Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh 3rd ODI Report – Sri Lanka Beat Bangladesh By 70 Runs To Level Series
After being embarrassed by Bangladesh in the second Test and the first ODI, hosts Sri Lanka finally saved themselves from some humiliation, as they completed an easy win in the third and final ODI.
For Bangladesh, it was a matter of so near yet so far, as they missed an easy opportunity to finally beat Sri Lanka in the ODI series. Nevertheless, a solitary win at Dambulla is bound to be remembered for a long time.
Electing to bowl first on a usual Colombo track backfired for Mashrafe Mortaza, as the Sri Lankan top order made the most out of the conditions. Openers Danushka Gunathalika and Upul Tharanga raced off to a flying start and the opening pair provided a solid base for the batsmen to follow. The first wicket fell for 76 in just the 11th over and the damage had already been done.
Kusal Mendis carried on his good form from the previous game and looked fluent right from the outset. Despite frequently losing partners at the other end, the young batting sensation went about his task with precision and seemed unflustered about the wickets falling.
Once Mendis was dismissed with the score being 194-5, the hosts could have been in for some trouble, had all-rounder Thisara Perera not played a fine cameo. The veteran all-rounder blazed his way to a half-century, as Sri Lanka ended with 280 in 50 overs. For Bangladesh, skipper Mashrafe Mortaza picked up three wickets and was the pick of the bowlers.
Bangladesh lost the plot right at the very start, as an array of early wickets decimated the top order. After being plotted down to 11-3, the game was all a mere formality. Soumya Sarkar and Shakib Al Hasan did together for a decent stand, but it was just a matter of saving some pride.
Towards the end, Mehedi Hasan too notched up a half-century but Bangladesh was eventually bowled out for 210, with a little over five overs to spare. For Sri Lanka, Nuwan Kulasekara was the pick of the bowlers as his four wickets did the trick for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka – 280/9, Bangladesh – 210
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