60dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Mushfiqur stars in 137-run rout of Sri Lanka

The former captain smashed 144, including a last-wicket stand with Tamim Iqbal who came out to bat with a broken hand, to lift Bangladesh to a winning total

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Mushfiqur Rahim
144(150) 11x4 - 4x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 33 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
12 20 10 10 22 13 15 42
Mohammad Mithun
63(68) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 19 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
17 2 6 0 6 20 5 7

Best performances - Bowlers

SL Malinga
O10
M2
R23
W4
Eco2.30
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Mustafizur Rahman
O6
M0
R20
W2
Eco3.33
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: @Thilak_Rama | Commentator: @sreshthx

10.51pm That's all from us at ESPNcricinfo. Tomorrow, Pakistan play Hong Kong, and we'll hope to find your company there as well. On behalf of all of us here, this is Sreshth Shah and Saurabh Somani signing off. Hope you enjoyed today's game. See you and goodnight!

10.45pm Time for the presentation.

Mashrafe Mortaza, the winning captain says: "Thanks to Mushfiqur and Mithun. Losing two wickets early is always pressure, but the way they batted it's nice to see. I think the word for Tamim is that 'people should always remember him', the way our seniors are performing, it's really promising. I think we can improve a lot, the way we lose wickets, hopefully we'll look after this very well. And also Mithun was out at the wrong time, and we could've made 280-290 if he wasn't out. The fielding has to be better as well. I want to speak in Bangla with the fans. The way you have come to UAE to support us, the victory is for you. Thanks to all Prabashi Bengalis (Non-resident Bangladeshis)."

Mushfiqur Rahim is the Man of the Match. "Thanks to almightly Allah. It's really important to win the first game, and the boys were really geared up. We didn't get the start we wanted, but credit to Mithun for taking the pressure away from me. And after that I just took my chances and it paid off. When Tamim came out to bat, it boosted me that I should do something for him and for my country. Probably the best I've batted because it's difficult to concentrate with the heat and the running between the wickets as well. We've been in great nick, but I haven't been able to convert my starts into big innings. So that's paid off."

Atiq: "Now the worrying part for Bangladesh is who will open from next match. Mominul should be given chance. "

Dilip: "Being a big fan of matthews just want him to step down as a captain. Cant see him always speaking for other 10 players who always let him down. Cant see him taking all the blame and feeling the guilt always.Plz Plz publish this comment and let others know the truth. Big fan of matthews from india..."

S m rashid: "In 1988 i was a student of class six. BD participated in Asia Cup as a host nation. From 1988 to 2004 we have seen disappointing cricket. Now everything have been changed. Congrats BD Cricket Team. Keep continue your good cricket...BD fan from 1988...."

Mano Sivam: "Did Bangladesh players do Nagin dance? please say no. " -- no they did not!

Mahneel Musa: "Mushfiqur Rahim, one of the great modern day batters, massively overshadowed by his rather controversial on field antics. "

10.34pm And that's how the opening day of the Asia Cup comes to an end. It finished as a no-contest really, as Bangladesh's bowlers combined superbly to bowl Sri Lanka out for 124. All six Bangladesh bowlers took a wicket each, so it was really a team effort with the ball for the winners. This is also Sri Lanka's lowest ODI total versus Bangladesh. Credit to Mashrafe and Mehidy at the start of the second innings to give Bangladesh the early breakthroughs, but if it wasn't for Mushfiqur Rahim's brilliant 144, this game may have had a very different ending. Stick around for the presentation. Here's the losing captain, Angelo Mathews: It was a pretty bad effort from the whole team. We let them off the hook by dropping too many catches, and Mushi batted extremely well. When we batted, we made a lot of bad decisions. It was a good batting surface."

Tushar: "At last there is a wicket for Shakib. "

syed haque: "Pls no nagin dance. I find it very disrespectful. A Bangladeshi fan."

35.2
W
Shakib Al Hasan to Aponso, OUT, fourth time lucky! Full on off, and the leg-side slog is drilled straight to the sub fielder at mid on. He fumbles a few times, but eventually manages to hold on. Celebrations all around. Sri Lanka lose to Mushfiqur Rahim by 20 runs. On a more serious note... Bangladesh win by 137 runs!

MA Aponso c sub (Nazmul Hossain Shanto) b Shakib Al Hasan 4 (31b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.90

35.1
0
Shakib Al Hasan to Aponso, no run, good length outside off, and the ball stays very low! But Aponso cuts anyway, and mistimes the shot to point

END OF OVER:
35 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 124/9 (138 runs required from 14.4 overs, RR: 3.54, RRR: 9.20)

  • SL Malinga3 (3b)
  • MA Aponso4 (29b)
  • Mosaddek Hossain3-0-8-1
  • Shakib Al Hasan9-0-31-0
34.6
2
Mosaddek Hossain to Malinga, 2 runs, full outside off, and he chips this over cover with ease. The batsmen collect two
34.5
0
Mosaddek Hossain to Malinga, no run, full on middle stump, and turned off his pads to the leg side
34.4
1
Mosaddek Hossain to Aponso, 1 run, full on leg stump, and the sweep goes down to short third man as the batsmen scamper across for one
34.3
0
Mosaddek Hossain to Aponso, no run, good length on off, and defended

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st22WU TharangaBKG Mendis
2nd6WU TharangaMDKJ Perera
3rd4MDKJ PereraDM de Silva
4th6AD MathewsMDKJ Perera
5th22AD MathewsMD Shanaka
6th3AD MathewsNLTC Perera
7th6MDK PereraNLTC Perera
8th27MDK PereraRAS Lakmal
9th24MDK PereraMA Aponso
10th4SL MalingaMA Aponso