Bangladesh ride on Tamim
Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal has achieved another milestone in the international cricket as he became the first Bangladeshi batsman to cross 10,000 international runs in all three formats.
He made the milestone during the first ODI of the 3-match series against Sri Lanka at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium today.
Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga decided to bowl in the first ODI against Bangladesh in Dambulla. Bangladesh's captain Mashrafe Mortaza said they would have batted first, so the toss result did not make much of a difference.
The dashing opener Tamim Iqbal hit his eighth century in the ODI career scoring 112 runs at Dambulla while Shakib Al Hasan scored 72 runs.
Bangladesh handed an ODI debut to Mehedi Hasan, who had impressed in his seven Tests, while Mushfiqur Rahim slotted back in as wicketkeeper in place of Nurul Hasan, who had played Bangladesh's previous ODI in December.
Sri Lanka were without Niroshan Dickwella, who was suspended, and his place went to Dinesh Chandimal. They also included Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera and Lakshan Sandakan in their XI.
Sri Lanka have lost the last three ODIs, while this fixture is Bangladesh's first in Dambulla since 2010, when they were crushed in all three Asia Cup games.
Sri Lanka: 1 Danushka Gunathilaka, 2 Upul Tharanga (capt), 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Dinesh Chandimal (wk), 5 Asela Gunaratne, 6 Milinda Siriwardana, 7 Sachith Pathirana, 9 Thisara Perera, 9 Suranga Lakmal, 10 Lahiru Kumara, 11 Lakshan Sandakan
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Mosaddek Hossain, 8 Mehedi Hasan, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
With espncricinfo and BSS input