Sri Lanka hunt down Bangladesh to give perfect farewell to Malinga
An all-round performance from the hosts Sri Lanka ensured a big win against Bangladesh in Lasith Malinga’s farewell game.
Somethings just looks like are destined to happen and maybe it was destined for Lasith Malinga to get a perfect send-off. Staring from a toe-crushing yorker to knock down Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal’s stumps to creating nightmares for all the batsmen, Malinga made sure he ends his ODI journey on high.
After winning the toss, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne opted to bat first in a flat track without any hesitation. Avishka Fernando departed early, but Kusal Perera along his skipper built a solid partnership to repair the early damage. Perera fired down all the bowlers over the park and kept going to score a tremendous hundred in the end.
Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews played a handy knock of 40 odd runs and in the end, it took them to a massive score of 314.
With a mountain to climb and pressure all over the Bangladesh captain, Tamim Iqbal failed once again courtesy of a toe-crushing yorker from none other than Malinga. Bangladesh were in spot of bother with 39 for 4 down, then came Sabbir Rahman, who built a partnership of 111 runs with Mushfiqur Rahim.
But the lone Sri Lankan spinner Dananjaya broke the partnership by removing Sabbir for 60. The visitors fell apart once again and with Mushfiqur departing for 67, the hopes all came to an end.
In the end, Bangladesh suffered a huge defeat of 91 runs and the hosts lead the 3 match series 1-0.
Watch Tamim’s wicket here-