MNA Sports Desk: Opener Kusal Perera hammered 77 off 53 balls to lead Sri Lanka to a six-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first match of a two-game T20 series in Colombo on Tuesday.
Chasing a modest total of 156, Kusal and skipper Upul Tharanga (24) made 65 in 6.5 overs to set the Lions the perfect platform.
Earlier, Bangladesh managed to post a decent score of 155 for 6 after Mashrafe had won the toss.
His plans were dealt a blow by Lasith Malinga in the second ball of the game as he made his return from injury with an unplayable delivery that uprooted Tamim’s middle stump.
Mosaddek Hossain and Mahmudullah then made another 57-run partnership to help the visitors make a defendable total.