All-round Bangladesh collects biggest ODI win

Defeat Sri Lanka by 163 runs in the tri-nation series in Mirpur.

Team performance: (From left) Tamim Iqbal, Rubel Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan and Mashrafe Mortaza, all significant contributors to Bangladesh’s win.q   -  AFP

An all-round show from Shakib Al Hasan helped Bangladesh collect its biggest One-Day International win on Friday. The left-arm spinner bagged three wickets as Sri Lanka was dismissed for 157, chasing 321; Bangladesh’s margin of victory - 163 runs - is three ahead of its previous best, an annihilation of visiting West Indies in Khulna in 2012.

Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The seeds for a complete performance were sown by the senior and dependable members of the team - opener Tamim Iqbal and wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim, besides Shakib. Tamim’s knock of 84 was laced with seven fours and two sixes; he compiled a partnership of 71 runs for the first wicket with Anamul Haque, and 99 runs with Shakib, who eventually scored 67. Mushfiqur also chipped in with a half-century (62), shepherding the team in the business end of the innings alongside Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman.

The total was Bangladesh’s sixth highest; it’s highest total is 329 for 6, scored against Pakistan in 2015.

In contrast, Sri Lanka’s innings never got going. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza dented the top order with a couple of wickets, before Shakib (3 for 47) sliced through the middle-order, and seamer Rubel Hossain took care of the tail.

Bangladesh celebrated its comprehensive performance. "If you look at (the) recent past, it is one of our best wins," said captain Mashrafe Mortaza. "I think Tamim could have got a hundred. Shakib also could have gone on."

Struggling side

The performance will be alarming for Sri Lanka, with the defeat arriving two days after its 12-run loss to Zimbabwe in the same three-nation tourney.

The top performer for Sri Lanka was Thisara Perera, who top scored with 29 and took three wickets.

Sri Lanka plays Zimbabwe in the next match on Sunday.

(With inputs from AFP)