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Openers propel Tigers to comfortable win in Guwahati

Bangladesh’s Littom Kumar Das (R) celebrates after scoring a half-century (50 runs) during a warm-up match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, at the Assam Cricket Association Stadium in Guwahati on September 29, 2023. Photo: AFP

Bangladesh openers Liton Das and Tanzid Hasan Tamim scored fifties to help the Tigers to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their first World Cup warm-up match at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on Friday. 

Liton appeared to have come out of his slump and found rhythm with a 56-ball 61 that was laced with 10 fours, while Tanzid Tamim put away two maximums and as many fours to give the Tigers a rare 131-run opening stand that allowed a solid foundation for them to chase the Lankans' 263.

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For Sri Lanka, left-arm spinner Dunith Wellalage, pacer Lahiru Kumara, and leg-spinner Dushan Hemantha scalped one wicket each. 

The Tigers will play another warm-up match against England on October 2 before taking on Afghanistan in their opening World Cup fixture on October 7.