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16 Sep 2018

Asia Cup 2018: Discussion points as Bangladesh humiliate Sri Lanka

Bangladesh thrash Lanka in Asia Cup 2018 opener

Bangladesh thrashed Sri Lanka by 137 runs to win their Group B opener of the Asia Cup 2018 on Saturday.

Mushfiqur Rahman's 144 made the difference as the Tigers easily defended their total of 261.

For Lanka, Lasith Malinga's 4/23 wasn't enough in the end, as a disastrous show with the bat led to their downfall.

Here are the discussion points.

In context

Bangladesh thrash Lanka in Asia Cup 2018 opener
Mortaza leads show as Fizz is back to his best

Bowling

Mortaza leads show as Fizz is back to his best

The collective show, by the Bangladeshi bowlers, was a treat to watch.

Led by skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, the Bangladeshi bowlers were far superior than their Lankan counterparts.

Mustafizur Rahman, in particular, deserves special mention. He looked completely fit and was lethal with the ball.

The duo of Mortaza and Rahman picked 4 wickets between them as the others chipped in.

Malinga

Veteran Malinga is still a champion bowler

Lasith Malinga showed why he is still a champion bowler in the white ball format.

Malinga may not be bearing the pace he used to, but his experience came into play yesterday.

He set the stage with two early wickets and also got the dangerous Mohammad Mithun (63).

He became the leading wicket-taker in Asia Cup (32).

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Rahim plays the best ODI innings of his life

ODIs

Rahim plays the best ODI innings of his life

Bangladesh's old horse Mushfiqur Rahim (144) played the best ODI innings of his life.

When the chips were down, he shared a 131-run stand with Mithun.

In the end, he picked up the tempo to help Bangladesh post a competitive total.

Rahim dominated the show after scoring 55.17% of runs out of Bangladesh's total.

His innings was laced with 11 fours and 4 sixes.

Lack of intent from Lanka a worrying sign

Overall, Lankans were timid with no actual intent. They were sloppy on the field and dropped catches. No Lankan batsman displayed any desire to play long. They made bizarre review calls. In short, Lankans need to shake up the system.

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