In the process, Taskin became the fifth Bangladeshi to take a hat-trick in ODIs.
“I am really happy for the hat-trick. It (hat-trick ball) probably was the best delivery of my career so far. Everyone appreciated it in the dressing room. Our bowling coach Courtney Walsh has helped me in a big way. He is such a legend of the game. Actually, I am getting help from everyone in the team,” Taskin told the media.
The 21-year old right-arm speedster clinched the treble in the 50th and final over of Sri Lanka's innings when he dismissed Asela Gunaratne, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep off consecutive balls.
Taskin said he would have felt happier if the Tigers had won the match and sealed the three-match series. However, rain intervened during the innings break and the match was subsequently called off.
“It was a big achievement to get an international hat-trick. I would have felt better had the match continued, and we went on to win it. But unfortunately, rain came and the match was washed out,” said Taskin.
“Our main target is to win the series. Wickets are lot about luck. The hat-trick ball was a yorker that could have taken an under-edge and gone for four. So I think I got lucky.
“I was imagining all of this (taking hat-trick) while I was fielding in the previous over. By the grace of Allah, it all transpired like I had planned. I missed a lot of hat-trick chances but this time, I was a lot relaxed before the hat-trick ball. It just felt right and it happened,” he added.
The two sides will take on each other in the third ODI at Sinhalese Sports Club ground on Saturday. In general, the SSC usually has good batting tracks and Taskin admitted that they have to bowl in good areas in order to create wicket-taking chances.
“We are going to a new venue, about which I have very little idea. I have never played there. But it is clear that every wicket here is going to be good for batsmen. As bowlers, we have to do the basics right. Bowling in the right areas is very important,” he said.