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Sri Lanka v Bangladesh: Kusal Perera fires for hosts in T20 opener


Mosaddek Hossain top-scored with 34 not out as Bangladesh made 155-6 in their first Twenty20 worldwide of a two-match series against Sri Lanka here today.

With four openers Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka and Dilshan Munaweera in Sri Lanka's squad, it remains to be seen how will they balance the playing XI.

The Tigers are now on tour to Sri Lanka, where they have already played two Tests ( series drawn 1-1), three ODIs ( series drawn 1-1) and play the first match of 2 T20Is today.

Fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza, who earlier announced this T20I series will be his last, was the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers.

Sri Lanka reached its target with seven deliveries to spare.

Making a comeback in global cricket after weeks of injury lay-off, Malinga bowled opener Tamim Iqbal for a duck, though Sri Lanka could not capitalise on the start. With 7 wickets in hand, Bangladesh never really had a chance from there.


"This is going to be my last T20 series for Bangladesh", Mortaza said at the toss at Colombo's Premadasa Stadium.

Watch highlights of the third ODI, a 70-run Sri Lanka victory, in the video below.

Two wickets in as many overs for Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza (2-32) briefly had the home side rattled, but Perera kicked on through to a 31-ball half century and received good support from the middle order.

Mortaza was a part of Bangladesh's first T20I match in November 2006, against Zimbabwe, in which he top-scored with 36 and led his side to a 43-run win. Subsequently, Bangladesh will head to England to play the Champions Trophy in June.

"It has been a great honour for me to represent Bangladesh in T20I for more than 10 years", Mashrafe said on his official Facebook page.

The second and final match of the series will be held at the same ground on April 6.

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