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Tigers seal second straight ODI series against SL

Published : 18 Mar 2024 10:16 PM | Updated : 18 Mar 2024 10:28 PM
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Bangladesh’s young cricketers delivered an outstanding performance, securing a four-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the decisive third ODI at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.

This win not only clinched the series 2-1 in favor of Bangladesh but also marked their second consecutive ODI series victory over the Lankans. Previously, they had defeated Sri Lanka by the same margin in a three-match series at home in 2021.

In a nail-biting encounter, the game hung in the balance as Mehedi Hasan Miraz was dismissed in the 37th over. However, Rishad stepped up to the plate, quelling any apprehensions. His explosive innings featured five boundaries and four maximums, all targeted at Wanindu Hasaranga. Thanks to Rishad’s heroics, Bangladesh secured victory with a comfortable 58 balls remaining.

The final flourish came from Mushfiqur Rahim, who struck the winning boundary and remained unbeaten on 37 off 36 balls

Sri Lanka, batting first, managed to post 235 runs before being bowled out in their allotted 50 overs. Janith Liyanage’s maiden century was the standout performance for the visitors.

Soumya Sarkar, who suffered neck stiffness and a headache after diving to save a boundary, was replaced by Tanzid Hasan. The latter justified his inclusion with a fluent innings, including nine boundaries and four maximums.

Rishad Hossain, one of the three changes made by Bangladesh for this match, continued the momentum by smashing five boundaries and four maximums, helping Bangladesh reach a total of 237-6 in just 40.2 overs.

The opening partnership between Tanzid and Anamul Haque (who replaced the out-of-form Liton Das) added 50 runs, with Tanzid dominating proceedings.

However, Sri Lanka fought back through pacer Lahiru Kumara, who took a career-best 4-48. He dismissed Haque (12) and skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto (1) in consecutive overs, putting Sri Lanka on the front foot.

Kumara also broke the 49-run partnership between Tanzid and Towhid Hridoy, removing the latter with extra bounce after he scored 22. In the same over, he sent Mahmudullah (1) back to the pavilion, leaving Bangladesh at 113-4 in the 24th over.

Finally, leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga added pressure on Tanzid, eventually getting him caught by Charith Asalanka at long-on with a series of dot balls. Despite this, Bangladesh secured a well-deserved victory.