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Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka, 1st T20I: Video Highlights, Scorecard & Report

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 20:  Thisara Perera of Sri Lanka bowls during the second One-Day International (ODI ) match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium on December 20, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
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Lee WalkerUK Managing EditorFebruary 12, 2014

Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by two runs in a thrilling first T20 International in Chittagong.

The hosts won the toss and elected to field at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium but were only able to restrict the visitors to 168-7 in their 20 overs.

In reply, the Tigers came perilously close and needed three off the final delivery, but Anamul Haque was caught and bowled by Thisara Perera.

Sri Lanka lost veteran opener Tillakaratne Dilshan for a duck in the first over when he was clean bowled by Mashrafe Mortaza.

They lost wickets at regular intervals, including Kumar Sangakkara—the man of the series in the Tests—for 11, but Kusal Perera kept the scoring ticking over.

The 23-year-old left-hander hit seven boundaries and a six in his 64 off 44 balls before being the fifth wicket to fall in the 14th over.

However, some big hitting from Nuwan Kulasekara, who struck 31 off 21 balls, boosted the visiting total.

Sri Lanka: 168 for 7 (20 overs)
K Perera c A Haque b Arafat Sunny 64 65 44
Dilshan b Mortaza 0 3
Chandimal c Reza b Shakib 18 18 15
Sangakkara c Nasir Hossain b Shakib 11 3 6
Prasanna c Nasir Hossain b Arafat Sunny 4 7 4
Mathews run out (Ali) 11 24 11
T Perera not out 19 23 16
N Kulasekara c Rahman b Mortaza 31 16 21
Senanayake not out 0 0
Extras 0nb 3w 0b 7lb 10
Mortaza4 0 43 2
Gazi3 0 29 0
Rubel Hossain4 0 27 0
Shakib4 0 27 2
Arafat Sunny3 0 17 2
Reza2 0 18 0

Bangladesh made a strong start to their innings with a 52-run opening partnership between Tamim Iqbal and Shamsur Rahman.

Rahman (22) and Iqbal (30) went in consecutive overs, but Shakib Al Hasan (26) and Nasir Hossain (16) also made better than a run-a-ball contributions as Anamul Haque anchored the innings.

They needed 36 off the final three overs but lost debutant Mithun Ali for a first ball duck and were left requiring 17 off the final over.

Haque hit three boundaries to move to 58 off 44 balls but failed to dispatch a full toss off the final ball to the fence, hitting it straight up in the air as the hosts fell short.

Bangladesh: 166 for 7 (20 overs)
Tamim Iqbal c Mathews b T Perera 30 34 25
Rahman c and b A Mendis 22 27 15
A Haque c and b T Perera 58 68 45
Shakib b N Kulasekara 26 20 17
Nasir Hossain c T Perera b Malinga 16 14 13
Ali c Mathews b N Kulasekara 0 2 1
Reza run out (T Perera) 7 14 5
Gazi not out 0 4 0
Extras 1nb 1w 1b 4lb 7
Malinga4 0 34 1
N Kulasekara4 0 29 2
Senanayake3 0 21 0
A Mendis4 0 29 1
T Perera4 0 42 2
Prasanna1 0 6 0

The teams meet in the second and final match of the series on Friday.

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