Bangladesh promoted the in-form Liton Das - who has been in fantastic touch since his magnificent 94 during the second innings of the first Test against Sri Lanka just over two months ago - to an opening slot ahead of Soumya Sarkar and the decision came up trumps.
Sent in to bat, the hosts made 214 for Six in the stipulated 20 overs.
The openers, Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka, began well but failed to make a substantial contribution, something they will look to change on Friday. This has resulted in his suspension for the next two T20I's against India and Bangladesh on March 12 and 16 respectively.
Sri Lanka have already one win to their credit, after they surprised India in their tournament opener on Tuesday. Along with the host team Sri Lanka, two guest teams Bangladesh and India have taken part there. 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. This was Bangladesh's highest successful chase in a T20 global (T20I) bettering the 190 made against Ireland in 2012.
Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera.
Nuwan Pradeep, in his four overs, took two Bangladeshi wickets for an expensive 37 runs.
Captain and part-time spinner Mahmudullah Riyad checked the run flow with two wickets in an over, claiming Mendis and Dasun Shanaka (0), both batsmen caught by Sabbir Rahman. Among rest players, Tharanga remain not out with 32 runs so far.
On the bowling front, Jaydev Unadkat needs to be more consistent. The live streaming of Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 3rd T20I can be seen online at JioTV.
"It was incredible to see and good inspiration for us".
Set a target of 215 to win Bangladesh were rank outsiders after a poor effort in the field but an explosive start provided Mushfiqur with the platform off of which to win the game.