Pacemen shine in Sri Lankan win

Bogra, February 20:

Sri Lankan pacemen Ruchira Perera and Farveez Maharoof starred in a five-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first one-day international.

Left-armer Perera returned career-best figures of 3-23 and Maharoof bagged 3-30 to help skittle Bangladesh for a meagre 118 in 35.5 overs. Sri Lanka reached their target with 25.5 overs to spare. Captain Mahela Jayawardene (37 not out) and Kumar Sangakkara (50) made the task easy before some quick wickets fell towards the end.

For Bangladesh, former skipper Khaled Mahmud was the only batsman to offer resistance, making 36 in his last international appearance. Only two others, Aftab Ahmed (21) and Alok Kapali (19 not out), reached double-figures.

Maharoof had opener Shahriar Nafees and Mohammad Ashraful caught behind and trapped Rajin Saleh leg-before with one that came in sharply.

Ahmed gifted the first wicket to Perara who then dismissed Khaled Mashud as Bangladesh were reduced to 37-5. Dilhara Fernando removed captain Habibul Bashar to make it 51-6 before Mahmud and veteran Mohammad Rafique figured in a 31-run stand for the seventh wicket.

Fernando and left-arm spinner Sanath Jayasuriya finished with two wickets each. The second match will be played on Wednesday.