Sri Lanka and Bangladesh bring the curtain up on the Asia Cup in Dubai, a key build-up tournament for the 2019 World Cup. Catch all the action live here from our Cheif Cricket Writer K.R. Nayar:
Sri Lanka’s 1st wicket falls, Mustafizur Rahman removes BKG Mendis for a duck, Lanka reach 22 for 1 at the end of 2nd over.
Sri Lankan innings begin, openers Upul Tharanga and Kusal Mendis come out to bat.
And that’s the end of the Bangladesh innings. They were all out for 261, thanks to a brilliant 144 runs by Mushfiqur Rahim.
Mushfiqur Rahim of Bangladesh celebrate after completing his century. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
Scoreboard after Bangladesh’s innings
Tamim Iqbal not out 2
Liton Das c Mendis b Malinga 0
Shakib Al Hasan b Malinga 0
Mushfiqur Rahim c Mendis b Perera 144
Mohammad Mithun c M Perera b Malinga 63
Mahmudullah c de Silva b Aponso 1
Mosaddek Hossain c M Perera b Malinga 1
Mehidy Hasan c and b Lakmal 15
Mashrafe Mortaza c Tharanga b de Silva 11
Rubel Hossain lbw b de Silva 2
Mustafizur Rahman run out 10
Extras: (lb4, nb1, w7) 12
Total: (all out; 49.3 overs) 261
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Das), 2-1 (Shakib), 3-134 (Mithun), 4-136 (Mahmudullah), 5-142 (Hossain), 6-175 (Hasan), 7-195 (Mortaza), 8-203 (Hossain), 9-229 (Mustafizur)
Bowling: Malinga 10-2-23-4 (nb1, w3) Lakmal 10-0-46-1 (w1) Aponso 9-0-55-1, T. Perera 7.3-0-51-1 (w1) , M. Perera 3-0-25-0, D. de Silva 7-0-38-2 (w1), M Shanaka 3-0-19-0
Mustafizur Rahman is run out for 10 in the 47th over. Bangladesh reach 229 for 9. Injured Tamim Iqbal has walked in at No. 11 and is batting with only one hand.
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal comes out to bat as the last batsman with a fractured wrist. Real act of bravery and dedication— K.R. Nayar (@KRNayar1) September 15, 2018
Mushfiqur Rahim scores his sixth ODI ton. Bangladesh reach 219 for 8 wickets at the end of 45th over.
Mushfiqur Rahim scores his sixth ODI century and gets a standing ovation from the crowd . He is now batting on 106 off 125 balls— K.R. Nayar (@KRNayar1) September 15, 2018
Bangladeshi batsman Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot during the match. AFP
Bangladesh reach 195 for 7 at the end of over number 40 as Dhananjaya de Silva gets the wicket of Mashrafe Mortaza for 11.
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal is out of the Asia Cup after fracturing his left wrist in the second over against Sri Lanka. He would be out of action for atleast six weeks .— K.R. Nayar (@KRNayar1) September 15, 2018
Mushfiqur Rahim of Bangladesh and Lasith Malinga watch as Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews drops a difficult catch. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
Lakmal removes Mehidy Hasan Miraz in the 34th over, as Bangladesh lose their 6th wicket at the score of 176.
Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka celebrates his fourth wicket after getting Bangladesh’s Mosaddek Hossain. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
Bangladesh lose two quick wickets in consecutive overs, Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain are back to the pavilion, reach 142 for 5 in 28th over.
Bangladeshi fans cheer their team during the opening match of Asia Cup 2018 against Sri Lanka at Dubai cricket stadium. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
Malinga strikes again to break the 131 runs partnership in 23.3 overs by getting out Mohammad Mithun out for 63— K.R. Nayar (@KRNayar1) September 15, 2018
Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga, second right, celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Bangladesh’s Mohammad Mithun. AP
Bangladesh reach 134 for 2 in the 25th over.
Mushfiqur Rahim too completes his half century in in 67 balls and Bangladesh are in a strong position at 113 for 2 in 22 overs— K.R. Nayar (@KRNayar1) September 15, 2018
Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim bats during the match. AP
Bangladesh reach the 100 run mark in 19.3 over losing two wickets. Mohammad Mithun completes his 50 in 52 balls.— K.R. Nayar (@KRNayar1) September 15, 2018
Bangladesh’s Mohammad Mithun plays a shot. AP
Bangladesh reach 70 for 2 at the end of 16th over, with Mohammad Mithun batting 40 not out and Mushfiqur Rahim at 25 not out.
Bangladesh reach 50 for 2 in the 13th over. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun carefully building up the innings.
Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot. AP
Bangladesh is 36 for 2 at the end of 11th over.
Bangladesh is 15 for 2 at the end of 7th over.
Bangladesh would have been 6 for 3 had Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews not dropped Mohammad Mithun at mid wicket off deadly Malinga— K.R. Nayar (@KRNayar1) September 15, 2018
Oh, bad news for Bangladesh fans. Tamim Iqbal is walking back due to injury, was hit by a Lakmal delivery on his left wrist. Team physio reaches to him, and he is retiring hurt.
Sri Lanka’s veteran pacer Lasith Malina strikes in the first over taking two wickets in the fifth and sixth ball. What a sensational start. Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan are out for ducks.
Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
Sri Lanka’s veteran pacer Lasith Malina strikes in the first over taking two wickets with the fifth and sixth ball of the first over of the Asia Cup. What a sensational start. Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan are out for ducks— K.R. Nayar (@KRNayar1) September 15, 2018
Asia Cup has commenced, with Bangladesh winning the toss and electing to bat against Sri Lanka in the opening match at the Dubai International stadium.
Sri Lanka: 1 Dhananjaya de Silva, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Kusal Perera (wk), 4 Kusal Mendis, 5 Angelo Mathews (capt), 6 Thisara Perera, 7 Dasun Shanaka, 8 Dilruwan Perera, 9 Suranga Lakmal, 10 Amila Aponso, 11 Lasith Malinga
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Liton Das, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Mosaddek Hossain, 7 Mohammad Mithun, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 9 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA) and Chettithody Shamshuddin (IND)
TV umpire: Gregory Brathwaite (WIS)
Match referee: David Boon (AUS)
Asia Cup commences. Bangladesh win the toss and elect to bat against Sri Lanka in the opening match at the Dubai International stadium— K.R. Nayar (@KRNayar1) September 15, 2018
There are six national teams vying for glory in the Unimoni Asia Cup for two weeks — Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Hong Kong.
The games kicked off on Saturday.