Hosts Sri Lanka will aim to continue their dominant run over Bangladesh when the two teams meet in the third game of the Nidahas Trophy T20 in Colombo tonight. Sri Lanka will be high on confidence going into this game after they surprised India in the tournament opener. Their recent record against Bangladesh is impressive, having beaten them in the away Test and T20 series besides the final of a tri-series, which also included Zimbabwe. The way Sri Lanka played against India was even more impressive, comfortably chasing a 175-run target courtesy a Kusal Perera special. Bangladesh have won the toss and have opted to field. Follow live cricket score of Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, Nidahas Trophy tri-nation T20 match in Colombo here (LIVE SCORECARD | LIVE STREAMING INFO)
21:21 hrs IST: FOUR! Fuller ball from Danajaya and Das lifts it over the fielder at mid-off. Bangladesh are 20/0 after 2 overs. Nuwan Pradeep comes into the attack.
21:19 hrs IST: SIX! Juicy full-toss from Dananjaya, Liton Das steps out and smacks it over mid-wicket for a maximum. Can’t miss those!
21:17 hrs IST: FOUR! Short ball from Chameera, Tamim gets into position and pulls it hard over square leg for his first boundary of the night. Bangladesh are 10/0 after the first over.
21:12 hrs IST: Time for Bangladesh’s innings. Tamim Iqbal to take strike. Dushmantha Chameera to bowl the first over.
20:59 hrs IST: Two wickets and 16 runs in the final over. Sri Lanka finish on 214/6. Brilliant performance from the hosts. The ‘Kusals’ show at the Premadasa. We’ll be back in a short while.
20:52 hrs IST: FOUR! Back of a length delivery from Mustafizur, Tharanga shuffles and hits it over short fine leg.
20:50 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for Tharanga, moves to 27 off just 12 balls. Sri Lanka are 198/4 after 19 overs. Mustafizur to bowl the final over.
20:47 hrs IST: SIX! Back of a length delivery from Rubel, Perera goes back in his crease and dispatches it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
20:45 hrs IST: Two more boundaries for Perera. Moves to 67. Sri Lanka are 184/4 after 18 overs. Rubel Hossain to bowl the penultimate over.
20:40 hrs IST: Another good over for Sri Lanka, 17 runs off it. They are 174/4 after 17 overs. Perera 58*, Tharanga 19*. Mehedi Hasan comes back into the attack.
20:37 hrs IST: SIX! Length ball from Rubel and Tharanga hammers it over deep backward square leg boundary for a maximum.
20:34 hrs IST: Another tidy over from Mahmudullah, only seven runs off it. Sri Lanka are 157/4 after 16 overs. Rubel Hossain again.
20:30 hrs IST: OUT! This is turning out to be a decent phase for Bangladesh. Taskin gets rid of Chandimal. Sri Lanka are 150/4 after 15 overs. How much can they score in the remaining five overs?
20:27 hrs IST: FOUR! Stand and deliver. That’s fifty for Kusal Perera. Pitched up from Taskin and Perera lifts it over the bowler’s head.
20:25 hrs IST: Good over for Bangladesh, two wickets and eight runs. Sri Lanka are 143/3 after 14 overs. Taskin Ahmed comes back into the attack.
20:23 hrs IST: WICKET! Mahmudullah strikes again. Shanaka goes for a duck. Wanted to clear the deep mid-wicket boundary but didn’t get the timing. Chandimal comes in at No. 5.
20:20 hrs IST: OUT! And that’s the end of Mendis. Departs for 57. First wicket for Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah. Dasun Shanaka comes in at No. 4.
20:18 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries for Perera, moves to 46. Sri Lanka are 135/1 after 13 overs. 220 looks very much achievable.
20:14 hrs IST: Another expensive over from Mustafizur, 12 runs off it. Sri Lanka are 123/1 after 12 overs. Soumya Sarkar comes into the attack.
20:11 hrs IST: SIX! Short from Mustafizur, Mendis gets on the front-foot and hammers it over long on. Takes a single off the next ball to complete his fifty.
20:08 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for Mendis. Sri Lanka are 111/1 after 11 overs. Mendis 43*, Perera 33*
20:06 hrs IST: SIX! Length delivery from Mehedi, Kusal comes down the track and hammers it over long-on for a maximum. Moves into 30s.
20:04 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off from Nazmul. Costly over. Twelve runs off it. Sri Lanka are 98/1 after 10 overs.
20:02 hrs IST: SIX! Length ball from Nazmul, Mendis gets down on one knee and sweeps it over backward square leg for a maximum. He is in 40s now.
20:00 hrs IST: No boundaries in the last three overs. Spinners have tightened the screws, for now. Sri Lanka are 86/1 after 9 overs.
19:57 hrs IST: Only 11 runs have come off the last 12 balls. Sri Lanka are 81/1 after 8 overs. Mehedi to continue.
19:53 hrs IST: Tidy over from Mehedi, only three runs off it. Sri Lanka are 73/1 after 7 overs. Mendis 28*, Perera 10*. Nazmul Islam comes into the attack.
