With Ashraful’s 75, The Banglas power to 260 in 50 overs
This Idea cup started of with a fantastic batting performance of The Banglas in Shere–Bangla stadium in Mirpur,Dhaka. The Lankan skipper Kumar Ssangakkara started off the series by winning the toss and chosing to bowl first.
He opening pair looked in a good touch today as Tamim Iqbal and his other partner Kayes. But Kayes soon fell to end the partnership of 65 runs with Kulasekara’s wicket.
As soon as Mohd Ashraful came in and started getting in touch soon a wicket fell in the other end. Then wickets started tumbling as the both “Al-Hasan” i.e skipper Shakib and Raqib got out cheply to the young boy Suranga Lakmal.
It was a good chance for the wicket keeper Mushfiq Rahim to score runs and give partner to Ashraf. But with a good cameo he ended his innings of 35 with the spin of Lakmal.
Mahmudullah too got a good chance and he too gave a good stand with Ashraf. He too ended his innings for 45 with the same spin of Suraj Randiv.
Now it was the time to start thrashing as batting powerplay was already on.
Ashraful attempted it but failed and was dismissed for 75 in the 49th over. As closing in to the 50th over it was to to aim for 250 with Naeem Islam and Abdur Rassak on the 22 yard.
It was- unexpected in the 50th over. It was 240 for 7 and the beautiful bowler Lakmal was introduced. The 1st ball itself was thrashed for a four by Islam.
He scored 2 awesome sixes in the next 2 balls and on the 4th ball mis-attempted it but came back for 2 runs. Next ball was a single and the last ball was run for again a couple to comfortably end their innings for 260. Fantastic enuf but low target set for the Lankans for whom 414 was too was not enough.
Lets see if Banglas came turn it over.