Spinner do the job for Sri Lanka is final game of competition.
Sri Lanka bowled a tight line and length to restrict Bangladesh to a modest 204-9 in their last league match of the Asia Cup in Dhaka on Thursday.
Spinners Ashan Priyanjan (2-11) and Ajantha Mendis (2-55) put the brakes on after Bangladesh won the toss and made a promising start, before Thisara Perera (2-29) and Suranga Lakmal (2-32) wrapped up the middle and lower order.
Opener Anamul Haque, who scored a brilliant hundred in Bangladesh’s highest one-day score of 326-3 against Pakistan on Tuesday, was once again the mainstay of the batting with a 86-ball 49.
Anamul and Shamsur Rahman (39) gave the home team a solid 74-run start before Mendis struck twice, dismissing Shamsur and Mominul Haque (one) in the 18th over.
Anamul hit two boundaries and a six during his 86-ball knock while Shamsur’s 57-ball innings included six hits to the fence.
Nasir Hossain (30) and Mohammad Mahmudullah (30) shared an innings-repairing sixth wicket stand of 55 to give the total some respectability.
Shakib Al Hasan made 20.
The match will not affect the competition because Sri Lanka and Pakistan have already qualified for Saturday’s final.
India and Afghanistan were the other two teams in the competition.
Scoreboard after Bangladesh’s innings in the Asia Cup match against Sri Lanka played at Sher-e-Bangla stadium on Thursday.
Anamul Haque c Thirimanne b Priyanjan 49
Shamsur Rahman lbw b Mendis 39
Mominul Haque b Mendis 1
Mushfiqur Rahim lbw b de Silva 4
Shakib Al Hasan c Mathews b Priyanjan 20
Nasir Hossain c Jayawardene b Lakmal 30
Mohammad Mahmudullah b Lakmal 30
Ziaur Rahman b Thisara 12
Arafat Sunny not out 2
Rubel Hossain b Thisara 0
Al-Amin Hossain not out 0
Extras: (b4, lb3, w10) 17
Total: (for nine wkts; 50 overs) 204
Fall of wickets: 1-74 (Shamsur), 2-76 (Haque), 3-87 (Rahim), 4-106 (Anamul), 5-119 (Shakib), 6-174 (Mahmudullah), 7-183 (Nasir), 8-203 (Rahman), 9-203 (Hossain)
Bowling: Lakmal 10-0-32-2 (1w), Thisara 8-0-29-2 (1w), Senanayake 10-1-37-0 (2w), de Silva 10-0-33-1, Mendis 9-0-55-2 (6w), Priyanjan 3-0-11-2
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (capt), Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Ashan Priyanjan, Ajantha Mendis, Sachithra Senanayake, Chaturanga de Silva, Suranga Lakmal.
Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZL) and Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
TV umpire: Ahsan Raza (PAK)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)