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CRICKET-LEAD Sri Lanka staring at the exit after Bangladesh’s defeat – Caribbean Times


Opener Pathum Nissanka shows frustration during Sri Lanka’s defeat to Bangladesh.

DALLAS, Texas, CMC – Bangladesh dealt Sri Lanka their second straight defeat of the Twenty20 World Cup to leave the 2014 champions staring at an early exit from the ICC showpiece.

Experienced left-arm spinner Mustafizur Rahman (3-17) and 21-year-old leg-spinner Rishad Hossain (3-22) picked up three-wicket hauls to limit Sri Lanka to an inadequate 124 for nine off their 20 overs at Grand Prairie Stadium, opener Pathum Nissanka top-scoring with a 28-ball 47.

Bangladesh then recovered from six for two in the second over to overhaul their target by two wickets with an over to spare and make a winning start to their campaign here Friday.

Towhid Hridoy led with a 20-run 40, while Lit Das chipped in with a patient 36 from 38 balls. The pair posted a precious 63 for the fourth wicket.

Sri Lanka lost its opener to South Africa when it mustered only 77 in New York. It will now look to its remaining games against minnows Nepal and the Netherlands for redemption.

“I am sure the team at the moment, obviously, with this loss, were very disappointed, and I can see their mood in the dressing room now,” said Sri Lanka’s team manager, Mahinda Halangoda.

“But I’m sure after we return, the coaches and everyone will be talking to them, and we will come back strong.

“We will do much better in Florida because the Florida wicket is also quite good. This wicket was all right.

It was much better than the New York wicket, and we hope we will do much better against Nepal and the Netherlands.

Nissanka blasted seven fours and a six to provide Sri Lanka’s early momentum. When he departed in the ninth over – the second of Mustafizur’s wickets – Dhananjaya de Silva (21) and Charith Asalanka (19) put on a further 30 for the fourth wicket to get their side past the 100-run mark.

Openers Soumya Sarkar (0) and Tanzid Hasan (3) then perished cheaply to give Sri Lanka hope in the chase, and when captain Najmul Hossain (7) followed, Bangladesh’s innings lay in strife at 28 for three in the sixth over.

But Towhid clobbered four and four sixes and Liton, a brace of fours and a six, to defy new ball seamer Nuwan Thushara’s four for 18 and see their side over the line.

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