Saturday 22 February 2014 

Perera Century As Sri Lanka Sweep Bangladesh

Kushal Perera celebrates
Kushal Perera celebrates reaching his maiden ODI century against Bangladesh
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Sri Lanka 241-4 (K Perera 106) beat
Bangladesh 240-8 (Mominul H. 60) by 6 wickets
Third One-Day International, Mirpur
Scorecard

Kushal Perera scored his maiden One-Day International century to set Sri Lanka up for a six-wicket win over Bangladesh that wrapped up a 3-0 series clean sweep.

A youthful Sri Lanka side chased down a target of 241 in 47.3 overs to complete a successful tour which ended with Test (1-0), Twenty20 (2-0) and now ODI series wins.

Perera hit 106 in 124 balls and Dinesh Chandimal 64 in 70 balls to underpin Sri Lanka's run chase after Mominul Haque (60) was the only player to score a half-century for Bangladesh as they hit 240 for eight.

Bangladesh also made changes to their side with Tamim Iqbal missing and Shakib Al Hasan suspended for making a lewd gesture during the second game.

Openers Anamul Haque (2) and Shamsur Rahman (25) made slow progress before Dammika Prasad removed them both but Mominul gave Bangladesh fresh impetus with a run-a-ball 60.

He struck eight fours and took the score to 108 before he was run out by Kithruwan Vithanage as he and Mushfiqur Rahim took on a second run that was never there.

Rahim went on to make 30, Naeem Islam 32 and Nasir Hossain 38 as the middle order struck useful runs before Prasad (3-49) struck again to remove Rahim.

Sachithra Senanayake had Naeem caught by Prasad and after Suranga Lakmal (2-24) dried up the runs and dismissed Nasir and Mahmudullah (5), Sohag Gazi hit a quickfire 23 in 15 balls to steer Bangladesh up towards their eventual score of 240 for eight.

Shafiul Islam was unbeaten on 15 and Arafat Sunny made one not out.

Perera then dominated Sri Lanka's reply, adding 44 in a little more than 10 overs with Lahiru Thirimanne (18) for the first wicket.

Thirimanne drove Mahmudullah to Shamsur at cover before Vithanage was bowled by Mahmudullah for nine to leave Sri Lanka at 60 for two.

The partnership that effectively clinched the game for Sri Lanka then followed as Perera, who struck six fours and five sixes, put on 138 for the third wicket with Chandimal.

The vice-captain made 64 in 70 balls with four fours and their partnership was finally broken when Perera was bowled by Rubel Hossain, aiming for one more big hit.

Chandimal fell soon after when he cut Rubel to wicket-keeper Anamul but there was to be no late Bangladesh fightback as Ashan Priyanjan, unbeaten on 22, and Angelo Mathews, not out on 20, saw the tourists home.

Mathews finished the game in style when he won the game with a six with 15 balls to spare.

Both sides will now begin final preparations for the Asia Cup, which begins on 25th February, and they will meet in a round-robin group game on 6th March.

© Cricket World 2014

 
 
Fixtures & Results

27th-31st January: 1st Test, Mirpur
SRI 730-6 dec. bt BAN 232 & 250 by inns. & 248 runs
4th-8th February: 2nd Test, Chittagong
SRI 587 & 305-4d. drew with BAN 426 & 271-3
12th February: 1st T20I, Chittagong
SRI 168-7 beat BAN 166-7 by two runs
14th February: 2nd T20I, Chittagong
SRI 123-7 beat BAN 120 by 3 wickets
17th February: 1st ODI, Dhaka
SRI 180 beat BAN 167 by 13 runs
20th February: 2nd ODI, Mirpur
SRI 289-6 beat BAN 228 by 61 runs
22nd February: 3rd ODI, Mirpur
SRI 241-4 beat BAN 240-8 by 6 wickets