result
1st T20I (N), Dhaka, Feb 15 2018, Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh
(16.4/20 ov)194/4
Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets (with 20 balls remaining)
player of the match
Kusal Mendis
Sri Lanka

8.33pm That's all from Mirpur today. Lots of fours and sixes as Sri Lanka go 1-0 up in the two-match series. How will Bangladesh come back? Join us in Sylhet for the series' final game in a couple of days to find out. For now, it's bye bye from Deiva Muthu and Sreshth Shah. Hope you enjoyed ESPNcricinfo's coverage of this match. See you.

8.27pm We're ready with the presentation.

Losing captain Mahmudullah, first up. He says: "I think we were 10-15 runs short. We should've scored over 200. Mushi at No. 3 was quite a bit of change, but Soumya and Zakir started well. Credit goes to the SL batters, though, and we didn't apply enough pressure. Having Arif and the others gives us a bit more depth in the batting, but we didn't execute our lengths with the ball. Hope to finish the season on a high in Sylhet."

Winning captain Dinesh Chandimal is here now. He says: "We didn't think the wicket will be this good. It was a good toss to lose, and credit goes to the batsmen - they played outstanding cricket. It's never easy chasing 194 in any wicket. Before the game started, our plan was to keep right-left combination going. At the same time, we tried keeping a power hitter: that's what we did, and glad it worked. Kusal, Gunathilaka, Thisara, Dasun were excellent. We all know Bangladesh are really good at home, so we never underestimate them."

Kusal Mendis is the Man of the Match. He says: "Very happy to get these runs. Yes, at the start, I wasn't in the XI, but the staff helped me prepare for today's game. I was told to play my normal game (like in ODIs), and I did exactly that."

8.18pm Sri Lanka chase down 194, their highest successful chase in T20 cricket, to take a 1-0 lead in this T20 series. It's also the highest score chased down in Bangladesh. Lots of records broken today by both teams, but Sri Lanka the happier side. The pitch was excellent for batting, and Bangladesh, despite scoring 193, were 15 runs short. Gunathilaka and Thisara went at a strike-rate of over 200, and Shanaka held the innings together with a well composed 42.The teams shake hands as the batsmen make their way into the pavillion. The team that bowled slightly better take the win at Mirpur. Five Bangladesh bowlers went for over 10 runs per over. The debutant Nazmul, though, was impressive with figures of 2-25. Where did Bangladesh go wrong then? Hopefully Mahmudullah can shed some light during the presentation ceremony.

Tharindu: "hardest question of the day "the man of the match?""

16.4
1
Rubel to Shanaka, 1 run

back of a length outside off, punched to cover for a quick run.. and there's the win! Sri Lanka win by six wickets.

16.4
5w
Rubel to Shanaka, 5 wide

short outside off, too short in fact! The batsman misses the pull, and neither can the keeper hold on to it. Mushi tries to jump and grab the ball, but the extra zip off the surface means that's five runs. Scores are level.

16.3
1
Rubel to Perera, 1 run

yorker on off stump, driven to deep extra cover. They walk across for the single

tanzim: "Wrong Calculation by Mahmudullah, Wrong way to use the bowler...hope next match he will improved himself...."

16.2
4
Rubel to Perera, FOUR runs

Thisara backs away towards the leg side, and Rubel follows! Good length outside leg, but the batsman can still manage to swipe this away. Muscled towards the leg side, and finds the cow corner boundary. Two men in the deep there, but neither had any chance

16.1
1
Rubel to Shanaka, 1 run

back of a length outside off, tries the cross-batted shot, but comes off the bat's top half. Drops safe near mid on though

16.1
1w
Rubel to Shanaka, 1 wide

full on middle and leg, but slides down the leg side. He's got to bowl that one again

SudarshanaSL: "Now it's game between two power hitters of SL rather than Ban vs SL" -- yep, a partnership of 52 in just 26 balls.

end of over 1614 runs
SL: 181/4CRR: 11.31 RRR: 3.25 • Need 13 runs from 24b
Thisara Perera34 (16)
Dasun Shanaka40 (22)
Afif Hossain2-0-26-1
Mustafizur Rahman3-0-32-0
15.6
6
Afif to Perera, SIX runs

huuuge! Pulled off the back foot, and soars over long on! Ridiculous hitting. Short ball outside off, and that's too easy for the big man. Stands tall and slaps this over the non-striker's head. Lands 10 rows behind

15.5
4
Afif to Perera, FOUR runs

threads the gap on the leg side! Loose ball outside off. Too much width for Perera to work with, as he drags it towards the leg side. Lifted over midwicket as it races into the cow-corner boundary

15.4
2
Afif to Perera, 2 runs

good length on off stump, Perera backs away and smacks it down the ground with the square-bat. Saifuddin's diving stop at long off, though, saves the boundary. They settle for two

15.3
1
Afif to Shanaka, 1 run

reverse sweep! But only for a single. Did well to swipe at this full ball on middle stump, but the diving effort at point saves the boundary

15.2
1lb
Afif to Perera, 1 leg bye

quicker ball on middle and leg. Darted straight in, and Perera mistimes his leg-side flick. Comes off his pads, as the ball trickles away to square leg

15.1
Afif to Perera, no run

back of a length outside off, spins away from Perera. Defended towards the off side

The required run rate has now dropped to less than six. Can Afif Hossain change Bangladesh's fortune? Around the wicket.

end of over 1513 runs
SL: 167/4CRR: 11.13 RRR: 5.40 • Need 27 runs from 30b
Dasun Shanaka39 (21)
Thisara Perera22 (11)
Mustafizur Rahman3-0-32-0
Rubel Hossain3-0-39-1
14.6
6
Mustafizur to Shanaka, SIX runs

slogged! Biggest six of the day, perhaps. Full on middle and leg, and Shanaka was expecting that length. Shuffles across onto the back foot to get just that extra room, and then swats this full ball over long on. Great connection!

14.5
1
Mustafizur to Perera, 1 run

back of a length outside off, intices Perera to pull. In the air, but falls short of the two fielders in the deep. Neither long on nor deep midwicket try to take the catch. Falls in front of both men. Chance goes begging, you'd reckon

14.4
4
Mustafizur to Perera, FOUR runs

low full toss on middle stump, and it's punished! Gets his front foot out of the way and smacks it over the non-striker's head. Hit straight enough, and neither men in the deep can cut it off

These last nine balls from Fizz will be crucial to Bangladesh's chances in this match

14.3
Mustafizur to Perera, no run

yorker on off stump, and it's tapped past the bowler to mid off. Can't get under this delivery either

14.3
1w
Mustafizur to Perera, 1 wide

short outside of, too short in fact! Flies over Thisara's head. That's the sixth wide of the innings

14.2
Mustafizur to Perera, no run

yorker on leg stump. Can't put stuff like that away. Can only manage to only dig it back to the bowler. Terrific delivery.

14.1
1
Mustafizur to Shanaka, 1 run

slower ball to start off. Full on middle and leg, opens the bat's face and taps it to cover. Quick single