Bizarre Tharanga run out
Makeshift Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga formed a crucial 111 second-wicket partnership alongside centurion Kusal Mendis. Tharanga was batting well and the Lankans were cruising after 24 overs. But Tharanga’s promising innings ended courtesy a bizarre run out. Pacer Mustafizur Rahman bowled a waist high full toss down the leg side. Wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim dived full length to his right and deflected the ball to short fine leg. All-rounder Mahmudullah, stationed at short fine leg, effected a direct hit at the bowler's end as Tharanga rushed across the other end. Tharanga’s casual approach gifted Bangladesh a lucky breakthrough. There is only one possible way to get out off a no-ball. And that’s exactly what Tharanga did! Ran himself out off a no ball!
Sharp Mushfiq run out
Mushfiq was sharp behind the stumps throughout the second ODI. After winning the toss, the home side started their innings aggressively. Opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka top-edged an in swinging delivery from limited-over captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza in the third over. The ball went high and Mushfiq ran towards short fine leg to grab the catch. It was a fine effort from the diminutive stumper. Another important moment came in the 47th over. Mashrafe made a strong appeal against all-rounder Thisara Perera. Perera was looking dangerous as he was batting on nine off six balls at that moment. However, Perera went for a quick single, Mushfiq grabbed the ball quickly and effected a direct throw to end his innings. It might just have saved Bangladesh 15-20 runs as Perera made a blistering 35-ball 55 in the first ODI. Later, Mushfiq also ran out Dilruwan Perera in similar fashion in the 49th over.
Rain wins at the end
Sri Lanka posted a challenging total of 311, riding on Mendis’s maiden ODI century. But then, rain intervened just after the innings break. It continued to pour down heavily for around half an hour. As the drizzling continued to get heavy, match officials had no other option but to call off the game at 8:45pm. Following their first ODI thrashing, the Lankans came back well and registered a fine batting display on Tuesday. The home fans were in upbeat mood but rain eventually had the final say on proceedings.