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Ton-Up Shanto, Seamers Give Commanding Win In 1st ODI Vs SL

Bangladesh bowlers were on song in the first ODI. (AFP)Bangladesh bowlers were on song in the first ODI. (AFP)

A career best from skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto and three wickets from each pacer helped Bangladesh win the first ODI by six wickets, taking them 1-up in the three-match series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Wednesday, March 13.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the visitors made a strong start with Avishka Fernando (33) and Pathum Nissanka (36) combining for a quick-fire 71-run partnership off just 59 balls. 

However, Bangladesh gained momentum when Tanzim Hasan Sakib secured the first breakthrough by dismissing Avishka caught behind, followed by consecutive strikes to remove Nissanka and Sadeera Samarawickrama (3), seizing control of the match. 

Despite a 44-run partnership between skipper Kusal Mendis and Charith Asalanka, Mehidy Hasan Miraz's delivery shattered Asalanka's stumps, disrupting Sri Lanka's progress. 

The Lankan skipper then forged a partnership of 69 runs with Liyanage, reaching his fifty off 67 balls before Taskin Ahmed dismissed him. 

Taskin continued to trouble Sri Lanka, claiming the wicket of Wanindu Hasaranga (13) caught at deep third, followed by Liton Das's catch off his bowling to dismiss Maheesh Theekshana (1).

 Shoriful Islam further hindered Sri Lanka's innings by getting Liyanage caught behind on the first ball of the 47th over, before removing both Pramod Madushan (8) and Dilshan Madhushanka (0), ultimately bowling Sri Lanka out for 255.

Chasing 256 for victory, the Tigers got off to a disastrous start as openers Liton Das (0) and Soumya Sarkar (3), along with the dynamic middle-order batter Towhid Hridoy (3), departed in quick succession, leaving the hosts reeling at 23/3. 

This early setback was courtesy of a brilliant new ball spell from Dilshan Madushanka and Pramod Madushan. Madushanka, the left-arm pacer, accounted for both openers, while Madushan dismissed Hridoy with an angled delivery. 

With Bangladesh in a precarious position, skipper Shanto and Mahmudullah (37) formed a crucial partnership of 69 runs for the fourth wicket, stabilizing the innings. However, the partnership was broken by Lahiru Kumara, who removed Mahmudullah for 37. 

Despite this setback, Najmul and Mushfiqur Rahim denied Sri Lanka the victory , forging a match-winning partnership of 165 runs for the fifth wicket. This partnership ensured an easy chase for the Bangla Tigers, who reached the target with 32 balls to spare.

Shanto, who had struggled in the BPL 2024, roared back to shut his critics with an unbeaten 122 off 129 balls, featuring 13 fours and two sixes, marking a career-best performance.

 Meanwhile, veteran Mushfiqur Rahim played a perfect second fiddle, crafting an elegant innings of 73 runs from 84 deliveries, embellished with eight boundaries.