Shaken by the batting display, the Tigers were defeated convincingly by Sri Lanka as the home side sealed the series with a game to spare
Misery of the top-order found Bangladesh struggle and eventually concede a series defeat as they lost the second ODI against host Sri Lanka by seven wickets at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo Sunday.
Having lost the first ODI by 91 runs, Bangladesh had no option but to win the second game to be alive in the series.
Bu shaken by the batting display, the Tigers were defeated convincingly by Sri Lanka as the home side sealed the series with a game to spare.
Bangladesh went to bat first and saw the top-order fail once again in the series.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim came to the rescue in the series for the second time with an unbeaten 98.
The heroics from the right-handed batsman saw Bangladesh revive the early debacle and post 239 for Sri Lanka to chase.
@BCBtigers were reeling on 177 for six on the slow R Premadasa track when @mushfiqur15 and Mehedi Hasan Miraz came to rebuild the innings.https://t.co/Tsptoyf21X#BCBTIGERS #BCB #TIGERS #BANGLADESHCRICKET #BANGLADESH #CRICKET #MUSHFIQ #MUSHFIQUR #MUSHFIQURRAHIM #MIRAZ #SRILANKA— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) July 28, 2019
A similar situation had found Mushfiq in the first game where he scored 67 but it was barely enough to take Bangladesh close to the opposition total.
The opening batters in the shape of Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar have been letting the side down for quite some time now and the same persisted in the series-saving tie against the Islanders.
But as it happened, Soumya scored only 11 before falling to Nuwan Pradeep to a LBW in the sixth over with just 26 runs on the scoreboard.
Two overs later, Bangladesh captain Tamim walked back scoring 19 after getting bowled out for the sixth consecutive time.
This saw the in-form Mushfiq take to the driving seat and he delivered a crucial contribution to remain unbeaten in the innings, but missed out on his eighth ODI ton by just two runs.
Wickets fell at the other end while Mushfiq kept milking runs for his side, first reaching 50 off 71 deliveries.
Opener @TamimOfficial28 dealt with a pale patch, considering his high standards, throughout the @cricketworldcup 2019 and the struggle continued in @OfficialSLC.https://t.co/xgojS1L4EH#CRICKET #BANGLADESHCRICKET #BANGLADESH #TAMIMIQBAL #TAMIM #IQBAL #SLC #SRILANKACRICKET— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) July 28, 2019
His next 48 runs had come rather quick, off 39 balls, but it was no short of tragedy that he missed out on a deserving hundred in the format for the fourth time.
The previous three of 98, 90 and 99 had come against Zimbabwe (2009), New Zealand (2013) and Pakistan (2018) respectively.
Mushfiq in the last two overs needed 20 to reach the milestone and he got 15 in the first, aided with two boundaries and one over the ropes.
With five required in the last over, Mushfiq could face three balls but was unlucky to have added only three runs.
In the process, Mushfiq emerged as the third Bangladeshi to reach 6,000 ODI runs after Tamim and Shakib al Hasan.
Mushfiq needed eight runs to reach the milestone when he went out to bat in the game.
Experienced campaigner @mushfiqur15 took responsibility and made an 84-run partnership with Mehedi Hasan Miraz to take the Tigers past 200.https://t.co/RnNuyOtp6A#BCBTIGERS #BCB #TIGERS #BANGLADESH #CRICKET #BANGLADESHCRICKET #MUSHFIQUR #MUSHFIQ #MUSHFIQURRAHIM #RAHIM #SLC— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) July 28, 2019
The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman during his time in the middle was key to building five 20-plus partnerships, but the most effective had come with Mehedi Hasan Miraz for the seventh wicket.
Sri Lanka pacer Pradeep picked up his second wicket in the game as he removed Miraz in the 46th over and broke the crucial Bangladesh partnership.
Miraz walked back to the hut scoring 43 off 49 with six boundaries.
Defending the total, Bangladesh were in tatters.
The bowlers were hit whenever there was an opportunity, while fielding did not change much from what it was in the previous game.
Runs were given away and catches were dropped.
With @BCBtigers dealing with a top-order debacle, @mushfiqur15 emerged as the savior for the second time in the series.https://t.co/hVu6CdeDFf#BCBTIGERS #BCB #TIGERS #BANGLADESH #CRICKET #BANGLADESHCRICKET #MUSHFIQURRAHIM #RAHIM #MUSHFIQ #MUSHFIQUR #MUSHFIQRAHIM #SRILANKA #SLC— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) July 28, 2019
Sri Lanka openers got off to a good start, posting 71 before Dimuth Karunaratne got removed by Miraz for 15.
The other opener Avishka Fernando took toll of the Bangladesh bowlers as he was aggressive from the very first ball of the innings, and when he perished in the 21st over, the right-handed batsman had registered a 75-ball 82 with nine fours and a couple of sixes.
Four overs later, Mustafizur Rahman got his second wicket in the game removing centurion from the last game, Kusal Perera for 30.
Sri Lanka were batting on 146 for three in 24.4 overs.
From here on, Kusal Mendis and stalwart Angelo Mathews stitched together an unbeaten 96-run partnership for the fourth wicket to take the host to the shore with 32 balls to spare.
Mathews reached his 39th ODI half-century as he scored the winning runs though a boundary and finished on 52 not out.
Mendis remained unbeaten on 41.
BANGLADESH INNINGS R B
Tamim b Udana 19 31
Soumya lbw b Pradeep 11 13
Mithun c Mendis b Dananjaya 12 23
Mushfiq not out 98 110
Mahmudullah b Dananjaya 6 18
Sabbir run out 11 19
Mosaddek c Kusal b Udana 13 27
Miraz c Karunaratne b Pradeep 43 49
Taijul run out 3 9
Mustafizur not out 2 2
Extras (b3 lb4, w12, nb1) 20
Total (50 overs) 238/8
Fall Of Wickets
1-26 (Soumya), 2-31 (Tamim), 3-52 (Mithun), 4-68 (Mahmudullah), 5-88 (Sabbir) 6-117 (Mosaddek), 7-201 (Miraz), 8-231(Taijul)
De Silva 10-0-39-0 (w1), Pradeep 10-0-53-2(w1, nb1), Udana 10-0-58-2(w1) Kumara 10-0-42-0(w3), Dananjaya 10-0-39-2 (w2)
SRI LANKA INNINGS R B
Fernando c Tamim b Mustafizur 82 75
Karunaratne b Miraz 15 29
Kusal c Soumya b Mustafizur 30 34
Mendis not out 41 74
Mathews not out 52 57
Extras (b 4, lb 5, nb 1, w 12) 22
Total (44.4 Overs) 242/3
Fall Of Wickets
1-71 (Karunaratne), 2-129 (Fernando), 3-146 (Kusal)
Miraz 10-0-51-1, Shafiul 5-0-29-0, Taijul 10-2-35-0, Mustafizur 8-0-50-2, Mosaddek 7-0-32-0, Sabbir 2.4-0-20-0, Soumya 2-0-16-0
Sri Lanka won by seven wickets
MoM: Avishka Fernando