Live: Sri Lanka score rich total in series decider
In the series deciding third and final one day international match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, host Sri Lanka has managed to pile up an enriched total of 280 runs for the loss of 9 wickets after the Tigers sent them to bat first at Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo.
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Skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza led the team from the front taking 3 wickets while youngster Mustafizur Rahman equally supported the captain, claiming 2 for himself.
The fiery opening stand of 76 runs in 65 balls between Gunathilaka and Upal Tharanga has at last been extricated by Mehedi Hasan Miraz. After scoring a 38 ball 34, Gunathilaka chipped the ball of Miraz away from his body at short cover region where Mahmudullah Riyad grabbed the catch to capture the first wicket of Sri Lanka.
The other opening batsman of Sri Lanka Upal Tharanga lost his wicket three overs after Gunathilaka. Taskin Ahmed brought the second breakthrough for the visitors in the 14th over with an exquisite delivery to uproot Tharanga’s stumps. Tharanga made a run a ball 35.
Bangladesh achieved the third wicket of Sri Lankan innings after prolonged period of observation in the TV camera room; watching every single bits and pieces third umpire Ravi, at last signaled red, much to the cheers of Bangladeshi crowd in SSC watching Dinesh Chandimal (21 off 35) departed. Mushfiqur Rahim attentively dislodge the bails of Chandimal’s stumps, it was a rather casual run out for Sri Lanka in the midst of the innings.
After five overs, yet another run-out brought the fourth wicket of Sri Lanka and yet another superlative wicket keeping effort from Mushfiqur Rahim.
Siriwardana (12 off 16) flicked one of the deliveries of Mehedi Hasan Miraz, called for a single but the misunderstanding with Kusal Mendis forced him to return in the crease, but Shuvagata quickly return the ball to Mushfiqur, who, in a flush of a second, knocked the bails off.
Cutter-master Mustafizur Rahman produced the vital fifth breakthrough for Bangladesh in the 37th over of Sri Lankan innings. Kusal Mendis, the highest scorer of Sri Lanka departed scoring 54 runs playing 76 deliveries with 4 shots to the boundary.
Coming over the wicket, Mustafizur Rahman kept Mendis silent in the crease for a number of balls that provoked him to force the ball to run down the third man in the last ball of the over; Mendis edged it to be handicapped by wicket keeper Mushfiqur Rahim behind the crease, adding one more feather to the excellent wicket keeping of Mushfiqur in the match.
Skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza brought himself into the attack in the 44th over claimed his first wicket of the match in that over. The tight spells from previous bowlers dried down boundaries. In a desperate effort to score runs, Gunaratne tried to protrude the delivery of Mortaza through the mid-off, only to be caught by Mahmudullah Riyad.
Gunaratne was another set batsman on the crease to depart in the thirties. He scored 34 off 44 balls.
Youngster Mustafizur Rahman hunted his second victim in the match in the 45th over. It’s the cutter again that did the trick for the young pacer; Prasanna tried to hit the ball, the extra bounce of the cutter led to miscue the shot and Mahmudullah Riyad gripped a wonderful catch in the extra-cover after observing it carefully for a long time.
Sri Lanka lost 2 more wickets in the last over of the match; Tiger skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, although conceded 65 runs in his 10 overs, captured 3 important wickets, 2 of which in the 50th over, restricted the home team below three hundred marks.
In the second delivery of the fiftieth over, Dilruwan Perera, after producing a quick fire 15 runs was caught by Tamim Iqbal at the extra-cover and the fifth delivery of the last over, Thisara Perera, after producing a wonderful knock of 52 runs (40 balls) was caught by Taskin Ahmed in the short fine leg, both off the delivery of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.
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