Mushfiqur dedicates innings to son as Bangladesh pull off record chase

Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha cut a relaxed figure as the team trained at the R Premadasa Stadium premises yesterday

Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha cut a relaxed figure as the team trained at the R Premadasa Stadium premises yesterday

Bangladesh shocked hosts Sri Lanka with an enthralling and closely fought five-wicket win to keep their hopes alive in the Nidahas Trophy tri-nation cricket tournament at the R Premadasa Stadium on Saturday night.

Sri Lanka have earlier secured a thumping victory over India in the in the opening clash while Bangladesh will come to play the hosts after suffering a six-wicket defeat from India in the second match of the series. He hit five boundaries and four sixes to become the Player of the Match.

Along with India, all three teams have one win each.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim led by example, smashing an unbeaten 72 off 35 balls to help his team pull off a stunning chase in a Twenty20 Tri-Series match.

Earlier, half-centuries from opener Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera powered Sri Lanka to 214 for six against Bangladesh in the third Twenty20 global of the Nidahas tri-series in Colombo on Saturday.

Skipper Mahmudullah got Mendis out with his off-spin as he struck twice in his very first over to try and check Sri Lanka's surge.

Bangladesh was given a rousing start by openers Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das, who posted 74 runs in six overs of the power play.

A single win would quell worries, Tamim had said after the first practice session in Sri Lanka. We had something up our sleeve before the game started. Tamim scored 47 runs as well.

Sri Lanka's total of 214 was its fourth highest, and the second highest at home after the 215-3 in 2015 against the West Indies at Pallekele.

Mahmudullah then removed Mendis and Dasun Shanaka in quick succession, yet Upul Tharanga's 32 in 15 balls took the Lankans past 200. Jeevan Mendis smashed his first ball off Mustafizur Rahman for a massive six over midwicket boundary but did not find the leather to the bat.

Soumya Sarkar joined Mushfiqur and the duo added a fifty-run stand as Bangladesh kept pace with the required rate, which allowed Mushfiqur to ensure victory despite losing wickets towards the end.

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