42.4 overs Bangladesh 164 (Shanto 89, Pathirana 4-32, Theekshana 2-19) vs Sri Lanka
Najmul Hossain Shanto scored a valiant 89 but Sri Lanka’s bowlers had the rest of the Bangladesh line-up in a stranglehold and bowled them out for 164 in Pallekele.
Matheesha Pathirana ended with career-best figures of 4 for 32, while the always-excellent Maheesh Theekshana picked up a couple. But it was the pair of Dhananjaya de Silva and Dunith Wellalage that provided the platform for Sri Lanka’s strike bowlers to thrive, as the right-arm and left-arm spin combo rifled through the middle overs, never allowing the batters to score freely, and most importantly allowed skipper Dasun Shanaka to hold back on the reintroduction of both Theekshana and Pathirana.
This was crucial, as in the absence of the injured Wanindu Hasaranga, Sri Lanka were one strike bowler short. But on a sometimes-two-paced Pallekele surface, Sri Lanka’s bowlers stuck to good lines and lengths and never really allowed the Bangladesh batters to get on top for any significant length of time.
Theekshana started things off by trapping debutant Tanzid Hasan lbw in just the second over of the game. With the innings off to a crawling start, Mohammed Naim fell next, getting a leading edge while swiping across the line against Dhananjaya. Shakib Al Hasan was gloved behind off Pathirana in the 11th over to leave Bangladesh reeling on 36 for 3.
It was at this point that Bangladesh finally looked to get a foot in the game, with Shanto and Towhid Hridoy putting on a stand of 59, but the pressure that was built up in the middle overs began to tell. Shanaka brought himself on and had an advancing Hridoy lbw, via DRS.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Shanto then added 32 for the fifth wicket, but the former fell foul of a textbook ploy – a couple of full deliveries followed by a short one – to hole out to deep third.
Once Mushfiqur departed, not a single other Bangladeshi batter was able to keep Shanto company as Pathirana and Theekshana ran through the lower order. Apart from Shanto, only Hridoy managed to reach 20, while only two other batters reached double digits.