Bangladesh just falls short of being the be-all and end-all of the home ODI series against Sri Lanka.

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Dushmant Chamira after getting a crucial breakthrough for Sri Lanka
Dushmant Chamira after getting a crucial breakthrough for Sri Lanka

 

Bangladesh made a flying start to the series but the end was not that memorable as they lost by 97 runs in the last ODI against Sri Lanka. The end was just not well for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh clinched victory in the first two matches with sheer domination. Bowlers could not maintain consistency like the previous two matches. Spinners could not spin it well with pacer Taskin being an exception though.

Sri Lanka posted a challenging total of 286 runs. Bangladesh never seemed to chase the total. Liton Das was out of the game for constant failure in contributing to the team. By the end of the powerplay Tamim, Sakib, Naim joined others in the pavilion.

Sri Lankan pacer Dushmont Chamira gave a shook after taking all the first three wickets. This shock was never recovered. Mushfiq, the hero of the first two matches, scored 28 out of 54, Mahmudullah and Mosaddek scored 50 both but it was way too far from taking Bangladesh to victory.

Chamira bowled for 9 overs at the cost of only 16 runs and got 5 wickets in return. This is the second-best bowling figure by any Sri Lankan against Bangladesh.

Bangladesh managed to raise little hope as at one point it turned out that Bangladesh needs 167 in 20 overs. Because at this age of t-20 version of cricket it seems quite attainable. But, the problem was that Bangladesh had only 6 wickets to spare.

The loss could have been even worse as Sri Lanka once was advancing towards posting a total of over 300 runs. Sri Lanka stopped Scoring 286 runs. A tense moment for Sri Lanka was there when Perera was there at 99. An opportunity of taking Perera’s wicket was missed at this point. He then scored a century in 99 balls with 10 fours and one six.

Bangladesh won the series by a 2-1 victory over Sri Lanka.

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