Shanaka, Thisara and Kusal star in record Sri Lanka chase

Thisara Perera will look to ensure Sri Lanka's second series win on the trot against Bangladesh

Sri Lanka won the Test series 1-0 and will now be eyeing to emulate their performance in game's shortest format.

The first T20 global between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka witnessed the highest ever total by Bangladesh in a T20 worldwide (T20I).

Bangladesh though pulled back things with the wickets of Mendis, Upul Tharanga (4) and Niroshan Dickwella (11) but any chances of them getting a hold of the game was put off by an unbeaten 65 run stand from Thisara Perera (39 not out) and Dasun Shanaka (42 not out) as Sri Lanka reached the target easily in the 17th over with six wickets in hand.

Kusal Mendis, a last-minute inclusion in the T20I squad, smacked 53 off 27 to spearhead the chase.

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It was the 18-year-old Hossains first ever victim in global cricket, and as one of four debutants in an experimental Bangladesh line-up, he was not alone in enduring a tough day with the ball.

Batsman Mahmudullah, who captained Bangladesh in the Test series in Shakib's absence, will also fill in as skipper for the T20 opener.

Left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam took 22-5 on his T20 debut for Bangladesh. Instead the two openers, alongside the two unbeaten batsmen Dasun Shanaka (42 off 24 balls) and Thisara Perera (39 off 18 balls), played some smart cricket to put the inexperienced home side bowling to the sword and finished the chase with a healthy 3.2 overs to spare. Sky Sports in the United Kingdom and SLRC will have the live coverage in Sri Lanka from 4 PM India time onwards. Mendis may have alighted on his flawless position in the order, and across all formats.

The second match of the series will be held in Sylhet on Sunday.

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