Sri Lanka levels the series with a big win

Like the sinking man grabs anything he finds, Bangladesh has been hoping faintly as long as Mehedi Hasan Miraz was there in the crease with no one significant to support him in the other end.

আরো পড়ুন: এক ম্যাচ নিষিদ্ধ হলেন মাশরাফি

At the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo, Sri Lanka registered a big marginal win against visiting Bangladesh thus leveled the series 1 – 1.

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The youngster exhibited his spark of talent, scoring his first one day international half century in the process but could not ultimately resurrect the pride of Bangladesh.

The fine innings of 51 runs came to an end in a full toss off Kulasekara, the most successful bowler of Sri Lanka in the match.

Mehedi while trying to slice the ball, it flew right across the extra – cover region, breaking a marvelous 54 run ninth wicket partnership. Mehedi played 71 deliveries and hit 6 shots of four.

Bangladesh started the chasing dreadfully losing Tamim Iqbal as early as the first over; Tamim encountered 6 deliveries, got out in the last of those, striking a single four; Kulasekara did the job all single handedly, caught the catch in his bowling.

In the second over of Kulasekara’s first spell, Bangladesh lost another wicket. Hard hitter Sabbir Rahman, coming in one down, threw his wicket away in the third over of the match without adding a single run on the board.

Dinesh Chandimal lofted the easy catch of the thick edge from Sabbir’s poor shot selection, trying to flick it away sticking legs on the crease.

To much horror of Bangladeshi crowd present at the Sinhalese Sports Club, dependable Mushfiqur Rahim suffered a golden duck in the disastrous condition when Bangladesh was already two down at the score of 10.

The good length delivery of Suranga Lakmal hit straight into the pads of Mushfiqur; Bangladesh literally wasted a review as they went for a ‘review’ but the decision of field umpires remained unbeaten.

With 11 runs on the board chasing a big total of 280 runs, the visitors lost 3 vital wickets before opener Soumya Sarkar and Shakib Al Hasan added 77 runs in the fourth wicket partnership.

Soumya played fluently despite the congested circumstances; with fours all around the ground and a six as well, he made a brightly knock to lift Bangladesh from the initial disaster. Facing 42 deliveries, the youngster scored 41 runs and once again lost his wicket miserably before turning it in a big one.

Off break bowler Dilruwan Perera’s delivery dragged Soumya out of the crease letting wicket keeper Dinesh Chandimal to do an easy stumping.

Bangladesh’s misfortune kept clung in the hung in this particular match. young all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain who has so far showcased wonderful performances from the beginning of his international cricket journey, outclassed by Prasanna in the 23rd over of Bangladesh innings when the visitors already lost 4 front line wickets.

The quicker one from Sikkuge Prasanna skidded into the stumps of Mosaddek Hossain, dislodging the middle stump and Mosaddek went into the pavilion scoring just 9 runs of 20 balls.

Some ray of light still survived for the visitors in the bats of world number one all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan; Shakib carried hopes up to the 24th over when he also dismissed leaving Bangladesh six down at the score of 118.

Although Dilruwan Perera was the man to deliver, it was Gunathilaka who has to be credited for the vital wicket of Shakib Al Hasan for his excellent ground fielding to take an extra – ordinary catch.

Neither hitting above nor along the ground, Shakib hit it straight into the hands of Gunathilaka after making 54 runs in 62 balls with 7 shots to the boundary rope.

It was just the 26th over running when Bangladesh lost their number seventh. The dependable Mahmudullah Riyad failed to bring changes in the circumstances for the visiting team.

All Mahmudullah did was to add 7 runs in the scoreboard; Lakmal delivered the short one placing a leg slip and everything worked out for the home team. While trying to pull the bouncer of Lakmal, the ball chipped into Mahmudullah’s gloves and was caught by Dinesh Chandimal.

It was Chandimal’s 100th dismissal in one day international cricket.

The next eight overs went quietly in SSC as Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and young all-rounder Mehedi Hasan Miraz tried to restore some faiths of Bangladesh spectators present in the ground.

Prasanna tempted Mortaza to drive it straight into the hands of the bowler; the fine cameo knock of 16 runs (23 balls) came to an end for the Tiger skipper.

The last wicket of Bangladesh fall immediately after the ninth; Taskin Ahmed became the well-judged catch of Gunaratne off the delivery of Nuwan Kulasekara. The lanky pace-man of Sri Lanka claimed 4 wickets.

Bangladesh won the first match of the series comprehensively by 70 runs and the second encounter of the three match series had been washed out by torrential rain in Dambulla after Sri Lanka posted a giant total of 312 runs on the board.

Watch Tamim Iqbal’s wicket and Steve Waugh was not out in the same delivery

Brief Score:

Sri Lanka 280/9
Kusal Mendis 54, T Perera 52, Upal Tharanga 35
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza 3/65, Mustafizur Rahman 2/55, Mehedi Hasan Miraz 1/49

Bangladesh 210 all out
Shakib Al Hasan 54, Soumya Sarkar 38, Mehedi Hasan Miraz 51

Result: Sri Lanka won by 70 runs.
Toss: Bangladesh

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