Pallekele - Kusal Perera smashed a brisk 64 to
set up Sri Lanka's 17-run victory over Bangladesh in a one-off Twenty20
international here on Sunday.
The opener hit four sixes
and five fours in his 44-ball knock as Sri Lanka posted a challenging
198-5 before restricting Bangladesh to 181-7.
top-scored for Bangladesh with a 27-ball 43 while seamers Angelo Mathews
and Thisara Perera each bagged two wickets for Sri Lanka.
suffered a setback after reaching 68-2 in the eighth over as Ashraful
was given out leg-before. He hit seamer Thisara Perera for two
successive sixes and then a four in the same over.
Mushfiqur Rahim (39) and Mohammad Mahmudullah (31) kept Bangladesh's
hopes alive with a 50-run stand for the fifth wicket before both fell in
the 15th over to leave their team struggling at 137-6.
were let down by their bowling in the later stages of the innings as
they gave away 75 in the last five overs. They also conceded 19 runs in
Sri Lanka's Jeevan Mendis and Angelo Mathews put on 66 for
the fifth wicket off just 5.5 overs to help their side set a stiff
Mendis hit three sixes, including two in an over from
left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, and two fours in his 17-ball 37 while
Mathews contributed an unbeaten 30 off 27 deliveries.
plundered 32 off the last 13 balls, with Thisara Perera making a
seven-ball 22 not out with two sixes and as many fours.
made a brisk start after being put in to bat as they raced to 52 in the
opening five overs, with Kusal Perera playing attacking shots against
both pace and spin.
Perera hit seamer Shahadat Hossain for two
fours and a six in the first over of the match before smashing two more
sixes, one each off spinners Sohag Gazi and Razzak.
He completed his maiden T20 half-century in the eighth over with two runs to mid-wicket off Mahmudullah.
Shahadat conceded 54 runs in four overs, including 24 in his last.