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TL; DR: Sri Lanka snap losing streak in style

TL; DR: Sri Lanka snap losing streak in style

Bangladesh's cricket board Thursday promised to improve pitches for worldwide Tests after its two best venues were rated "below average" by the sport's governing body following the Sri Lanka series.

Bangladesh though pulled back things with the wickets of Mendis, Upul Tharanga (4) and Niroshan Dickwella (11) but any chances of them getting a hold of the game was put off by an unbeaten 65 run stand from Thisara Perera (39 not out) and Dasun Shanaka (42 not out) as Sri Lanka reached the target easily in the 17th over with six wickets in hand.

Mendis was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his 53 off just 27 balls, studded with eight fours and two sixes.

It was a case of the Sri Lankan batsmen outsmarting the home side's bowling attack as they chased down 194 - their highest successful chase in T20 cricket - to take a 1-0 lead in the series.




The Bangladesh Cricket Board said it would consider appealing the demerit points but promised to take more precautions in future.

Selectors asked left-arm spinner Nazmul Hossain to join the squad as a replacement for Shakib in the first game.

Also, opener Soumya Sarkar scored 51, his maiden half-century.

Dasun Shanaka (42 from 24 balls) and Thisara Perera (39 from 18) put on an unbroken 65-run stand in exactly five overs to get the tourists over the line. The last time Jeevan played for Sri Lanka was five years ago. Mendis may have alighted on his ideal position in the order, and across all formats. Sri Lanka's previous-best T20 chase of 176 came against Australia. The 23-year-old middle order batsman hit 271 runs in the Test series, including a 196 in the first match in Chittagong.


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