Bangladesh Beat Sri Lanka By 90 Runs In First ODI

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Tamim Iqbal nearly batted through the innings in constructing his eighth ODI century © AFP

Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka by 90 runs in the first one-day international to take a 1-0 lead in a three-match series in the Sri Lankan city of Dambulla on Saturday.

Tamim Iqbal struck 127 while Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman added 72 and 54 runs respectively as Bangladesh posted 324-5, their highest score against Sri Lanka.

The hosts in reply were all out for 234 in 45.1 overs, with Dinesh Chandimal (59) and Thisara Perera (55) making two half-centuries.

Mustafizur Rahman picked up 3-56 runs for Bangladesh.

This was the first time Bangladesh had posted a 300-plus total away from home against a higher-ranked team, one that helped them cruise towards a win for most parts.

Thisara Perera, coming in at No. 8, decided to upset them temporarily with a fifty off just 28 balls just when victory looked a foregone conclusion for the visitors. But the escalating asking rate resulted in big shots from the other batsmen, which eventually led to their downfall.

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