Sri Lanka escape with narrow win

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Sri Lanka cut it very fine in Chittagong on Wednesday, winning the first T20 against Bangladesh by just two runs after Anamul Haque's last-gasp half ton nearly saw the Tigers home.

Sri Lanka cut it very fine in Chittagong on Wednesday, winning the first T20 against Bangladesh by just two runs after Anamul Haque's last-gasp half ton nearly saw the Tigers home.

Sri Lanka scored 168 for seven in their 20 overs, thanks to a top order half ton from Kusal Perera. The Tigers then looked out of it for the most part until Anamul's 58 almost saw them win. They needed three off the last ball, but instead Anamul's wicket fell.

Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bowl first, and soon got a wicket. Tillakaratne Dilshan was out for a duck to Mashrafe Mortaza. Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal then pushed the score to 61, before the former fell for 18.

He was removed by Shakib-al-Hasan, who also removed Kumar Sangakkara cheaply. Meanwhile, Kusal kept plugging away, until be was well caught by Anamul. The score over 150 was thanks to Nuwan Kulasekara's 31 not out.

The Tigers' chase got off to a flyer as the first wicket pairing put on a half century in six overs, but then Shamsur Rahman was out for 22 off 15 balls. Tamim Iqbal made 30 before being caught by Mathews.

The wickets then fell regularly until the hosts were 134 for five, and this was when Anamul really got going. He scored his half ton in the final over, in which the hosts needed 17 to win, but they could only manage 14 of those.

Bangladesh: Anamul Haque, Arafat Sunny, Farhad Reza, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mithun Ali, Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Sohag Gazi, Tamim Iqbal

Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Kushal Perera, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Kumar Sangakkara, Sachithra Senanayake

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