Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan starred with the ball as Bangladesh gave their retiring skipper Mashrafe Mortaza a perfect farewell with a thumping 45-run win over Sri Lanka in the second Twenty20 international in Colombo on Thursday (April 6).
Shakib made early inroads by dismissing both Sri Lanka openers- Kusal Perera and Dilshan Munaweera- for 4 before Mustafizur piled more misery on the hosts by making light work of their middle-order. Mustafizur picked up 4-21 while Shakib added 3-24 as the visitors crushed the hosts to square the two-match series 1-1.
Chasing 177 to win the two-match series, Upul Tharanga’s Sri Lanka began poorly as both their openers returned to the hut with only 19 on the board. A 21-run partnership between Tharanga and Chamara Kapugedera calmed down the nerves for a while in the Sri Lankan dressing room but once the hosts lost 3 wickets by the score of 40, they played the chasing game throughout their innings before being eventually bowled out on 131 in the 18th over.
Kapugedera waged a lone battle with a 35-ball 50-run knock but it was always going to be an uphill task with the lack of support from the other end.
Kapugedara shared a 58-run partnership with Thisara Perera for the sixth wicket to revive his team’s hopes but Bangladesh never allowed them to free their arms and take away the match.
Shakib, who had derailed Sri Lanka’s chase in his first spell, returned in his second spell to remove Perera and break the stand before Mortaza bowled Seekkuge Prasanna to all but quash Sri Lanka’s slim hopes of registering an unlikely win.
Mustafizur then dismissed Kapugedara and Lasith Malinga in the next over to take Bangladesh close before Mohammad Saifuddin sealed the victory by dismissing Vikum Sanjaya.
Earlier, Lasith Malinga took the fourth hat-trick of his international career to keep the visitors in check during the slog overs. In the 19th over of the innings, the right-handed pacer bowled Mushfiqur Rahim and Mortaza and trapped debutant Mehedi Hasan lbw to become only the second man from his country after Thisara Perera to take a hat-trick in this format.
Bangladesh went off to flying start with their openers Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar adding 71 runs for the first wicket after skipper Mortaza won the toss and opted to bat first.
Soumya made 34 off only 17 balls before offering a simple return catch to Asela Gunaratne while Imrul returned to the pavilion after being run out for a well-made 36 off 25 balls.
Shakib and Sabbir Rahman then added 46 runs for the third wicket before the latter was clean bowled by Sanjaya. Numan Kulasekara then accounted for Shakib to reduce the visitors to 139 for 4. Mortaza’s side was looking well-placed to cross the 180-run mark but their hopes were brutally quashed by a late show from Malinga.
Bangladesh 176 for 9 (Shakib 38, Kayes 36, Malinga 3-34) beat Sri Lanka 131 (Kapugedera 50, Mustafizur 4-21, Shakib 3-24) by 45 runs