SL v Bangladesh 3rd ODI: Hosts level series with big win

In the third and final ODI of the series, Sri Lanka outplayed Bangladesh in all aspects of the game as they won the match by a margin of 70 runs at Colombo. With the second match being washed out, the series ends at a tie 1-1. 

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All batsmen get good starts; Mendis and Perera flourish

Put into bat by Mortaza, Upul Tharanga kicked off proceedings for the home team with his languid yet exquisite drives, shots, and cuts. The skipper raced to a run-a-ball 35 before falling prey to a quicker delivery by Taskin Ahmed that sneaked in between his bat and pad to hit the stumps. Gunathilaka (34), Chandimal (21), and Gunaratne (34) got good starts but couldn't capitalise on them and fell for mediocre scores. 


Kusal Mendis came in to bat in the 11th over after an opening stand of 76 was broken. He played some fluent strokes and kept rotating strike to keep the scoreboard ticking. With 4 boundaries to his name, Mendis scored 54 off the 76 deliveries he faced. Towards the end of the innings, Thisara Perera took charge of the game and did what he is best known for, smashing it all over. Perera faced 40 deliveries for 52 and smashed 4 fours and 1 six to take the Lankan score beyond the 275-run mark. Sri Lanka finished on 280/9 in their 50 overs. 


For the visitors, captain Mashrafe Mortaza was the pick of the bowlers with 3/65 in his 10 overs. He was the reason as to why Sri Lanka were restricted to 280, at one point it seemed like 300 was on the cards with ease. He caused major damage in the middle order to keep the target within reach. Mustafizur Rehman with 2/55, Taskin Ahmed and Mehedi Hasan with a wicket apiece were the other bowlers on the list. 


Bangladesh faulter; Soumya Sarkar, Shakib, and Mehedi Hasan show some resistance

Chasing a relatively high score, none of the Bangladesh batsmen showed any signs of staying in the chase. Of the top 7 batsmen, only Shakib Al Hassan and Soumya Sarkar managed to reach double figures. At one point, the visitors were reeling at 3/11 before the duo held things together, adding 77 for the fourth wicket. Sarkar scored 38 off 44 balls with 3 boundaries and a six. Shakib struck his 34th ODI fifty before falling for 54 off Dilruwan Perera. 


Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and Mehedi Hasan hung around for a while, adding 28 for the 8th wicket. Mortaza was sent off by Seekkuge Prasanna with a flighted delivery that lured the batsman, making him play right back to the bowler for 16. Mehedi Hasan played a brave knock of 51, registering his first ODI fifty in the process. Taskin (14) and he added 54 for the ninth wicket and reduced the defeat margin. They finally tumbled for 210 in 44.3 overs. 


For Sri Lanka, most bowlers contributed with the ball. Lakmal, Dilruwan Perera and Prasanna scalped two wickets each. Nuwan Kulasekara was the pick of the bolwers with 4/37 in 7.3 overs. 


Brief scores:


Sri Lanka 280/9 in 50 overs (K Mendis 54, T Perera 52; M Mortaza 3/65)

Bangladesh 210 in 44.3 overs (Shakib 54, M Hasan 51; N Kulasekara 4/37)


Sri Lanka win by 70 runs. Three match series tied at 1-1. 


Player of the match: Thisara Perera 

Player of the series: Kusal Mendis

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