Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza quits Twenty20 cricket

Apr 05, 2017, 01:30
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza quits Twenty20 cricket

Kusal Perera struck a quick-fire half century to steer Sri Lanka to a six-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first of their two-match Twenty20 global series in Colombo on Tuesday. Sri Lanka eased to a comfortable 6-wicket win in the first T20I at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh's limited-overs captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza on Tuesday announced his retirement from Twenty20 worldwide cricket after the ongoing two-match series against Sri Lanka.

Bangladeshi bowler Mashrafe Mortaza, right, completes a catch to dismiss Sri Lanka's Dilshan Munaweera during the first Twenty20 cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Sri Lanka then quickly set about their target with Perera and skipper Upul Tharanga (24 off 23) sharing in a 65-run opening stand inside the opening seven overs.

However, Sri Lanka were comfortably placed at 120 for 3 in the 16th over. Some promotional offers make it possible to watch the all-cricket network, including Tuesday's Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh first T20 cricket match.

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Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 1 T20 is scheduled for 7 pm local time (7 pm IST, 7:30 pm Bangladesh time).

Lasith Malinga claimed 2-38 in his comeback match after weeks of injury lay-off. With Shakib Al Hasan (11) too failing, cameos from Mosaddek Hossain (34 not out) and Mahmudullah (31), helped Bangladesh post 155 for six in the 20 overs.

"This is going to be my last T20 series for Bangladesh", Mortaza said at the toss. From there, Bangladesh will head to England to play the Champions Trophy in June.

Mashrafe is Bangladesh's senior-most cricketer having debuted at the age of 18 in 2001, barely a year after they had been granted Test status.

The second Twenty20, and final match of the Bangladesh tour, will be played on Thursday.

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