Asia Cup 2018 has a very good start. In the first match, Malinga and Mushfiqur performed the record. While Tamim Iqbal, with his broken hand, batched his bat and performed a magnificent spectacle of his valor and bravery.
In the first match of the Asia Cup played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday, Bangladesh has won the tournament with a triumphant 137 runs against Sri Lanka.
Earlier, Bangladesh had set a target of 262 runs in front of Sri Lanka on the basis of the finest century of Mushfiqur Rahim (144), who got out early in the day. The Sri Lankan team could not achieve this target and after Rahim, Bangladeshi bowlers bothered him and crushed him on 124 in 35.2 overs.
Bangladesh won the toss and bat first, but lost two wickets for only one run. After this Rahim gave stability to his team and conveyed a respectable score of 261 runs. Rahim faced 150 balls in his century, and scored 11 fours and added four sixes. He was dismissed on the third ball of the last over and with this Bangladesh’s innings ended.
Sri Lanka, who came out to chase the target, was out of the good start. Bangladeshi captain Musharraf Murtaza sent his openers, first skittish manis (0) and then Upul Tharanga (27) to the pavilion till the overall score of 28.
The continuation of the fall of the wicket started continuously. The team lost their seven wickets at the total of 69. In the end Dilruwan Pereira (29) and Suranga Lakmal (20) tried to save the team, but could not succeed. Lasith Malinga remained unbeaten on three.
Murtaza, Mustafizur Rehman and Mehdi Hassan took two wickets each for Bangladesh. Shakib Al Hasan, Rubel Hussain and Mosaddek Hussain got one success
Before Murtaza won the toss and decided to bat first, Malinga had proved wrong in the initial few moments. Malinga dismissed Liton Das (0) on the fifth ball of the first over, while Shakib Al Hasan on the next ball showed the path to the pavilion without opening the account.
Meanwhile, Tamim Iqbal was hit on the ball of Suranga Lakmal and he went out of the field.
Rahim continued his innings with patience and together with Mohammed Mithun (63) shared a 132-run partnership for the third wicket. This partnership also broke Malinga. Mithun, Malinga’s ball was caught in the hands of the skilled Pereira. Their wicket dropped to a total of 134. Mithun made five fours and two sixes in 68 balls in his innings.
However, after leaving Mithun, Rahim struggled alone. He did not get a wicket-keeper batsman from the other end.
Mehdi Hassan (15 runs), Murtaza (11 runs) and Mustafizur Rahman (10 runs) reached the tenth position in the lower order.
Malinga took four wickets in the name of Sri Lanka Dhananjay D Silva got two wickets. Suranga Lakmal, Amila Aponso and Thesara Pereira got one wicket each.