Sri Lanka Level Series With First Win In Eight ODIs

03 April, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will play the 3rd & final ODI of the series at Colombo on Saturday

Sri Lanka earned a series draw against Bangladesh after a convincing 70-run win in Saturday's third and final one-day worldwide in Colombo.

The series will be shared 1-1 just as the Test series was.

Kusal Mendis, who hit a maiden ODI hundred in the ultimately washed out second game in Dambulla, top-scored with 54 as Sri Lanka set their visitors 281 to win.

After the three-match ODI series with Sri Lanka finished 1-1, Mashrafe is free to face the same opponents in their two Twenty20 clashes, the first of which is on Tuesday.

Danushka Gunathilaka (34) and captain Upul Tharanga (35) got Sri Lanka off to a flyer, putting on 76 for the first wicket before the former tamely chipped Mehedi to Mahmudullah.


Put into bat by Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, Sri Lanka made 280-9 in its 50 overs.

But, equally, Bangladesh would have felt that the momentum had shifted its way towards the end of the Sri Lanka innings.

Kulasekara snared the risky Tamim Iqbal caught and bowled in the first over before the tourists slumped to 11-3, though Soumya Sarkar (38) and Shakib steadied the ship with a stand of 77.

Bangladesh go into the match unchanged, with Sri Lanka including allrounder Seekkuge Prasanna in place of seam bowler Nuwan Pradeep.

Mendis brought up his ninth ODI half-century before edging behind, while Thisara Perera added some vital late runs with a typically brutal half-century before becoming one of Mashrafe Mortaza's three victims at the back-end of the innings.

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