Bangladesh 184-7 (Nasir Hossain 33no) beat
Sri Lanka 302-9 (Dilshan 125) by 3 wickets (D/L)
Third One-Day International, Pallekele
Bangladesh took a share of the spoils in the One-Day International series in Sri Lanka after having the better of a rain-affected affair in Pallekele. Rain stopped play with the tourists on 78 for one in the 14th over of their pursuit of Sri Lanka’s 302, and they were set 183 in 27 overs when the players walked out a couple of hours later.
Nasir Hossain proved to be the batting star, ending on 33 off 27 balls, as they reached their target with an over to spare. Tillakaratne Dilshan’s second century of the series had earlier propelled the home side to 302 for nine on a flat Pallekele pitch. They should have made more, but Abdur Razzak took five wickets, along the way becoming the first Bangladeshi bowler to take 200 ODI wickets.
Kushal Perera finally completed his maiden ODI fifty in an opening stand of 116 with Dilshan. The 22 year-old looks to be a long-term solution for Sri Lanka at the top of the order in one-day cricket and draws more comparisons with Sanath Jayasuriya with each shot he plays. He was eventually dismissed by Mahumudullah, who got one to bounce a bit and had him caught on the cut shot at point. However, his dismissal was to provide false hope for Bangladesh as Kumar Sangakkara joined Dilshan and the pair took the score past 200.
Sangakkara’s eventual demise when on 48 did, however, did bring about a clatter of wickets as Sri Lanka’s attempt at a late-innings acceleration backfired. The promoted Thisara Perera came and went for just four, while Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal all perished for single figure scores. It took Lahiru Thirmanne, who found himself at number eight, to stem the flow of wickets and, along with Dilshan, take the score past 250. Dilshan eventually departed for 125, with Sri Lanka ending on 302 for nine to give Bangladesh a stiff challenge.
The tourists undoubtedly benefited from the Duckworth-Lewis adjustment, but it was nonetheless a pleasing run chase on what has been an encouraging tour for them. Openers Anamul Haque and Mohammad Ashraful added 77, with the latter falling for 29 to Sachithra Senanayake just before the break for rain. It was then a case of Bangladesh trying to hold their nerve.
Jahurul Islam gave them early hope with a brisk 26, but the middle-order, either side of Nasir Hossain, struggled. Lasith Malinga dismissed Mominul Haque and Ziaur Rahman late on, while Angelo Mathews initiated the tremors with the wickets of Anamul and Jahurul.
Fortunately for them, the increasingly dependent Nasir was on hand to guide them home. He ended with one of the more crucial 33 not outs that it is possible to make, while Sohag Gazi hit the winning runs off the last ball of Thisara Perera’s final over to prevent the game from going to the wire.
© Cricket World 2013
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