Group Stage: Match 1 | Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka – 15th September, 2018
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Toss: Bangladesh, elected to bat first
Score: Bangladesh – 261 all out in 49.3 overs | Sri Lanka – 124 all out in 35.2 overs
Result: Bangladesh won by 137 runs
Despite of early losses, marvelous spell by the legendary Lasith Malinga (4/23 in 10 overs) and loosing the best opener Tamim Iqbal for the rest of the tournament due to an injury; Bangladesh still managed to hold on the nerves and clinching the 1st ODI, defeating Sri Lanka by 137 runs. They will also be grateful to Sri Lanka for the lackluster fielding and awful batting skills at display.
Man of the Match, Mushfiqur Rahim with 144 runs once again displayed a great sense of maturity in the beginning, perseverance in the middle stage, and aggression towards the end. Tamim Iqbal, despite of a injury that will cause him the tournament, showed a great deal of commitment to come again to bat after 9 wickets had fallen down, operating with only one hand, but ensuring that Rahim can carry on the assault and doesn’t remain stranded without any partner on the other hand. Due to this heroic, Bangladesh added 32 runs 16 balls before Rahim was out as the last wicket in the 50th over. This shows the attitude they have come with in this edition. Not to forget Mohammad Mithun’s valuable 63 runs in 68 balls, providing a match winning 3rd wicket partnership of 131 runs with Rahim.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, has only one take away, the performance of Lasith Malinga. Other than that, they were far from good in all other areas. None of the batsmen could score a thirty. All 6 bowlers from Bangladesh contributed and got wickets.
The writing is on the wall. They are no longer dark horses – they are serious contenders. Watch out!