Rubel Hossain of Bangladesh celebrate with team mates the wicket of Lankan captain Angelo Mathews. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh bring the curtain up on the Asia Cup in Dubai, a key build-up tournament for the 2019 World Cup. Catch all the action as it happened below from our Cheif Cricket Writer K.R. Nayar:

Read the full match report here: Bangladesh best Sri Lanka in Asia Cup opener


Bangladesh overpowered five-time champions Sri Lanka by 137 runs to provide a dramatic opening to the 14th edition of the Unimoni Asia Cup at the Dubai International stadium. 

Bangladesh players clebrate after defeating Sri Lanka in the opening match of Unimoni Asia Cup 2018 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News


Bangladesh innings

Tamim Iqbal Not Out   2
Liton Das c Kusal Mendis b Lasith Malinga 0
Shakib Al Hasan b Lasith Malinga  0
Mushfiqur Rahim c Kusal Mendis b Thisara Perera 144
Mohammad Mithun c Kusal Perera b Lasith Malinga 63
Mahmudullah c Dhananjaya de Silva b Amila Aponso 1
Mosaddek Hossain c Kusal Perera b Lasith Malinga 1
Mehedi Hasan c&b Suranga Lakmal  15
Mashrafe Mortaza c Upul Tharanga b Dhananjaya de Silva 11
Rubel Hossain lbw Dhananjaya de Silva  2
Mustafizur Rahman Run Out Kusal Mendis  10
Extras 0b 4lb 1nb 0pen 7w  12
Total (49.3 overs)  261 all out 

Fall of Wickets: 1-1 Das, 2-1 Al Hasan, 3-134 Ali, 4-136 Mahmudullah, 5-142 Saikat, 6-175 Miraz, 7-195 Mortaza, 8-203 Hossain, 9-229 Rahman, 10-261 Rahim

Bowling Ov Md Rn Wk Econ Ex
Lasith Malinga 10 2 23 4 2.30 3w 1nb
Suranga Lakmal 10 0 46 1 4.60 1w
Amila Aponso 9 0 55 1 6.11
Thisara Perera 7.3 0 51 1 6.80 1w
Dilruwan Perera 3 0 25 0 8.33
Dhananjaya de Silva 7 0 38 2 5.43 1w
Dasun Shanaka 3 0 19 0 6.33

Sri Lanka innings

Upul Tharanga b Mashrafe Mortaza  27
Kusal Mendis lbw Mustafizur Rahman  0
Kusal Perera lbw Mehedi Hasan  11
Dhananjaya de Silva lbw Mashrafe Mortaza  0
Angelo Mathews lbw Rubel Hossain  16
Dasun Shanaka Run Out Shakib Al Hasan 7
Thisara Perera c Rubel Hossain b Mehedi Hasan 6
Dilruwan Perera st Liton Das b Mosaddek Hossain 29
Suranga Lakmal b Mustafizur Rahman  20
Amila Aponso c (Sub) b Shakib Al Hasan 4
Lasith Malinga Not Out  3
Extras 0b 1lb 0nb 0pen 0w  1
Total (35.2 overs)  124 all out 

Fall of Wickets: 1-22 Mendis, 2-28 Tharanga, 3-32 de Silva, 4-38 Perera, 5-60 Shanaka, 6-63 Mathews, 7-69 Perera, 8-96 Lakmal, 9-120 Perera, 10-124 Aponso

Bowling Ov Md Rn Wk Econ Ex
Mashrafe Mortaza 6 2 25 2 4.17
Mustafizur Rahman 6 0 20 2 3.33
Mehedi Hasan 7 1 21 2 3.00
Shakib Al Hasan 9.2 0 31 1 3.32
Rubel Hossain 4 0 18 1 4.50
Mosaddek Hossain 3 0 8 1 2.67

Toss: Bangladesh
Umpires: Marais Erasmus and Chettithody Shamsuddin
Match Referee: David Boon


Sri Lanka reach 113 for 8 at the end of 33rd over.


RAS Lakmal is clean bowled by Mustafizur Rahman for 20. Sri Lanka reach 96 for 8 at the end of 26th over.

Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh (centre) celebrate the wicket of Sri Lankan batsman Suranga Lakmal. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News


Sri Lanka is in big trouble,  lose their 7th wicket in the 19th over, reach 69.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz of Bangladesh celebrate the run out of Sri Lankan batsman Madagamagamage Dasun Shanaka. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News


Sri Lanka is 62 for 5 at the end of 17th over.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz of Bangladesh celebrate the wicket of Sri Lankan batsman Thisara Perera. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News


Bangladesh's Mehidy Hasan, third right facing camera, celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera8. AP


Sri Lanka lose two quick wickets, reach 32 for 3 at the end of 5th over. Mashrafe Mortaza bagged two wickets.

