Sabbir Rahman made a brilliant 80 to help Bangladesh post a competitive total of 147/7 against Sri Lanka in the fifth match of the Asia Cup at Mirpur on Sunday.
Choosing to bat first on winning the toss, Bangladesh was off to a disastrous start, losing both the openers for ducks. Mohammad Mithun was dismissed LBW on the second ball of the innings to Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews, who is captaining the side in the absence of injured Lasith Malinga. The other opener Soumya Sarkar fell in the next over for a duck, giving an easy catch to Mathews off Nuwan Kulasekara.
Bangladesh broke the shackles in the fourth over off Kulasekara’s bowling, as third down batsman Sabbir Rahman creamed 18 runs off it. Rahman looked in great form, striking boundaries all across the park. He had a mix-up with Mushfiqur Rahim, who was run-out for 4.
Rahman then took control of the innings, reaching his 50 off 38 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes. He scored 17 runs off S Jayasuriya’s over, the 13th over of the innings, to reach his fifty.
Rahman carried on, looking set for a big innings. He hit some lusty blows, before he holed out to deep mid-wicket off Chameera’s bowling while looking for a second straight six. Rahman made 80 off 54 with 10 fours and 3 sixes. This is Bangladesh’s fourth best individual T20I score. Rahman combined with Shakib Al Hasan to put up an 80-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Shakib fell to a bouncer for 32 in the 18th over, looking to push the scoring rate. Mahmudullah once again provided the finishing touch to the innings. He scored 23 not out off 12 balls as Bangladesh scored 147/7 in 20 overs.
Brief scores: Bangladesh:147 /7/ 20 overs (Sabbir Rahman 80, Shakib Al Hasan 32) against Sri Lanka