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Shakib-less Bangladesh restrict Sri Lanka to 263

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Bangladesh were without their ODI skipper Shakib Al Hasan in their first warm-up match of the World Cup at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati against Sri Lanka on Friday.

The Lankans were bowled out for 263 after opting to bat first by the Tigers who were led by all-rounder Mehedi Hasan Miraz.

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Commentator Dinesh Karthik said on air following the start of the match that Shakib didn't feature in the game due to an injury that he suffered on his ankle while playing football in training yesterday. The extent of the injury, however, is not severe, a source has said and the ace all-rounder has been rested a precautionary measure. 

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.

Against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh had seven bowlers bowl in total, meaning all of their frontline bowlers apart from Mustafizur Rahman had a go.

Off-spinner Sheikh Mahedi Hasan was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped three wickets for 36 runs after Sri Lanka got off to a blistering start, courtesy of their openers Pathum Nissanka (68) and Kusal Perera, who left the field after feeling discomfort on his shoulder.