Sri Lankan batsman Upul Tharanga dismissed by Mashrafe Mortaza. AFP


Sri Lanka's 1st wicket falls, Mustafizur Rahman removes BKG Mendis for a duck, Lanka reach 22 for 1 at the end of 2nd over.


Sri Lankan innings begin, openers Upul Tharanga and Kusal Mendis come out to bat.



And that's the end of the Bangladesh innings.  They were all out for 261, thanks to a brilliant  144 runs by Mushfiqur Rahim.

Mushfiqur Rahim of Bangladesh celebrate after completing his century. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

Scoreboard after Bangladesh's innings

Tamim Iqbal not out   2
Liton Das c Mendis b Malinga  0
Shakib Al Hasan b Malinga  0
Mushfiqur Rahim c Mendis b Perera 144
Mohammad Mithun c M Perera b Malinga 63
Mahmudullah c de Silva b Aponso 1
Mosaddek Hossain c M Perera b Malinga 1
Mehidy Hasan c and b Lakmal  15
Mashrafe Mortaza c Tharanga b de Silva 11
Rubel Hossain lbw b de Silva  2
Mustafizur Rahman run out  10
Extras: (lb4, nb1, w7)  12

Total: (all out; 49.3 overs) 261

Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Das), 2-1 (Shakib), 3-134 (Mithun), 4-136 (Mahmudullah), 5-142 (Hossain), 6-175 (Hasan), 7-195 (Mortaza), 8-203 (Hossain), 9-229 (Mustafizur)

Bowling: Malinga 10-2-23-4 (nb1, w3) Lakmal 10-0-46-1 (w1) Aponso 9-0-55-1, T. Perera 7.3-0-51-1 (w1) , M. Perera 3-0-25-0, D. de Silva 7-0-38-2 (w1), M Shanaka 3-0-19-0


Mustafizur Rahman is run out for 10 in the 47th over. Bangladesh reach 229 for 9. Injured Tamim Iqbal has walked in at No. 11 and is batting with only one hand.


Mushfiqur Rahim scores his sixth ODI ton. Bangladesh reach 219 for 8 wickets at the end of 45th over.

Bangladeshi batsman Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot during the match. AFP


Bangladesh reach 195 for 7 at the end of over number 40 as Dhananjaya de Silva gets the wicket of Mashrafe Mortaza for 11.

Mushfiqur Rahim of Bangladesh and Lasith Malinga watch as Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews drops a difficult catch. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News


Lakmal removes Mehidy Hasan Miraz in the 34th over, as Bangladesh lose their 6th wicket at the score of 176.

Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka celebrates his fourth wicket after getting Bangladesh's Mosaddek Hossain. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News


Bangladesh lose two quick wickets in consecutive overs, Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain are back to the pavilion, reach 142 for 5 in 28th over. 

Bangladeshi fans cheer their team during the opening match of Asia Cup 2018 against Sri Lanka at Dubai cricket stadium. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News


Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga, second right, celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Bangladesh's Mohammad Mithun. AP


Bangladesh reach 134 for 2 in the 25th over. 


Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim bats during the match. AP


Bangladesh's Mohammad Mithun plays a shot. AP


Bangladesh reach 70 for 2 at the end of 16th over, with Mohammad Mithun batting 40 not out and Mushfiqur Rahim at 25 not out.


Bangladesh reach 50 for 2 in the 13th over. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun carefully building up the innings.

Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot. AP


Bangladesh is 36 for 2 at the end of 11th over.


Bangladesh is 15 for 2 at the end of 7th over.


Oh, bad news for Bangladesh fans. Tamim Iqbal is walking back due to injury, was hit by a Lakmal delivery on his left wrist. Team physio reaches to him, and he is retiring hurt.


Sri Lanka's veteran pacer Lasith Malina strikes in the first over taking two wickets in the fifth and sixth ball. What a sensational start. Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan are out for ducks.

Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News


Asia Cup has commenced, with Bangladesh winning the toss and electing to bat against Sri Lanka in the opening match at the Dubai International stadium.

Playing eleven:

Sri Lanka: 1 Dhananjaya de Silva, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Kusal Perera (wk), 4 Kusal Mendis, 5 Angelo Mathews (capt), 6 Thisara Perera, 7 Dasun Shanaka, 8 Dilruwan Perera, 9 Suranga Lakmal, 10 Amila Aponso, 11 Lasith Malinga

Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Liton Das, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Mosaddek Hossain, 7 Mohammad Mithun, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 9 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA) and Chettithody Shamshuddin (IND)
TV umpire: Gregory Brathwaite (WIS)
Match referee: David Boon (AUS)


There are six national teams vying for glory in the Unimoni Asia Cup for two weeks — Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Hong Kong.

The games kicked off on Saturday.