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Bangladesh reach 133 for four

Bangladesh reached 133 for four in 26 overs after electing to bat first in the second One-Day International of the Asia Cup tournament here at the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.

The same surface that was used for the curtain-raiser of the tournament between Sri Lanka and Pakistan on Tuesday was used for this match as well and expecting more assistance for spin bowlers later in the day, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan elected to bat first.

Bangladesh got off to a flying start, as openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes added 35 runs in just 17 balls for the first wicket.

Tamim in particular was looking solid, having hit two boundaries and a six in his 22 before falling to Praveen Kumar.

Mohammad Ashraful, recalled to the side, maintained the momentum as he added 46 runs for the second wicket with Kayes in 63 balls. A notable feature during the Bangladeshi innings was that there wasn’t at least one single scored in the first 10 overs.

Both Ashraful and Kayes fell in quick succession with Ashish Nehra claiming both wickets.

Captain Shakib Al Hasan also fell soon with the total on 100, but Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah extended the score up to 134 in the 26th over.

Brief Scores:

Bangladesh 134/4 (26)

(Tamim Iqbal 22, Imrul Kayes 37, Mohammad Ashraful 20, Ashish Nehra 2/28) (RC)

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