Sri Lanka bounce back to level series against Bangladesh

Nuwan Kulasekara picked a four-wicket haul
Nuwan Kulasekara picked a four-wicket haul

Sri Lanka 280-9 (Mendis 54) beat
Bangladesh 210 (Kulasekara 4-37) by 70 runs
Third One-Day International in Colombo

Nuwan Kulasekara led with a four-wicket haul as Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by 70 runs in the third and final One-Day International in Colombo and levelled the series 1-1.

Bangladesh won the toss and decided to field first. Danushka Gunathilaka (34) and Upul Tharanga (35) scored eight boundaries and two sixes between them to take Sri Lanka to 76 runs in the first powerplay.

Mehedi Hasan (1-49) provided the initial breakthrough when he had Gunathilaka caught, completing a maiden wicket over. Tharanga soon followed his opening partner, when he was castled by Taskin Ahmed (1-50).

Just as Bangladesh were looking to gain control, Kusal Mendis (54) and Dinesh Chandimal (21) upped the ante, scoring two boundaries each in the 17th and 18th overs respectively. At halfway mark, Sri Lanka were 131 for two.

Sri Lanka suffered a major setback when both Chandimal and Milinda Siriwardana (12) were run out in quick succession while Mendis completed a well compiled fifty.

Asela Gunaratne (34) and Thisara Perera (52) played useful knocks down the order but despite Bangladesh bowling led by Mashrafe Mortaza (3-65) made a decent comeback at the end, Sri Lanka piled 280 for nine in the 50 overs.

Bangladesh were dealt a major blow at the start of the chase when Kulasekara (4-37) dismissed both Tamim Iqbal (4) and Sabbir Rahman (0) while Suranga Lakmal (2-38) accounted for the wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim (0). Bangladesh were 11 for three at that stage.

Soumya Sarkar (38) and Shakib Al Hasan (54) added 77 runs between them to resurrect the innings and it came off just 70 deliveries. Dilruwan Perera (2-47) brought Bangladesh back into the game when he dismissed both the players and soon Mosaddek Hossain (9) and Mahmudullah (7) also fell and Bangladesh slipped to 127 for seven.

Even a late fightback from Mehedi (51) could not bring Bangladesh into the game as they were bowled out for 210 in 44.3 overs. Thisara bagged the man of the match while Mendis was named the player of the series which was levelled 1-1.

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