The Asia Cup 2018 started with the toss ahead of its opening game between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Winning the toss Bangladesh chose to bat first on the batting-friendly track of the Dubai International Stadium. However, the Tigers stumbled in the very beginning as Lasith Malinga started firing on all cylinders to mark his comeback. The pacer collected a brace in the last two deliveries of the first over, dismissing Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan for a duck.
Tamim Iqbal, too, retired hurt in the second over, adding to the miseries of the Mashrafe-led men. He missed the line and hurt his left wrist while trying to play a pull against Lakmal.
Tamim was nursing an injury on his right hand that he sustained during the Asia Cup-preparation camp on August 28.
Angelo Mathews’ mistake coupled with a no-ball in the fifth over, kept Mohammad Mithun from adding another scalp to Malinga’s tally and turning their start into a shakier one.
Mushfiqur Rahim is currently on the crease alongside Mithun. They will now try to restore the innings and take the Tigers to a safer position.
Ban – 40/2 (12 Overs)
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera(w), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews(c), Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Amila Aponso, Dilruwan Perera
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman