Kusal Mendis' 74 off 48 after Kusal Perera's 57 off 30 followed by a late 32-run cameo of Upul Tharanga helped the hosts amass the huge total of 214 for six at R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo on Saturday. Invited to bat after a drizzle delayed the toss by 15 minutes, Sri lanka were off to a flying start with Mendis putting on 56 runs for the opening wicket with Danushka Gunathilaka (26). The hosts will play in without their regular captain Dinesh Chanidimal against India on 12th March and against Bangladesh on March 16. Nuwan Pradeep trapped Das lbw to earn a breakthrough for Sri Lanka but Mushfiqur, who hit four sixes and five fours, batted with objective to force an outcome which meant all three teams in the tournament have one win each.
But a win tomorrow would take India to the top, dislodging the Lankans.
In what came as only the fourth highest successful chase in T20 internationals, Bangladesh stunned Sri Lanka by chasing down 215.
After an indifferent Test series against the Proteas, Dhawan found his mojo back at the start of the limited-overs leg in South Africa, which can be ascertained from his sequence of scores in the last five T20 - 55, 90, 47, 24, 72. Tamim and Liton gave us a good start. Thisara Perera has been named as stand-in captain. Sri Lanka bowled as many as 4 overs less in the stipulated time. It is also a must-win game for Bangladesh as another loss will make it very hard for them to make the final on 18 March.
Captain and part-time spinner Mahmudullah Riyad checked the run flow with two wickets in an over, claiming Mendis and Dasun Shanaka (0), both batsmen caught by Sabbir Rahman.
Nuwan Pradeep, in his four overs, took two Bangladeshi wickets for an expensive 37 runs. Meanwhile, Perera continued his onslaught on the Bangladesh bowlers, and was mostly dealing in boundaries.