19:50 hrs IST: Mehedi Hasan comes into the attack. Bangladesh need a couple of wickets here.
19:49 hrs IST: FOUR! Length delivery from Rubel, Perera makes space and hits it straight past the bowler. Sri Lanka are 70/1 after 6 overs.
19:47 hrs IST: FOUR! Slower delivery from Rubel, on Perera’s pads, and the left-handed batsman flicks it towards deep mid-wicket boundary.
19:46 hrs IST: Rubel to continue. Can he strike?
19:44 hrs IST: FOUR! Length delivery from Mustafizur and Mendis lifts it over the fielder at mid-off. Another good over for Sri Lanka (despite the wicket). 10 runs off it. They are 62/1 after 5 overs. Mendis 26*, Perera 1*
19:40 hrs IST: OUT! And Mustafizur gets his man. Slower delivery and Gunathilaka is deceived. Much-needed wicket for Bangladesh. Kusal Perera comes in at No. 3.
19:37 hrs IST: FIVE WIDES! Taskin Ahmed is really struggling. Have a feeling he might not get another over tonight. Sri Lanka are 52/0 after 4 overs.
19:34 hrs IST: SIX! Gunathilaka joins the party. Length ball from Taskin, the Sri Lankan makes room and creams it over deep extra cover boundary.
19:31 hrs IST: SIX! Fuller delivery from Taskin and Mendis smacks it over long on boundary for a maximum. Stand and deliver!
19:30 hrs IST: Single for Mendis, he moves to 15 off just six deliveries. Sri Lanka are 30/0 after 3 overs. Taskin comes back into the attack.
19:27 hrs IST: FOUR! Short delivery from Rubel, Gunathilaka gets into position early and pummels it in the gap between deep mid-wicket and deep mid-wicket boundary.
19:25 hrs IST: Single off the last delivery for Gunathilaka. Sri Lanka are 24/0 after 2 overs. Rubel Hossain comes into the attack.
19:23 hrs IST: FOUR! Short and wide from Mustafizur and Gunathilaka hits it in the air over extra cover for his first boundary.
19:20 hrs IST: SIX! Touch short from Taskin and it’s enough for Mendis to pull it over long leg for a maximum. Sri Lanka are 13/0 after the first over. Mustafizur Rahman comes into the attack.
19:18 hrs IST: FOUR! Back of a length delivery from Taskin, seaming in, Mendis gets an inside edge to fine leg for his first boundary of the night.
19:16 hrs IST: Too straight from Taskin and Gunathilaka gets off the mark with a single towards mid-on.
19:15 hrs IST: Time for live action. Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis make their way out in the middle, and so the Bangladesh players. Taskin Ahmed to start the proceedings.
18:51 hrs IST: Teams –
Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal(c/wk), Upul Tharanga, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Mahmudullah(c), Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Islam
18:46 hrs IST: Bangladesh have won the toss and have opted to field. Both sides are unchanged.
18:39 hrs IST: Toss in six minutes. No overs lost.
18:34 hrs IST: Good news from Colombo. The square cover has been removed. Toss could happen anytime soon.
18:24 hrs IST: Some of the covers are being peeled off but the square is still covered.
18:20 hrs IST: In other news, Jonny Bairstow hit another century as England wrapped up the one-day international series by strolling to a comprehensive seven-wicket win over New Zealand on Saturday.
Bairstow scored 138 runs on Wednesday but that ton was in vain after New Zealand forced a fifth and deciding ODI midweek.
18:12 hrs IST: Meanwhile, South Africa seamer Kagiso Rabada risks missing the remainder of the series against Australia after being charged with a Level Two offence by the ICC following the shoulder contact he made with rival captain Steve Smith.
Rabada trapped Smith leg before wicket on the opening day of the second test at St George’s Park on Friday and appeared to brush against the batsman in his celebration as the Australian walked down the pitch.
The hearing will be heard by match referee Jeff Crowe on Saturday evening, with Rabada set to contest the charge.
18:08 hrs IST: The square has been covered up. Looks like the start might be delayed.
18:04 hrs IST: Not a good news from Colombo. Covers are coming on. There’s a bit of a drizzle. Stay tuned for live updates!
17:56 hrs IST: Sri Lanka fast bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake said that the team has to adjust smartly if it has to sustain its winning momentum. “It’s about playing smart — according to the situation — if there needs to be change in the strike and going to the other side that’s what we have to do,” Ratnayake said.
In addition to that, Sri Lanka would be hoping there is more contribution from bowlers as well as the batsmen. Dushmantha Chameera impressed but was taken apart in the death overs against India, while the rest of the bowlers failed to contain the runs.
17:51 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to HT’s live coverage of the Nidahas Trophy match between hosts Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, are under the pump after a string of losses. The batsmen have not been able to rotate the strike enough in the middle overs, stopping them from putting up competitive scores.
The absence of star player and captain Shakib Al Hasan is a setback.
The 2018 Nidahas Trophy is a tri-nation series between Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. Each team will play each other twice, with two teams progressing to the final.