March 22, 2017 - 9:40pm
A brilliant innings from middle-order batsman Mahmudullah went in vain as Bangladesh lost by two runs against the Sri Lanka Board President's XI in what was a high-scoring practice match at Colombo Cricket Stadium on Wednesday
Chasing SLBP’s XI’s 354/7, Bangladesh ended their innings on 352 for eight. Mahmudullah was unbeaten on 71 but failed to hit a boundary when four runs were needed off the last ball. Bangladesh made the worst possible start in pursuit of the big total as opening batsman Imrul Kayes was caught behind in their innings’ very first ball. However, No 3 batsman Sabbir Rahman and the other opener Soumya Sarkar batted brilliantly, forming an 116-run partnership for the second wicket.
Sabbir scored 72 off 63 deliveries with 11 boundaries and one six. Soumya scored 47 off 43 balls, featuring five fours and a couple of over-boundaries.
Mosaddek Hossain played a good knock, scoring 53 off 50 balls with the help of four boundaries and two sixes.
Mushfiqur Rahim, who was the wicket-keeper during the game, made 20.
Earlier, SLBP’s XI posted 354/7 after being asked to bat first.
The home side’s openers Dilshan Munaweera and Kusal Perera started aggressively and scored some quick runs. Bangladesh’s Taskin Ahmed struck the first blow in the sixth over.
Kusal and Sandun Weerakkody then stitched together an 114-run partnership for the second wicket. Weerakkody made a quickfire 67 off 54 balls with eight boundaries and two sixes.
Kusal retired out on 64 off 78 deliveries. Middle-order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva chipped in with 52 before being run out.
Taskin, limited-over captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Abul Hasan and Sanjamul Islam bagged one wicket apiece.
Sri Lanka Board President XI
354/7 (Weerakkody 67, Kusal 64, Saifuddin 1/26, Sanjamul 1/27, Abul 1/35) beat Bangladesh 352/8 (Sabbir 72, Mahmudullah 71*, Mosaddek 53, Soumya 47, Dananjaya 3/61) by two runs