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Asia Cup: Mushfiqur hits hundred as Tigers thrash Lanka

MNA Sports Desk: Mushfiqur Rahim hit 144 as Bangladesh thrashed Sri Lanka by 137 runs in the opening match of the Asia Cup in Dubai, reported news agency.

Lasith Malinga struck twice in the first over to leave the Tigers 1-2, but Mushfiqur’s sixth ODI century took them to 261 all out from 49.3 overs.

Sri Lanka were 124 all out in the 36th over, Dilruwan Perera (29) top-scoring.

The second match of the competition sees Hong Kong, who are yet to beat a major nation in their 24 ODI matches since 2004, face Pakistan on Sunday.

Bangladesh’s problems worsened at the end of the next over when Tamim Iqbal was forced to retire hurt after being hit on the wrist by a delivery from Suranga Lakmal.

But Mushfiqur, dropped on 10 and 85, added 131 with Mohammad Mithun (63) and reached his hundred in the 44th over.

When Mustafizur was out in the 47th over, Tamim returned to bat with one hand, allowing Mushfiqur to hit successive sixes and make his highest ODI score before he was superbly caught on the boundary to end the innings with three deliveries unused, Malinga finishing with 4-23.

Brief Scores:

Bangladesh: 261 (49.3 overs): Mushfiqur 144, Malinga 4-23

Sri Lanka: 124 (35.2 overs): D Perera 29, Mustafizur 2-20

Bangladesh won by 137 runs

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