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Mendis, Perera Stun Bangladesh in First T20

DHAKA: Sri Lanka overpowered Bangladesh in the first T20 with the help of splendid batting display by Kusal Mendis and Thisara Perera.

Bangladesh while batting first, posted a whopping target of 194 in 20 overs.

Mushfiqur Raheem’s 66 not out and Soumya Sarkar’s 51 followed by a quick 43 by Mahmudullah were the highlights of their innings.

Considering the home advantage and depth of the bowling line up of Bangladesh, the task seemed a mountain to be conquered.

Kusal Mendis, who had replaced the injured Kusal Perera, struck his maiden T20I fifty to give the chase direction.

Sri Lanka then suffered a wobble when they lost Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis and Upul Tharanga in quick succession, but Shanaka and Thisara added an unbroken 65-run stand for the fifth wicket to take their team home with 20 balls remaining.

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