A timely century by Mushfiqur Rahim coupled with a collective blowing attack propelled Bangladesh to beat Sri Lanka by 137 runs in the 14th Asia Cup opener in UAE.
Sri Lanka scored 124 runs all out in 35.2 overs in chasing a 262-run target at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on late Saturday (Sept 15).
Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga contributed 27 runs off 16 balls before Mashrafe Mortaza removed him.
Dilruwan Perera contributed the highest with 29 runs off 44 balls,
Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman and Mehidy Hasan Miraz took two wickets each while Shakib Al Hasan, Rubel Hossain and Mosaddek Hossain bagged a wicket each.
Earlier, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe won the toss and elected to bat first in the Group ‘B’ match of the six-nation tournament.
Mushfiqur contributed 144 runs off 150 balls with 11 boundaries and four over boundaries.
Wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Mithun hit his maiden international half century scored half century, contributing 63 off 68 balls.
Bangladesh lost Liton Kumar Das and Shakib Al Hasan in the first over of their innings before Tamim Iqbal was retired hurt in the next over while Bangladesh scored just three runs.
Tamim batted again in 47th over to give company to Mushfiqur.
Tamim, however, has been ruled out of the tournament after fracturing his left wrist.
The left-handed opener sustained the injury from only the third ball he faced when a Suranga Lakmal delivery struck him.
Sri Lankan’s Lasith Malinga bagged maximum four wickets, followed by Dhananjaya de Silva, who bagged two wickets.