Sri Lanka 210-4 (Mendis 70) beat
Bangladesh 135 (Mahmudullah 41) by 75 runs
2nd Twenty20 International in Sylhet
Kusal Mendis continued his rich vein of form with another half-century as Sri Lanka went on to complete a 75-run victory against Bangladesh in the second Twenty20 International in Sylhet to seal a 2-0 series victory.
The result also means Sri Lanka had a successful tour under their new head coach Chandika Hathurusingha winning the ODI tri-series followed by 0-1 and 2-0 victories in Tests and T20Is respectively as well.
Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bowl first. Mendis (70) and Danushka Gunathilaka (42) hit 63 runs in the powerplay phase to lay a solid platform and at halfway mark, the visitors reached 91 runs without losing a wicket as Bangladesh bowlers looked less threatening.
Mendis reached his second successive fifty in the series off 29 deliveries but Bangladesh did manage to find a breakthrough with Soumya Sarkar (1-25) having Gunathilaka caught at long-off.
Thisara Perera (31) was promoted to number three and he further upped the ante with a 17-ball knock that had three boundaries and a six as Sri Lanka went on to post 147 for one.
Abu Jayed (1-45) provided some respite for Bangladesh with the wicket of Perera while Mustafizur Rahman (1-39) removed Mendis but Upul Tharanga (25) and Dasun Shanaka (30 not out) provided the much needed late flourish to lift the total to 210 for four in the 20 overs.
In the chase, Bangladesh were dealt early blows when Akila Dananjaya (1-20) had Sarkar (0) caught at cover point while Shehan Madushanka (2-23) produce a double strike in the third over to dismiss Mushfiqur Rahim (6) and Mithun Ali (5) as the home side were reduced to 40 for three.
From there on only Madushanka (41) and Mohammad Saifuddin (20) showed some resilience but the target was always going to be out of reach for Bangladesh as they succumbed to a 75-run defeat.
Mendis bagged both the player of the match and also the series.
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