Sri Lanka won by 70 runs


Sri Lanka squared the three-match one-day international series against Bangladesh with a 70-run victory in the final match in Colombo.

The visitors managed just 210 runs in their chase as Nuwan Kulasekara (4-37) picked up the crucial wickets for the Lions.

Suranga Lakmal, Dilruwan Perera and Seekkuge Prasanna grabbed two wickets each as Bangladesh were bowled out in the 44th over.

Earlier, Kusal Mendis and Thisara Perera struck fifties to guide Sri Lanka to 280-9. Mendis top-scored with 54 while Perera added 52 off 40 balls for the home side after they were sent to bat first by Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza at Sinhalese Sports Club ground.

Bangladesh did a commendable job in the field to restrict the home side to a reachable score after an initial hammering by openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul Tharanga.

Needing a win to avoid a series defeat for the first time against Bangladesh, Gunathilaka and Tharanga began aggressively to put on 76 runs in their opening stand in a little over 10 overs. Spinner Mehedi Hasan broke the stand as Gunathilaka gave a catch to Mahmudullah after making 34 runs off 38 balls.

Taskin Ahmed beat Tharanga with pace to bowl the Sri Lanka captain out for 35 runs, finally putting the brakes on their run-rate. Mendis, who scored a century in the abandoned second match, tried to rebuild the innings with former captain Dinesh Chandimal, but two successive run outs hurt them again.

Chandimal was run out for 21 as he ambled into the crease only for the reply to show both his feet and bat in the air when Mushfiqur Rahim collected a Taskin throw from deep point to break the stump.

Mushfiqur did a smart job once again to run out Milinda Siriwardana for 12 before he took a catch off Mustafizur Rahman to end Mendis’ defiant innings, who faced 76 balls and hit four fours. With Bangladesh making regular breakthroughs, Perera launched a counter attack to race to his second half-century in the series before he fell to Mortaza in the final overs.

Mortaza finished with 3-65 while Mustafizur Rahman picked up 2-55 for Bangladesh, who are leading the three-match series 1-0. Bangladesh won the first match by 90 runs before the second match was washed out by rain.

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