He scored a solid 49 in that game as Sri Lanka managed their first win of that series before going on to win the series.
For the second time in as many Tests, Bangladesh pitches have come under the scanner after the International Cricket Council (ICC) gave a "below average" rating to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium wicket which was used for the second Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Test last week. The BAN vs SL 1st T20I will be telecast live on Star Sports Select 2/HD. On his dismissal off Afif Hossain in the eighth over, Dasun Shanaka walked in at No. 4 and cracked 42 off 24 balls (3 fours, 3 sixes) to rattle Bangladesh and take Sri Lanka home. Bangladesh, who will be without injured Shakib Al Hasan, will once again be led by Mahmudullah.More news: A medalist now too, Rippon embraces role at Olympics
Mithun was included in the squad as cover for Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim, who are carrying minor injuries.
Chasing nearly 10 an over, Sri Lanka got off to a terrific start with Gunathilaka (30) and Kusal Mendis (53) scoring 10 boundaries in the first 27 deliveries before Nazmul Islam (2-25) on his maiden outing had the former stumped.More news: Achmea Investment Management BV Sells 53721 Shares of Wells Fargo & Co
Sri Lanka though will miss big-hitting batsman Kusal Perera due to a side-strain but have in-form Kusal Mendis available for selection. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka leads the head-to-head record against Bangladesh, having won five out of seven T20Is.
Sri Lanka have brought in Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Isuru Udana Jeevan Mendis and debutant Shehan Madushanka.More news: Atlantic Securities Reaffirms Buy Rating for Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN)