In Match 5 of the Asia Cup T20 2016, hosts Bangladesh won by a considerable margin of 23 runs against defending champions Sri Lanka.
Showing sheer class in both bowling and batting, Bangladesh were able to outsmart their opponents, resulting in the host triumphing over the Lankans. The victory is indicative of the progress Bangladesh has made in the recent past in the shortest format of the game.
The hero of the match was Sabbir Rahman, producing an innings that can be called nothing short of spectacular, as he made a terrific 80 from 54 balls. While he may have only scored one half century in his first 10 T20 internationals, in the subsequent seven games he produced two 50s and three 40+ innings. Even in the game against India – where they lost – Rahman gave an impressive performance, scoring 44 from 32 balls, Indian Express notes.
He came in to bat after Bangladesh lost three wickets for a mere 26. Mohammed Mithun and Soumya Sarkar were both dismissed before they could open their accounts, while Mushfiqur Rahim was the next to return to the pavilion after scoring 4 runs.
The regular fall of wickets did not seem to affect Rahman, who continued to play outstandingly well. His half century came in 38 balls. He was dismissed by Dushmantha Chameera when the team’s total score stood at 108. Mahmudullah Riyad scored an impressive 23, off 12 balls, to steer Bangladesh to a respectable total, Times of India reports.
Playing without their skipper Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lankan team was well posed at 76 for 1 in the 11th over to achieve a comfortable victory. With nine wickets in the kitty, they were cruising along nicely. But Dinesh Chandimal’s fall of wicket started the collapse of the Lankan team, who lost seven wickets for mere 41 runs. The Bangladesh bowling saw Al-Amin Hossain capturing three wickets and Shakib al Hasan taking two for 21, helping their team restrict Sri Lanka to 124 for 8.
With their first win over Sri Lanka in T20s, Bangladesh moved to the second place behind leaders India.