SRI LANKA vs BANGLADESH

SL v BAN 2nd ODI Review: Sri Lanka dominate visitors in a curtailed game

Powered by two centuries Sri Lanka scored 311 runs batting first.

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Umpires S Ravi (L), Ranmore Martinesz (C) and Ruchira Palliyaguruge (R) walk off the covers as rain stops play during the second one day international (ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at The Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium in Dambulla on March 28, 2017. (Photo credit ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

After being decimated in the first ODI by Bangladesh, Sri Lanka looked for redemption in the second match in Dambulla. This being a 3-ODI series, they had to win this one to stay alive but the rain gods had something else in mind. After setting up a commanding total of 311 in the first innings, heavy showers interrupted and the game had to be called off without a ball being bowled in the second innings.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first on a batting beauty. They made a stunning start as both the openers Upul Tharanga and Danushka Gunathilaka hit a boundary each in the first over and the intent was clear. But very soon in the third over, the latter departed when he failed to time a shot and ended up giving a catch to Rahim off Mashrafe Mortaza.

Kusal Mendis walked in to join Tharanga in the middle and the duo focussed on constructing the innings. They did not take too many risks and safely took the score to 48/1 after the end of 10 overs. The fifty partnership between the two was up in the 13th over. Both found their touch and especially Mendis looked in a superb form.

They kept turning over the strike and put the bad balls away as the scoring rate hovered around 5 an over. The skipper brought up his 31st fifty in ODIs in the 23rd over and looked all set for a three-figure score. But his stay at the crease was cut short by a confusion in running between the wickets and a direct hit from Mahmudullah at non-striker’s end curtailed his knock to 65 off 79.

Mendis wasn’t impressed by the mishap and smashed the next two balls for a six and a four to bring up his fifty in style off 64 balls. The score read 140/2 midway through the innings. Dinesh Chandimal who was in at number four played the perfect foil for Mendis. After getting past 50, he took just 38 balls to bring up his maiden hundred in the 36th over as he became the fourth youngest Sri Lankan to do so.

Chandimal left him soon in the next over when he was trapped in front by Mustafizur for 24. A review was taken but the replays suggested all three reds and the batsman had to walk back. Mendis too made his way back to the pavilion in the next over courtesy an unlucky dismissal. He bludgeoned one down the ground off the bowling of Taskin Ahmed that hit the bowler on the chest and ballooned up in the air. Taskin ran back and took the catch even with the pain.

He made a fantastic 102 off 107 balls with 9 fours and a six and set the platform for a big score for his team at 216/4. Asela Gunaratne and Milinda Siriwardana then started playing some big shots and boosted the run rate. They added 55 runs for the 5th wicket from 48 balls before Siriwardana was bowled by Mehedi Hasan in the 46th over. Thisara Perera came out and went back within a space of 6 deliveries courtesy a run-out from Mushfiqur Rahim.

It was followed by another run out of Dilruwan Perera from the same fielder. The score had gone past 300 and Taskin was to bowl the last over with 3 wickets remaining. He first removed Gunaratne for 39 and then had the better of Suranga Lakmal very next ball. A hattrick was up for grabs and the last man Nuwan Pradeep was in. The bowler bowled the perfect yorker that knocked over the stumps as Taskin became the fifth Bangladeshi to pick up an ODI hat-trick.

Sri Lanka were bowled out for 311 in 49.5 overs. The innings break was on and a slight drizzle hit Dambulla. Initially, it wasn’t too heavy but from being a light shower, it became relentless and the match had to be abandoned. Sri Lanka were left stranded as they lost the opportunity to make a comeback in the series and now with just one game to go, they can only draw level.

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