Mashrafe to retire from T20Is after Sri Lanka series

Kusal Perera helmed a composed Sri Lankan chase as the hosts clinched a six-wicket victory in the opening Twenty20 global with Bangladesh in Colombo.

Sri Lanka included Kusal Perera, who missed the one-day worldwide series due to injury in the team.

Bangladeshi bowler Mashrafe Mortaza, right, completes a catch to dismiss Sri Lanka's Dilshan Munaweera during the first Twenty20 cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

The opening wicket stand of 65 in 6.5 overs between Perera and skipper Upul Tharanga set the tone for Sri Lanka. With 7 wickets in hand, Bangladesh never really had a chance from there.

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Mosaddek Hossain top-scored with an unbeaten 34 - off 30 deliveries - to help revive the innings, putting on a 57-run sixth-wicket partnership with Mahmudullah (31 off 26), who ultimately became Malinga's second yorked victim.

However, the inspirational leader will continue to lead Bangladesh in one-day internationals - a format in which the Tigers have made giant strides over the last three years under his stewardship.

However, Sri Lanka were comfortably placed at 120 for 3 in the 16th over.

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.

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Earlier, Bangladesh managed to post a decent score of 155 for 6 after Mashrafe had won the toss. From there, Bangladesh will head to England to play the Champions Trophy in June.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza announced his retirement from T20I cricket on Tuesday.

"This is high time for me to say good-bye to T20 format so that many youngsters can get the opportunity to showcase their talent and thus Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) can nurture them for the future".

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