Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan ruled out of first Sri Lanka T20

Mushfiqur Rahim raises his bat after reaching his fifty against Sri Lanka

Bangladesh host Sri Lanka in the first of a two-match T20I series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Thursday, February 15. He scored a solid 49 in that game as Sri Lanka managed their first win of that series before going on to win the series.

With hat-trick of boundaries in the third over from Sarkar, Bangladesh got off to a blistering start of 41 runs without losing a wicket.

Bangladesh: Mahmudullah (capt), Zakir Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Afif Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain.

The runs came thick and fast for Bangladesh as they maintained the run rate of 10 at the halfway mark with Sarkar completing his maiden T20I fifty needing just 30 deliveries for it. On his dismissal off Afif Hossain in the eighth over, Dasun Shanaka walked in at No. 4 and cracked 42 off 24 balls (3 fours, 3 sixes) to rattle Bangladesh and take Sri Lanka home. Jeevan Mendis makes his first T20I appearance since 2013.

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Sri Lanka, on the other hand, too have injury concerns and will be without Kusal Perera.

In India, Star Select 2 will be telecasting the series while Ghazi Tv will show the games live for viewers in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh's cricket board today promised to improve pitches for worldwide Tests after its two best venues were rated "below average" by the sports governing body following the Sri Lanka series.



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