Sri Lanka Board President's XI v Bangladeshis March 22, 2017

Sabbir 72, Mahmudullah 71* in Bangladesh's warm-up defeat


SL President's XI 354 for 7 (Weerakkody 67, Kusal 64) beat Bangladesh 352 for 8 (Sabbir 72, Mahmudullah 71*, Dananjaya 3-61) by two runs

Mahmudullah found some form after a string of poor performances saw his exclusion from the second Test against Sri Lanka © AFP

Mahmudullah hit an unbeaten 71 off 68 balls and strode into some form in Bangladesh's practice match against the Sri Lanka Board President's XI, but his half-century could not see the visitors through as they lost by two runs, chasing 355. Also making fifties in the high-scoring encounter were Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Kusal Perera, Sandun Weerakkody and Dhananjaya de Silva.

In pursuit of the President's XI's 354 for 7, Bangladesh's result was of little consequence: the visitors rifled through eight bowlers, and the match did not have List A status. However, a brisk half-century against bowlers who have all played for Sri Lanka may buoy Mahmudullah, who was chastened by his omission for the second Test in Colombo, hit four fours and a six. Bangladesh's chances had seemed dim at 239 for 7 in the 39th over, until Mahmudullah put on a 101-run partnership with Mashrafe Mortaza, who hit a 35-ball 58. They couldn't quite push the visitors to victory as Mahmudullah could manage just one run - needing four - off the final ball.

Setting up the chase was Sabbir, who hit 11 fours and a six in his 72 from the No. 3 position, before Mosaddek contributed 53. Soumya Sarkar had also hit a 43-ball 47 to follow his good run in the Test series.

Meanwhile, at the top of the President's XI's innings, Kusal had struck the latest in a series of uncharacteristically slow limited-over fifties. His 64 (retired out) came off 78 balls and featured only four fours. His two half-centuries for Sri Lanka A had also come at less than a run-a-ball. These three fifties came after a long slump for Kusal, during which he was dropped from the Sri Lanka side in all three formats.

Nevertheless, his fifty and de Silva's half century now creates a little competition at the top of the order, with captain Upul Tharanga, and wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella also having opened the batting for Sri Lanka over the last few months. Sandun Weerakkody, who had played in the South Africa series, but has not been chosen for the forthcoming one, also struck a fifty.

There were no eminent bowling performances for the hosts, save for Akila Dananjaya's 3 for 61.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • showka7038530 on March 24, 2017, 11:43 GMT

    Does anyone knows what's happened with the 17 years old vastly promising fast left-handed bowler and handy batsman Mehedi Hasan Rana?

  • mizanm3467586 on March 24, 2017, 7:41 GMT

    CRICINFOUSER16 ON MARCH 23, 2017, 10:30 GMT My best ODI X1 - 1.Tamim Iqbal. 2.Soumya Sarker. 3.Sabbir Rahman. 4.Mossadek Hossain. 5. Mahmudullah Riyad. 6.Shakib Al-Hasan. 7.Mushfiqur Rahim. 8.Mashrafe Mortaza. 9.Mehedi Hasan Miraj. 10Rubel hossain. 11.Mustafizur Rahman. Best of luck to BD.

  • yanbar1655695 on March 24, 2017, 5:05 GMT

    Sir, sovagot hom is going to legend player in the world. Bd team selector they are so wise, thatswhy they got this kinds of talent cricketer for our national team. Selector should get special thanks from us. Really we are so proud for our tea, selector.. He should get chance all formats in Bd team. We are really happy for our sir sovagot hom..

  • Reza on March 23, 2017, 19:34 GMT

    BD playing XI should be: 1. Tamim Iqbal, 2. Soumya Sarker, 3. Sabbir Rahman, 4. Mossadek Hossain, 5. Shakib Al-Hasan, 6. Mushfiqur Rahim, 7. Mahmudullah Riyad 8. Mashrafe Mortaza, 9. Mehedi Hasan Miraj, 10.Taskin Ahmed/Rubel and 11. Mustafizur Rahman. In case needed acceleration, Mosaddek can be pushed down the order to get Shakib/Mushi up for fire! Good luck Tigers.

  •   Titu Zaman on March 23, 2017, 19:16 GMT

    BD selectors have failed to pick the right ODI squad for NZ series. They must need to correct their mistake this time. BD need to play with 4 full time bowlers and 1 all-rounder. Do not select 8 batsman and 3 full time bowlers. Also, batting order must be similar to 2nd inning of last test for top 7 batsman. Only change - Mahmudullah should bat at number 3 position in place of Imrul.

  • Shabbir on March 23, 2017, 17:30 GMT

    This banter between some BD fans and SL fans is quite entertaining, you guys do know that this was a practice match right? This wasn't BDs international team playing, the selectors brought some players over from BD to give international type exposure. Similarly, SL brought tin young guns and old for this match. I would be worries with the bowling of Taskin and Mashrafe, they were very expensive but good to know that Mash is continuing his low order slogging. The ODIs will be ferocious, BD need to stay ahead of PAK and WI to qualify for WC2019 (cut off date September), they are also just behind SL in the oDI rankings so they have everything to play for. Thank you SL for the opportunity,

  • raihan3865733 on March 23, 2017, 16:26 GMT

    Mahmudullah has been there in both the failed run chases where we lost bvery closely(asia cup2012 n bangalore t20). Coincidence? I think he has some mental issues while facing these pressure situations

  • ksaim12543143 on March 23, 2017, 15:35 GMT

    Bangladesh selectors if u guys are listening plzzzz bring Nasir back plzz do not carry the burden of shuvo hom coz Nasir is a far better player than hom in all aspects of the game

  • Dhawala on March 23, 2017, 13:46 GMT

    SL should create seperate jersey for the boarf president xi team like Australia have for Prime minister xi May be yellow colour tshirt and a dark blue bottom will be nice match with the Servo logo

  • Sameen on March 23, 2017, 13:20 GMT

    We should sign a petition to bring Ashraful and Nasir back into team

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