The opening match of the Asia Cup 2018 in Dubai got off with a stunning upset. In a clinical display Bangladesh powered by Mushfiqur Rahim’s brilliant ton 144 off 150 balls and his sixth ODI ton, scored a fighting total of 261 in their allotted 50 overs.
Rahim was involved in a fine 131-run stand with Mohammed Mithun (63) for the third wicket. Rest Bangladeshi batsmen failed to perform.
The wrecker in chief of the Bangladeshi batting line – up was experienced fast-bowler Lasith Malinga, staging an International comeback with a fine spell of 4/ 23.
Surprisingly, chasing a not so stiff target of 262 , the Sri Lankan batting line- up fell like pack of cards. In a shocking and inept batting display the Lankans were bowled out for a mere 124 in 35. 2 overs. hence losing the match by w whopping 137 runs.
All the six Bangladesh bowlers got at least a wicket. Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman and Mehidy Hasan grabbed two wickets each while Shakib Al-Hasan, Rubal Hossain and Mosaddek Hossain took one each.