Colombo – Sri Lanka made an auspicious begin to life after the 2019 World Cup, clinching the ODI sequence towards Bangladesh with one recreation to spare.
They gained the second ODI by seven wickets after their bowlers put collectively an incredible group effort. Their batsmen noticed off difficult intervals of their chase, however largely dominated the guests who posted 238 for Eight after deciding to bat first. It’s Sri Lanka’s first sequence win at dwelling in three-and-a-half years, and it got here through a mix of younger and skilled gamers.
Avishka Fernando’s gorgeous 82 got here off 75 balls, together with 9 fours and two sixes, and he gave Sri Lanka the proper begin of their chase. He added 71 for the primary wicket with Dimuth Karunaratne and 58 for the second with Kusal Perera, earlier than Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis steered Sri Lanka dwelling with an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 96.
Avishka jumped to life within the sixth over when he cracked Shafiul Islam for 3 fours in a row, punching him off the backfoot twice earlier than pulling one excessive via square-leg. He struck Mustafizur Rahman for 2 extra fours within the eighth over, earlier than pulling him in his subsequent over for his first six.
Karunaratne’s dismissal within the 12th over hardly slowed down Avishka, who slog-swept his second six and struck two extra fours. He was dropped on 77, albeit with Mosaddek Hossain making the perfect of a tricky catch working in from deep cowl. Avishka, nonetheless, fell within the subsequent over, miscuing a Mustafizur cutter, having put Sri Lanka in a robust place.
There was a slight wobble within the 25th over when Kusal Perera, having made 30, was caught at cowl off Mustafizur, however Mendis and Mathews ensured a clean ending to the chase. They performed out 4 overs with out forcing the problem, however the introduction of a part-timer, Sabbir Rahman, launched the stress, with a boundary coming off his second ball and shifting the momentum in the direction of Sri Lanka . Mathews and Mendis quickly picked up fours off Shafiul, Soumya and Mustafizur, and steadily took Sri Lanka to the goal in 44.Four overs. Mathews completed unbeaten on 52 off 57 balls with seven fours whereas Mendis was not out on 41 off 74 balls with 4 fours.
They could have needed to chase far much less had Mushfiqur Rahim not rescued Bangladesh from the depths of 116 for 7. Mushfiqur and Mehidy Hasan modified the course of the innings with an 84-run partnership for the seventh wicket, Mehidy enjoying the aggressor with six fours in his 43.
Mushfiqur’s plan, in the meantime, was to bat deep, and it labored out properly as he remained unbeaten on 98. He didn’t go too laborious on the bowling till a 16-run penultimate over, when he hit two fours and a six off Isuru Udana. His strategy was dictated by the wickets Bangladesh had misplaced, and a sluggish R Premadasa Stadium pitch that provided flip for the spinners.
Akila Dananjaya, in his first match again for Sri Lanka , made full use of the pitch, ending with 2 for 39. Nuwan Pradeep and Isuru Udana additionally took two wickets every however the dwelling facet began to flag after the 35th over, and enabled the Mushfiqur-Mehidy partnership to flourish.
However of their first match after Lasith Malinga’s exit, Lahiru Kumara and Nuwan Pradeep stepped up rather well. Albeit via a tame full-toss, Sri Lanka’s first wicket got here when Soumya Sarkar was trapped lbw. Tamim was bowled for the sixth recreation in a row, dragging Udana on to his stumps within the ninth over.
Mohammad Mithun and Mahmudullah fell to Dananjaya, who made the ball rip from exterior off stump loads of occasions in his first spell. It was additionally in his over that Sabbir Rahman was run out after a mix-up with Mushfiqur. Mosaddek Hossain fell to a Udana bouncer, leaving Bangladesh six down within the 33rd over. Mushfiqur’s struggle managed to make it a extra fascinating recreation however finally Bangladesh have been no less than 30 runs quick.
Tamim Iqbal b Udana 19
Soumya Sarkar lbw b Pradeep 11
M Mithun c Mendis b Dananjaya 12
Mushfiqur Rahim not out 98
Mahmudullah b Dananjaya 6
Sabbir Rahman run out 11
Mosaddek Hossain c Perera b Udana 13
Mehidy Hasan c Karunaratne b Pradeep 43
Taijul Islam run out 3
Mustafizur Rahman not out 2
EXTRAS: (b 3, lb 4, nb 1, w 12) 20
TOTAL: (Eight wkts, 50 overs) 238
FOW: 1-26, 2-31, 3-52, 4-68, 5-88, 6-117, 7-201, 8-231.
BOWLING: DM de Silva 10-0-39-0, N Pradeep 10-0-53-2, I Udana 10-0-58-2, CBRLS Kumara 10-0-42-0, A Dananjaya 10-0-39-2.
SRI LANKA :
WIA Fernando c Tamim b Mustafizur 82
FDM Karunaratne b Mehidy Hasan 15
MDKJ Perera c Soumya b Mustafizur 30
BKG Mendis not out 41
AD Mathews not out 52
EXTRAS: (b 4, lb 5, nb 1, w 12) 22
TOTAL: (Three wkts, 44.Four overs) 242
FOW: 1-71, 2-129, 3-146.
BOWLING: Mehidy Hasan Miraz 10-0-51-1, Shafiul Islam 5-0-29-0, Taijul Islam 10-2-35-0, Mustafizur Rahman 8-0-50-2, Mosaddek Hossain 7-0-32-0, Sabbir Rahman 2.4-0-20-0, Soumya Sarkar 2-0-16-0.
UMPIRES: Lyndon Hannibal, Marais Erasmus
TV UMPIRE: Nitin Menon
MATCH REFEREE: Chris Broad