Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Dambulla March 25, 2017

Tamim, Shakib demolish Sri Lanka


Bangladesh 324 for 5 (Tamim 127, Shakib 72, Sabbir 54, Lakmal 2-45) beat Sri Lanka 234 (Chandimal 59, Thisara 55, Mustafizur 3-56) by 90 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Tamim Iqbal nearly batted through the innings in constructing his eighth ODI century © AFP

Bangladesh carried forward the momentum from their historic win in their 100th Test by making a rousing start to the three-match ODI series in Dambulla. Tamim Iqbal, with his eighth hundred, and Shakib Al Hasan fashioned their formidable score of 324 for 5 before a combined effort from the bowlers and fielders shut Sri Lanka out for 234 in 45.1 overs.

This was the first time Bangladesh had posted a 300-plus total away from home against a higher-ranked team, one that helped them cruise towards a win for most parts. Thisara Perera, coming in at No. 8, decided to upset them temporarily with a fifty off just 28 balls just when victory looked a foregone conclusion for the visitors. But the escalating asking rate resulted in big shots from the other batsmen, which eventually led to their downfall.

Bangladesh broke down their strategy into fine segments to not allow Sri Lanka even a whiff of an opportunity; not even when Dinesh Chandimal fought through to make a half-century and try set up a late surge. They needed someone, like Tamim, to bat through the innings, but kept losing wickets on the face of some disciplined bowling. The stranglehold was well and truly on 15 overs into the chase.

That Bangladesh could apply scorecard pressure was thanks to the 144-run stand between Tamim, the match's top-scorer with 127, and Shakib, who made a fire-and-ice 71-ball 72. Sabbir Rahman's half-century was equally important as it helped drive Bangladesh after the early loss of Soumya Sarkar.

He struck 10 fours before Upul Tharanga intercepted his powerful drive off Asela Gunaratne, in the 22nd over, to give Sri Lanka a reprieve. They had another strike when Mushfiqur Rahim was caught and bowled by Lakshan Sandakan in the next over. But Tamim and Shakib batted sensibly by only hitting boundaries when they were absolutely sure. During the course of his innings, Tamim became the first Bangladeshi to cross 10,000 international runs.

For a long time, Sri Lanka saw these two experienced batsmen restraining themselves until the last 10 overs. Of course poor fielding didn't help their cause. After their dismissals, Mosaddek Hossain and Mahmudullah hammered 35 off 2.1 overs to finish with a flourish. Sri Lanka were further compounded by an injury to Suranga Lakmal right at the end which meant he couldn't complete his full quota.

Momentum remained with Bangladesh as Mashrafe Mortaza removed Danushka Gunathilaka off the third ball of the chase. Kusal Mendis fell to a miscued slog in the sixth over before Taskin Ahmed had Tharanga toe-end a pull to mid-on in the 11th over. Chandimal and Asela Gunaratne added 54 for the fourth wicket before the latter reverse swept a low catch to Mosaddek at point. By then, the asking rate had mounted over seven an over.

Chandimal reached his fifty off 62 balls and looked like the only batsman who comprehended the need of the hour. But in an attempt to up the run-rate, he top edged a sweep to Soumya at short fine-leg after making 59. It was the second wicket for debutant Mehedi Hasan, who had earlier picked up Mendis. Soon after the required run-rate crossed the 10-mark, Milinda Siriwardana struck Mustafizur for a straight six, the first of Sri Lanka's innings, but fell off the next delivery to a diving effort by Shuvagata Hom, substituting for Tamim, at deep square leg for 22.

Mashrafe, returning to his second spell, had a wicket off the first ball when Sachith Pathirana skied one to Mahmudullah at mid-off for 31. With Sri Lanka on 171 for 7, the game was all but over. Thisara though decided to play the way he knows and struck a belligerent half-century, his first in over two years, to keep Bangladesh on their toes. But on the night, Bangladesh's bowlers and fielders were too sharp for Sri Lanka.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • manzur6073516 on March 31, 2017, 20:14 GMT

    If BD team can give70% effort they will win 3rd odi

  • cpur on March 28, 2017, 5:48 GMT

    Today is the d day. Bd shall shows whatever the achieved and skilled last two years..... shall be a very exciting game.

