Sabbir's one-man act too much for Sri Lanka

Bangladesh 147 for 7 (Sabbir 80, Chameera 3-30) beat Sri Lanka 124 for 8 (Chandimal 37, Al-Amin 3-34) by 23 runs
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Sabbir Rahman made a career-best 80 in T20 internationals © Associated Press

After they ran into early trouble, Sabbir Rahman scored more than half of Bangladesh’s runs. The bowlers followed it up by squeezing Sri Lanka in the 148-run chase, eventually picking up their second win in the Asia Cup by 23 runs.

A packed crowd at the Shere Bangla National Stadium was kept at the edge of its seat for three and a half hours, first by Man of the Match Sabbir’s superb and clean hitting that gave him ten fours and three sixes. The home side’s tight bowling and rapid fielding across the outfield stood out too.

The loss would, however, ring loud alarm bells for Sri Lanka, especially after how they missed out on taking advantage of the home side slipping to 26 for 3, and later being unable to hit any boundaries for four and seven-over clumps. This was the first time Sri Lanka were beaten by Bangladesh in a T20.

Full report to follow…

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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