Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh: Mustafizur Rahman shines as Bangladesh fight back to draw T20 series

Sudipta Biswas
With this victory, Bangladesh completed a tour without a series defeat. Though the all three series were drawn.

Bangladesh registered an empathic 45 runs victory against Sri Lanka in the second Twenty 20 International at R. Premadasa Stadium on Thursday.

Mustafizur Rahman’s superb spell bowled out Sri Lanka under 131 runs. The medium pacer picked up four wickets conceding 21 runs in three overs.

With Bangladesh’ victory in the second and final T20, the series ended up in a draw. Bangladesh completed an impressive tour to Sri Lanka. They have drawn all three series, and on all three occasions they fought back and drew the series.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza winning the toss elected to bat first and set a daunting 177 runs target for Sri Lanka, thanks to top order’s crucial contribution. Also read: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh: Lasith Malinga takes his maiden T20 hat-trick

Opener Imrul Kayes (36) and Soumya Sarkar (34) built a 71 runs first wicket partnership. Riding on a superb start, middle order batsman Shakib –Al-Hasan played a 38 runs important innings while Sabbir Rahman and Mosaddek Hossain chipped in with their respective 19 and 15.

However, Bangladesh middle order failed to make any meaningful contribution as Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga registered his maiden T20I hat-trick which derailed Bangladesh’s promising innings.

Malinga, in the 19th over, rattled the Bangladesh lower middle order with his toe-crushers as Mushfiqur Rahim got out for 15 while Captain Mashrafe Mortaza and Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who made his T20I debut, got out for naught.

This was also the last T20I match for Mortaza who got out for a golden duck. Also read: IPL 2017: Who is a better golfer? MS Dhoni’s reply to Kevin Pietersen is priceless

Sri Lanka, in reply, suffered a huge blow as spinner Shakib-Al-Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman rattled them. Sri Lanka lost five wickets for 40 runs. However, Chamara Kapugedera’s gutsy 35 balls 50 helped Sri Lanka to delay Bangladesh’s victory. As Kapugedera removed by Mustafizur Rahman the Sri Lankan fight met the end.

Late in the innings, Thisara Perera tried to salvage the sinking ship during his 23 balls 27 runs innings. However, Shakib-Al-Hasan got rid of him soon as Perera edged to wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim.

Last three wickets were removed for eight runs. With this victory, Bangladesh completed a tour without a series defeat. Though the all three series were drawn, Bangladesh being the visitors won the psychological battle and ruined Sri Lanka’s chance to qualify for the 2019 World Cup.