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Mithun shines, Tigers win practice match

  • Published at 04:18 pm July 23rd, 2019
Photo: AFP

Bangladesh used 13 players to provide batsmen and bowlers some opportunity

Bangladesh cricket team took some boost ahead of their three-match one-day international series against Sri Lanka as they beat Sri Lanka Board’s President XI by five wickets in a practice match yesterday at P Sara Oval in Colombo. 

Bangladesh used 13 players to provide batsmen and bowlers some opportunity but the latter failed to do so as none could really make an impression with the cherry. 

However, batsman Mohammad Mithun, who had a disappointing World Cup making just 47 runs in three matches, used the chance by making a match-winning knock of 91. 

After winning the toss, hosts’ captain Niroshan Dickwella decided to bat first but the decision proved a boomerang for him as he was trapped in front of the wicket by Rubel Hossain in the third ball of the match without scoring any run. 

Rubel got rid of one-down Oshada Fernando for two and another new ball bowler Taskin Ahmed dismissed opener Danushka Gunathilaka (26) to reduce the opponents to 32/3.

But Shehan Jayasuria made 56 to control the damage. Soumya Sarkar got two wickets and Mustafizur Rahman got one and pushed the Sri Lankan side to the back foot once again as they were on 146/6 in 32nd over. However, Dasun Shanaka, who batted at number seven, played a swashbuckling innings and remained not out on 86 off 63 that helped his side post a formidable score of 282/8 in 50 overs.

In reply, Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal and Soumya made a decent start but went out in quick succession after scoring 37 and 13 respectively to leave the side on 58/2 in 13 overs.

But Mithun kept the chase on with the help of two experienced players Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah. He added 73 runs in the third wicket with Mushfiq, who made 50, before adding another 96 with Mahmudullah (33). 

However, the right-handed batsman missed his century as he was dismissed in the 46th over leaving the side on 262/5. Mithun struck 11 boundaries and one six in his 100-ball innings. 

Sabbir Rahman (31 off 26) and Mosaddek Hossain (15 off 10) did the finishing act as the Tigers won the match sparing 11 balls. 

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