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Sri Lanka clinch consolation win in final ODI

Despite the loss, Bangladesh won the series 2-1 as they won the first two games comfortably

Update : 28 May 2021, 10:02 PM

Visiting Sri Lanka hammered Bangladesh with a thumping 97-run win in the third and final ODI of the three-match series in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Friday.

Despite the loss, Bangladesh won the series 2-1 as they won the first two games comfortably.

Chasing a challenging total of 287, Bangladesh batsmen were clueless and managed to score only 189 in 42.3 overs losing all of their wickets.

Bangladesh made a shaky start losing opener Mohammad Naim (one) in the second over of the innings.

No 3 batsman Shakib al Hasan (four) also lost his wicket early as he was caught at square leg while trying to pull a short delivery in the fourth over.

Situation got more difficult for Bangladesh when captain Tamim Iqbal (17) got out in the 10th over, leaving the side on 28/3.

Sri Lanka paceman Dushmantha Chameera celebrates cleaning up Bangladesh's Taskin Ahmed AFP

Tamim immediately reviewed the decision but TV replay showed a slight spike in snickometer when the ball passed his bat.

Interestingly at that same time, Tamim’s bat seemed to touch the ground, but there was no conclusive evidence for the third umpire to overturn the on-field decision.

Bangladesh lost the grip on the match when in-form Mushfiqur Rahim (28 off 54 balls) got out while trying to clear the boundary.

Bangladesh were reeling on 83/4 in 23.2 overs at that stage.

Later, Mosaddek Hossain (51) and Mahmudullah (53) scored half-centuries, but these efforts were not enough for the Tigers to turn the table.

Dushmantha Chameera took six wickets conceding just 16 runs in nine overs for the Lankans.

Earlier, Sri Lanka put up a challenging score on the board after opting to bat first, riding on skipper Kusal Perera’s 120-run innings.

Lankans' opening pair, Kusal Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka, piled up a 82-run stand, which laid the foundation for their team to score a big total.

Perera’s sixth ODI century in his career came in the 32nd over.

The left-hander was lucky to survive three times thanks to catch misses of hosts’ fielders.

Most notable one was when Mahmudullah dropped his catch at mid-off when he was on 99.

Dhananjaya de Silva’s unbeaten 55 helped Sri Lanka to end their innings on a high note.

Pacer Taskin Ahmed was impressive for the Tigers as he took four wickets giving away 46 runs from his nine overs.

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