wrist.

While the second game went off without incident, in the final T20I there were some strong words shared by Towhid Hridoy in response to a comment by a Sri Lankan player following the former’s dismissal, and then Sri Lanka fanned the flames further by posing for the series trophy with the entire team performing the timed-out gesture.

The two sides meet again on Friday, and wrap up the series on Monday.

 ?? Agence France-presse ?? Bangladesh’s Najmul Hossain Shanto celebrates after scoring a century against Sri Lanka during their first ODI match on Wednesday.
Agence France-presse Bangladesh’s Najmul Hossain Shanto celebrates after scoring a century against Sri Lanka during their first ODI match on Wednesday.

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