COLOMBO: Kusal Perera struck a quick-fire half century to steer Sri Lanka to a six-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first of their two-match T20I series in Colombo on Tuesday. Perera, who passed a late fitness test to be included for the game, hit 77 off 53 balls as Sri Lanka reached 158-4 in 18.5 overs after restricting Bangladesh to 155-6. Sri Lanka never lost their grip on the match after Perera and captain Upul Tharanga put on 65 runs in the opening stand, though a double strike by Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza slowed their progress. Perera, who smashed nine fours and a six, was out in the penultimate over hoisting a catch to Soumya Sarkar at mid-off off Taskin Ahmed but Seekkuge Prasanna (22 not out) and Thisara Perera ( four not) ended the game in the same over. “I tried to finish the game. [I] had a couple of injuries but recovered well,” said Kusal Perera. “Every player has a couple of bad patches, [you] have to get over it, do the hard work and get out of bad patches.” Mashrafe finished with 2-32 but other Bangladeshi bowlers struggled as Sri Lanka took a 1-0 lead in the series. Mashrafe won the toss and opted to bat first but Bangladesh were rocked by Lasith Malinga’s second ball strike.