  • ahmeda5108759 on March 27, 2017, 20:22 GMT

    @HAGGAN.PAAD,you can't judge the current BD team by their previous records.You have to judge them from their recent records.Yes,you can say that BD definintely has room for improvments,such as their batting collapses.But you can't say that BD hasn't improved,playing good cricket for 2 years can't be a flash in the pan.The biggest problem of the BD team is that they are very fragile,most of the time they crack under the pressure,but they are getting better and better in this section also.Tamim and Shakib's patient but vital innings proved that.May be BD has not become a world class cricket team,but they are well on their way for glory.CHEERS!!!

  • sdas132310417 on March 27, 2017, 20:11 GMT

    Dhutugemunu, Cool down bro. Every basket has some rotten apples. Sometimes this rotten apples are not home grown, and supplied by the sweet neighbors. SL cricket team is the most loved foreign team in BD. Good Luck to both teams.

  • cpur on March 27, 2017, 18:26 GMT

    Bangladesh won't spare any chances of their coming games , the whole squad is ready to give their 200% .......,,, ........ ।

  • Amila on March 27, 2017, 18:03 GMT

    @ CRICFAN75925104; First of all I have not seen animals play cricket. Lions, Tigers, Cats, Mouse, etc are animals FYI. What I have seen recently is BD Cricket team consisted of humans defeated SL Cricket team consisted of humans.

    Further I was talking about "some" Ally Cat fans, who started to chose retired SL Cricketers for 2nd ODI. If you fall in to that category, feel free. If you need respect you should show respect for others.

  • Mahmood on March 27, 2017, 17:50 GMT

    Good win against SL. Beside the 3 pillars in the team, BD's got 4 more match winners waiting in the wings to be considered as pillers.... Fizz, Shabbir, Mehdi and Mosaddek. All 4 reads the game really well and they are capable of adjusting themselves according to what the situation demands (a rare quality). Its a healthy back up to have to protect themselves from collapse. Then you've got Mahmudullah and don't forget the boss. By the time the next world cup is due, you can bet that our boss will be a better batsman than a bowler. Hathurasingha must see to it that Mash's got all the basics right as a batsman. It's crucial that Mash gets better as a batsman. This may be his last shot at glory. Ashraful is due for a comeback. Never ever discount him. With all his experience and maturity in the bag, he could be the most lethal addition in the line up but he has serious contenders to compete with before he makes his inclusion a permanent one. I for one haven't given up on him as of yet.

  •   JRayhan on March 27, 2017, 15:08 GMT

    @HAGGAN.PAAD [ bangla your name stands for Shit Fart..lmao] ok..looking at your amazing name, i can say you are most likely an Indian. How was the defeat by Australia few days ago, Mr. India is #1? You are comparing current Bangladesh team with old BD team we had? Bangladesh started to turn around in cricket since 2009. Since then they have won most of their test matches. We have white washed NZ, Zimbabwe in entire tour because they were going through the down fall. But look at them now, back to their form. Every team will go through these ups and downs. India started their cricket journey since the beginning of cricket era. What did it take India to be #1 in test? 512 test matches. How many they lost? 158 matches and won 138. And how many test matches Bangladesh played? 100. So how exactly are you comparing Bangladesh with all other teams? With the pace Bangladesh will going forward, I am sure by the time they play their 500th match, they will be one of the top test nations.

  • haggan8313976 on March 27, 2017, 14:13 GMT

    @HASNAT123 Stop day dreaming. Bangladesh have played 100 test match & won how many - 4 test I think. Its been 18 years since Bangladesh was given a full test membership. Almost 18 years and they have won 4 test. If so many chances are given to Afghanistan or Netherland or Ireland, they will create a World Cup winning team. Bangladesh do not even deserve a full membership. They should be relegated to associate members. Ireland and Afganishtan should be promoted. Afganishtan has the most exciting players right now in the world in team that no one knows about. Ireland is also exceedingly good. India is number 1 is test. S-AFRICA is great. Australia is awesome, Paki's are entertaining, Srilanka is hard working, Newzealand are very good & West Indies are loved by all.

    WHAT CAN BE SAID BY BANGLADESH. They rub the fans of all other team the wrong ways. No one likes Bangladeshi team & they keep up piling crappy performances like a dung beetle keeps piling cow dung. Sadly this truth of it.

  • amindh6043107 on March 27, 2017, 12:54 GMT

    Since when does an SL match get so many comments ? :)

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