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Bangladesh’s record T20 total to no avail as SL win

Bangladesh’s highest Twenty20 International total didn’t matter as Sri Lanka chased it down with 20 balls to spare to win the opening fixture of the two-match series here on Thursday.
After Bangladesh made 193-5 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Sri Lanka raced to victory by posting 194-4 in 16.4 overs as opener Kusal Mendis struck a belligerent maiden half-century, a 27-ball innings of 53 that included eight boundaries and two sixes.
Sri Lanka had already won the One-day International tri-series and the Test series, and need one more win in their last tour game — the second T20 International in Sylhet — on Sunday to sweep up all three formats.
Man-of-the-match Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka shared a 53-run opening stand. After Mendis fell at 90-2, Dasun Shanaka and Thisara Perera combined in an undefeated fifth-wicket stand.
Shanaka, who hit three sixes and three fours in his 24-ball blitz of 42, added 65 in 30 deliveries with hard-hitting Thisara Perera (39 off 18 balls, four fours and three sixes) to snap Sri Lanka’s eight-match losing streak in T20 matches.
Left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam took 2-22 on his T20 debut for Bangladesh.
Nazmul, one of the four debutants in Bangladesh line up, broke the opening stand when he got Gunathilaka stumped for 15-ball 30.
Nazmul later picked the wicket of Upul Tharanga, for four, before fellow debutant Afif Hossain removed Mendis with his off spin.
Earlier, Bangladesh rode on brisk half-centuries by Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim to surpass their previous highest score of 190-5 against Ireland at Belfast in 2012.
Soumya’s attacking approach kept the scoreboard soaring, with Bangladesh bringing up their 100 in 10 overs.
Mushfiqur remained unbeaten on a career-high 66 off 44 balls while Soumya hit a 32-ball 51 — the left-handed opener’s maiden T20 fifty — after the hosts elected to bat first.
Leg-spinning all-rounder Jeevan Mendis, with 2-21, stalled Bangladesh’s progress but Mushfiqur and stand-in captain Mahmudullah shared 73 runs for the fourth wicket to keep the side on track.