Sri Lanka win the toss and choose to bowl in their Group 1 match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Sri Lanka qualified for the Super 12s largely thanks to the brilliance of their well-balanced bowling attack. And that combination of high pace and mystery spin will worry every opponent in Group 1.
But on this occasion, it wasn’t the bowlers who made the difference for Sri Lanka. Bangladesh made the attack toil a little, with Mushfiqur Rahm and Mohammad Naim’s half-centuries helping build a competitive tall of 171/4.
But Sri Lanka’s new number three Charith Asalanka stepped up with a fluid knock of 80* off 49 balls to steer his nation to victory and their highest successful run chase in a T20 World Cup.
Credit too to the big-hitting birthday boy Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who powered 53 off 31 just when the required rate looked in danger of getting out of control.
On the day he turned 30, Rajapaksa showed glimpses of the talent that earned him international recognition, banging three maximums in his quickfire half-century.
Sri Lanka make one change from the side that brushed aside the Netherlands. Maheesh Teekshana, the mystery spinner, misses out with a side strain, while Binura Fernando, the left-arm quick, comes in.
Sri Lanka XI: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Kumara.