Looking back into the first few matches of the tri-nation series, it was hard to locate any sort of contest between participating teams, especially the hosts dominated the era. But Sri Lanka made a rather strong come back into the show depleting the home team in the match where they must pick up a win to go to the final.
The final of the Rocket tri-nation series, 2018, is therefore, flickering the lights of more competitiveness than previous matches. With Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first, they threw a competitive total of 221 runs on the board for Bangladesh to chase down and win the trophy.
Pacer Rubel Hossain’s 4 for 46 in 10 overs wrecked Sri Lanka’s late middle order, the opponent managed to cross the 200 run mark.
Akila Dananjaya’s cameo knock of 17 off 16 balls with one four and one six stead Sri Lanka passed to some comfort at the end.
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s comprehensive decision making left Sri Lanka lost their first wicket early in the. Youngster Mehedi Hasan Miraz flighted Lankan opener Dinesh Gunathilaka to scoop the ball up in the air only to let Tamim Iqbal grab the first catch of the match. Gunathilaka out scoring an 11 ball 6.
After Mendis’ quick fire knock of 28 (9) ended abruptly, Sri Lankan batsmen settled down a bit more, built up a solid 71 run partnership.
Upul Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella played as sturdy as they could, prolonged the without dislodging up to the 24th over by the time young Saifuddin toiled hard to extricate Dickwella from the crease.
It was, at the end, a rather poor decision making from the well set Dickwella. He swayed his bat too early to allow the ball being a lofted catch taken by Sabbir Rahman. With the help of 4 shots of four, Niroshan Dickwella scored 42 off 57 deliveries.
Sri Lanka’s run venture slowed down once again in that period of time. Unbeaten Upul Tharanga tried to construct constructive partnerships but failed to resurrect the batting line up amidst some difficult sort of Bangladesh bowling.
Tharanga became the sole batsman to score the half century in the Sri Lankan innings. He completed a painstaking 52 playing a bulk of deliveries, 99 it was.
Mustafizur hunted his first one in the match uprooting Tharanga’s stumps in the 36th over. The off-cutter did the trick for Fizz one more time.
Sri Lanka tried to accelerate the innings from that point, could do nothing significant but losing a streak of wickets.
Within next five overs, Rubel Hossain struck twice; the first one to take Thisara Perera and then Asela Gunaratne.
Tamim Iqbal grabbed the second catch of the match, took Perera (2 runs off 10 ball) off the bowling of Rubel Hossain. Later Gunaratne was adjudged leg before wickets after scoring a 14 ball 6, the review taken by the batsman failed to save him as umpires agreed to the main decision taken by the field umpires.
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