TL;DR: Chandimal suspended for over-rate offence

Sri Lanka's coach Chandika Hathurusingha speaks with captain Dinesh Chandimal during a practice session on the eve of their clash against Bangladesh. AFP

He let out a loud scream and broke into a celebratory snake-style dance popularly known as "Nagin dance".

The Tigers won the rain-delayed toss and elected to bowl first in their second T20 match in the series.

Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera. He was assisted by cameos from Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das who gave a 74 run opening stand to the visitors laying down the ideal foundation for the grand chase to be in sight.

After an indifferent Test series against the Proteas, Dhawan found his mojo back at the start of the limited-overs leg in South Africa, which can be ascertained from his sequence of scores in the last five T20 - 55, 90, 47, 24, 72.

Skipper Mahmudullah had also repeated Tamim's message following Bangladesh's defeat at the hands of India. Mushfiqur seemed determined to take his side as close to the target as possible, hitting Shanaka for a six and four off successive balls in the 12th over. They are on 10th position on the T20I ranking.

Perera (74) kept their roll going for some time but a flurry of wickets slowed Sri Lanka down at the death.

Mendis smacked five sixes in his 30-ball blitz and Perera top-scored for the hosts with 74 off 48 balls. The openers, Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka, began well but failed to make a substantial contribution, something they will look to change on Saturday. The left-arm pacer has picked up four wickets in two matches so far but leaked runs which is not expected while spearheading the attack. That the visitors persisted with bowling short despite getting smacked, too helped Sri Lanka's cause.

There was a lull though, from seventh to ninth over, as the hosts managed just 16 runs in 18 balls. Gunathilaka was gone with 26 runs.

Dinesh Chandimal has been suspended for Sri Lanka's two remaining round-robin fixtures in the Nidahas Trophy due to an over-rate offence. Bangladesh were also aided by some poor fielding from the Sri Lankans, especially under pressure and those moments proved to be the difference between the two teams.

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