Wonderful fifties from Mohammad Naim and Mushfiqur Rahim propelled the Tigers to 171 in their first Super 12s clash against Sri Lanka on Sunday at Sharjah.
Sri Lanka won the toss in this match and sent Bangladesh to bat first. Liton Das and Naim added 40 runs in the first wicket stand and laid a strong foundation for the Tigers.
Liton fell as the first wicket scoring 16 off 16 balls, and Shakib Al Hasan took the field hitting two fours, but the left-hander failed to continue on a good start as he was dismissed by a great delivery of Chamika Karunaratne for 10 off seven.
On the third wicket, Naim and Mushfiqur added 73 off 51 balls. Along the way, Naim hit his second fifty of the World Cup— the first one came against Oman in Round 1. Naim ended up on 62 off 52 balls with six fours.
Mushfiqur also hit a fifty off 32 balls. It was Mushfiqur’s first fifty in 12 innings in T20Is.
The right-handed batter remained unbeaten for 57 off 37 balls with five fours and two sixes. Mahmudullah Riyad also remained unbeaten for 10 off five balls.
Bangladesh ended up on 171 for four wickets in 20 overs.
For Sri Lanka, Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernando, and Lahiru Kumara took one wicket each.
Bangladesh won nine matches scoring 171 or more runs while batting first in T20Is on 11 occasions before this match.