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Tigers’ SL tour ends in a nightmare

  • Published at 03:35 pm July 31st, 2019
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Sri Lanka players celebrate with the ODI series trophy in Colombo Wednesday AFP

The Tigers were left with a list of questions to answer as they conceded a convincing 3-0 whitewash against the Lankans after losing the third and final game of the ODI series by 122 runs at R Premadasa Stadium

Bangladesh’s ambition of revival through the short tour of Sri Lanka finished on a nightmare Wednesday. 

The Tigers were left with a list of questions to answer as they conceded a convincing 3-0 whitewash against the Lankans after losing the third and final game of the ODI series by 122 runs at R Premadasa Stadium.

The Tigers had come to the island to regroup from their below-par performance in the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. 

There were worries with the top-order batting affecting the rest of the line, of a bite-less bowling and down slide in the fielding department, all of which only worsened with each passing game. 

There were instances when one could relate a Bangladesh side from the early 2000s playing against a stronger Sri Lanka.

Chasing 295 to avoid a series sweep, Bangladesh lost wickets in regular intervals with Soumya Sarkar the only exception. 

The left-handed batsman came out to bat at three and got his first half-century in 10 innings. 

Soumya went to the middle with Bangladesh reeling on four for one, and remained till the 32nd over to add 69 to the tally, off 86 deliveries. 

And by that time, Bangladesh were already struggling on 143 losing eight wickets.

The troubles with opener Tamim Iqbal continued as Bangladesh lost their first wicket in the second over, and with only four runs on the board. 

Tamim was caught behind in the third ball of the second over as he tried to flay one of Kasun Rajitha. 

With just two runs scored, Tamim’s drought continued leaving concerns lingering.

Anamul Haque was back playing an ODI for Bangladesh for the first time since July 2018 and he was the next to fall, to Rajitha, scoring 14 with two boundaries before being caught at mid-wicket off a top-edge flick.

In-form batsman Mushfiqur Rahim failed to contribute as the wicketkeeper-batsman survived only 15 balls, and also saw four batsmen get dismissed for single digit scored such as 4, 9, 7 and 8.

Perhaps Taijul Islam shamed his fellow batters hammering an unbeaten 28-ball 39 with five fours and a six before Rubel Hossain fell as the last Bangladesh wicket from a run out.

Earlier, a shift in momentum in the death overs left Bangladesh on the back foot as Sri Lanka finished on 294 batting first.

The Tigers, looking to avoid a possible whitewash in the series, were in control with the ball until the game reached the last 10 overs. 

The Lankans milked the Bangladesh bowlers for 106 in the final part of the innings to pull the score up from 208 for the loss of four wickets and put on a challenging target for the visitor. 

Bangladesh had gone into the last game of the tour with two changes, bringing in Rubel and Anamul. 

Right-arm pacer Rubel had come in place of Mustafizur Rahman, who was dropped from the side. 

Anamul played his first ODI for the country since July 2018, replacing Mosaddek Hossain.

Middle-order batsman Angelo Mathews anchored the innings before he perished in the first ball of the last over, scoring a 90-ball 87 with eight boundaries and an over boundary. 

Mathews got to 87 after being dropped on 32 and 63. 

However, it was Dasun Shanaka and Kusal Mendis, who had earlier powered the innings with a quick 14-ball 30 and a half century respectively. 

Mendis before getting removed by Soumya for 54 had partnered Mathews for a 101-run stand for the fourth wicket. 

Mathews then added another 52 with Shanaka for the fifth wicket.   

A total of 86 were added to the Sri Lanka total in the last seven overs. 

Right-arm pacer Shafiul Islam bowled three overs in the death overs and gave away 41 runs, while in his first seven, he had conceded only 27.

Medium pacer Soumya bowled two overs, the 44th and the 50th, and leaked 13 and 11 respectively for two wickets.  

With the sudden change of momentum, Sri Lanka milked 106 runs in the last 10 to finish on 294, and the pressure came upon the Bangladesh batters.

Left-arm spinner Taijul finished being the most economical for Bangladesh, giving away only 35 in his quota of 10 with a maiden and one wicket.

Bangladesh made a decent start with the ball as they removed opener Avishka Fernando in the fifth over when Shafiul pinned him in front. 

The next breakthrough for Bangladesh came in the 21st over.

Dimuth Karunaratne's attempted lap-sweep against Taijul popped to Mushfiq after he made a patient 46. 

In the next over, Rubel removed Kusal Perera to have the home side on back foot and go through a rebuilding process, from which the Lankans eventually flourished with flying colors.


SRI LANKA INNINGS            R    B

Fernando lbw b Shafiul        6    14

Karunaratne c Mushfiqur b Taijul     46    60

Perera c Mushfiqur b Rubel         42    51

Mendis c Sabbir b Soumya         54    58

Mathews c Mushfiqur b Soumya     87    90

Shanaka c Sabbir b Shafiul         30    14

Jayasuriya c Tamim b Shafiul         13    7

Hasaranga not out             12    5

Dananjaya c Sabbir b Soumya     0    1

Rajitha not out            0    0

Extras (w4)                 4

Total (50 overs)             294/8

Fall Of Wickets

1-13 (Fernando), 2-96 (Karunaratne), 3-98 (Perera), 4-199 (Mendis), 5-251 (Shanaka), 6-280 (Jayasuriya), 7-284 (Mathews), 8-284 (Dananjaya)  


Shafiul 10-2-68-3(w1), Rubel 9-1-55-1(w1), Taijul 10-1-34-1, Miraz 9-0-59-0, Soumya 9-0-56-3(w1), Mahmudullah 3-0-22-0 (w1)


Anamul c Fernando b Rajitha         14    24

Tamim c Perera b Rajitha        2    6

Soumya b Dananjaya             69    86

Mushfiq c Mendis b Shanaka         10    15

Mithun c Kumara b Shanaka         4    11

Mahmudullah c Perera b Shanaka     9    12

Sabbir c sub b Kumara         7    17

Miraz c sub b Kumara             8    6

Taijul not out                 39    28

Shafiul c Perera b Hasaranga         1    5

Rubel run out                 2    6

Extras (lb 2, w5)             7

Total (36 overs)             172 all out

Fall Of Wickets

1-4 (Tamim), 2-29 (Anamul), 3-46 (Mushfiqur), 4-60 (Mithun), 5-83 (Mahmudullah), 6-105 (Sabbir), 7-117 (Miraz), 8-143 (Soumya), 9-149 (Shafiul), 10-172 ( Rubel)


Jayasuria 6-0-40-0, Rajitha 5-0-17-2 (w3), Dananjaya 10-0-44-1, Shanaka 6-0-27-3 (w2), Hasaranga 3.5-1-16-1, Kumara 5-0-26-2

Sri Lanka won by 122 runs

MoM & MoS: Angelo Mathews