Sri Lanka blow away Bangladesh to clinch the series
A solid batting performance from Sri Lanka against Bangladesh in the second ODI ensured their first bilateral series win after 44 months.
Youngster Avishka Fernando hit a quick-fire half-century as Sri Lanka eased to a 7-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second ODI to seal the three-match series in Colombo on Sunday with one match in hand.
Opener Fernando made 82 off just 75 balls, helping Sri Lanka reach 242-3 in 44.4 overs after Bangladesh were restricted to 238-8, despite wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim making an unbeaten 98* runs.
Fernando and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne set the tone for Sri Lanka’s run chase with 71-run stand before Bangladesh had their first success through off-spinner Mehidy Hasan. But none of the bowlers could really make an impact and it was all to say for the hosts to chase it down in the end.
Mehidy bowled Karunaratne for 15 but Fernando and Kusal Perera continued the hosts’ onslaught to put Sri Lanka, who won Friday’s opening game by 91 runs, firmly in control.
BAN 238/8 (50.0)
SL 242/3 (44.4)