Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - 19:24
Update : Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh in T20 thriller


Thisara Perera removed danger man Anamul Haque off the final ball to hand Sri Lanka a dramatic two-run victory over Bangladesh in the first Twenty20 international in Chittagong yesterday.

Sri Lanka, the world's top-ranked Twenty20 side, made 168-7 after being sent in to bat and then restricted Bangladesh to 166-7 to take the lead in the two-match series.

With Bangladesh needing 17 runs from the final over, Anamul smashed 14 runs off the first five deliveries, but then gave Perera a return catch with the last ball.

Sri Lanka won the preceding two-Test series 1-0.

The second Twenty20 game will also be played in Chittagong on Friday.

Update : Thursday, 13 February 2014 - 7:20
Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field in the first Twenty20 international played at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.

Mithun Ali and Arafat Sunny made their Twenty20 debuts while Farhad Reza returned after two years.

Sri Lanka suffered a blow on the eve of the match when Mahela Jayawardene was ruled out of the two-match Twenty20 series after splitting a webbing in his left hand while taking a high catch during training.

For Sri Lanka, Angelo Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Ashan Priyanjan and Kithuruwan Vithanage were left out of the playing XI.

Sri Lanka in their allotted 20 overs were able to score 168 runs losing 7 wickets, recording the highest T-20 score at the venue.

Highest scorers for the Lankans were Kusal Perera with 64 and Nuwan Kulasekara with 31.

Pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers were Masharaf Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan and Arafat Sunny, all bagging 2 wickets each.

Meanwhile after taking to bat Bangladesh are currently on 76 for the loss of 2 wickets in 9.4 overs.