Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in the first warm-up fixture ahead of the ODI World Cup

Saturday, 30 September 2023 - 7:09

Bangladesh 264 for 3 (Tanzid 84, Mehidy 67*, Litton 61) beat Sri Lanka 263 (Nissanka 68, Dhananjaya 55, Mahedi 3-36) by seven wickets

Half-centuries from Bangladesh's top three of Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das and Mehidy Hasan Miraz took their side to a comfortable win over Sri Lanka in their first warm-up fixture ahead of the ODI World Cup, in Guwahati on Friday.

Bangladesh bowled Sri Lanka out for 263 and chased it down with eight overs to spare; Opener Kusal Perera, walked off the field in the 10th over of the SL innings with a strain in his right shoulder. He hit 34 off 24 before retiring hurt.

After opting to bat, Sri Lanka began promisingly, with Pathum Nissanka adding a combined 104 with Perera and Kusal Mendis, before they lost their first wicket in the 15th over. Nissanka top-scored with 68 and Dhananjaya de Silva made 55 at No. 6 but most of the middle order struggled to get going, with offspinner Mahedi Hasan picking up 3 for 36 in his nine overs. Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed and Mehidy also chipped in with a wicket each to bowl Sri Lanka out for in the final over.

Bangladesh will play their next warm-up game against England on Monday while Sri Lanka will meet Afghanistan on Tuesday. Both matches will be played at the same venue.

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