The first ODI of the three-match series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka was played on May 23 at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Kaa. Host Bangladesh won by 33 runs. Mushfiqur Rahim, who was named Man of the Match, said it was not easy to bat after the match. Mushfiqur scored 84 off 87 balls and hit four boundaries and a six. Also, Mushfiqur said he was not Kieran Pollard or Andre Russell and would take the time to make big shots after the wicket.
Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by 33 runs in the first ODI
After the match, he said, “This wicket is not easy to bat.” When Shakib Al Hasan and Linton Das were out early, we were under pressure. Tamim Iqbal batted well and gave me time to get set and after that Riyadbhai (Mahmudullah) did a fantastic batting. I’m not a tall cricketer like Pollard and Russell. I saved my energy and took my time. ‘
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He added, ‘I had to stick to one end. Riyadh Bhai and Afif gave a nice finishing touch. It’s not easy to play in these conditions, where there is not only heat but also plenty of humidity, all credit goes to the players. Speaking of the match, Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat first and scored 257 for six in 50 overs. Tamim scored 52 and Mahmudullah scored 54. Dhananjay de Silva took three wickets. In response, Sri Lanka were all out for 224 in 48.1 overs. Mehdi Hasan took four and Mustafizur Rahman took three. Bangladesh have taken a 1-0 lead in the series. The next match will be played on May 25 at the same venue.