Sri Lanka reaches big total before Taskin’s mesmerizing hat – trick
A fascinating hattrick by premier youngster Taskin Ahmed lifted the spirit of Bangladesh and put them in a high note at the end of the Sri Lankan innings of 311 which is literally a daunting total to chase on at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium as there were no previous instances of a successful chase of 300 plus runs against the home team in the particular ground.
With one ball remaining in the innings, Sri Lanka lost all ten, thanks to a charming pace exhibition from 22 year old Taskin Ahmed.
A perfect yorker in the fifth delivery of the 50th over scattered the stumps of Pradeep letting Taskin Ahmed achieved the feat.
In the third delivery of the fiftieth over which was a fuller one from the well built pacer was miscued by Gunaratne, the lofted catch was taken by Soumya Sarkar in mid – off. Gunaratne scored 39 runs (28 balls).
Luck was definitely there with Taskin, the full toss in the next delivery brought him the wicket of Suranga Lakmal, the credit must went to Mustafizur Rahman who dived down whole heartedly to take the catch at mid – wicket.
The innings of Sri Lanka started pretty much in the similar fashion like the previous match with skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza strike early taking the wicket of Gunathilaka in the third over. The home team opener skied the cutter from Tiger skipper in an effort to a slog sweep and Mushfiqur Rahim cupped a good running catch.
On the other end of the crease, unbeaten opener Upal Tharanga together with one down batsman Kusal Mendis constituted a prodigious 111 runs partnership in the second wicket.
The growing threat of Tharanga – Mendis partnership was curtailed by a chaos in the mid crease; Tharanga was run out in a no – ball from Mustafizur Rahman.
The Lankan opener thought of stealing a single when Mushfiqur just able to half stop the ball and the ball drifted towards short fine leg. Mahmudullah, in a desperate effort hit it directly at the non – strikers end and Tharanga fall short of crease. He made a 76 ball 65 with 9 shots of four.
Runs started rolling up for Sri Lanka despite all the efforts Mashrafe Bin Mortaza applied in the field to take wickets. In next twelve overs, the home team added 83 runs in the third wicket.
Kusal Mendis smacked an excellent hundred batting at number three; striking 9 fours and a six, Mendis faced 107 deliveries to scored 102 before he was caught and bowled by Taskin Ahmed. Taskin got hurt in the shoulder as the strong bowler’s back drive hit him in the shoulder.
Prior to an over Taskin uprooted centurion Mendis from the crease, Mustafizur also grabbed his first wicket in the match, Dinesh Chandimal’s (24 off 30) paddled scoop ended only to ploy him for a leg before wicket, the one third umpire decided after long watchfulness in the television replays. Bangladesh beautifully managed to cut three Sri Lankan wicket hastily afterwards. Mehedi Hasan Miraz thrashed the timbers of Siriwardana in the 46th over, hard hitter Siriwardana hit a run a ball 30.
The next phase of the game exhibited two exquisite fielding efforts from Mushfiqur Rahim. Presenting some clear sense of mind, the experienced campaigner of Bangladesh behind the wicket found out opportunities to sledge Sri Lankan innings through grabbing wicket taking chances.
Both Thisara Perera and Dilruwan Perera became the victim of run outs while trying to steal singles. Mushfiqur, with glorious touches, dislodged the bells of both of them 47th and 49th over respectively by wonderful direct throws.
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