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Asia Cup 2018

Mushfiq and Mithun keep the score ticking





Photo: © Cricfrenzy

||Desk Report||

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. He has been taken to the hospital to have an x-ray on his injured wrist.

Following Tamim’s departure, Mushfiqur Rahim took a cautious approach while Mohammad Mithun got favored by luck in the beginning of his innings. Together they have now restored the innings with a crucial 110-run partnership. Each of the batsmen has picked up a half-century as well.



Ban – 113/2 (22 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