Sri Lanka Win Last-Ball Thriller

Sri Lanka celebrate
Sri Lanka celebrate a 2-0 series win after another last-ball thriller in Chittagong
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Sri Lanka 123-7 (Sangakkara 37) beat
Bangladesh 120 (Malinga 3-20) by three wickets
Second Twenty20 International, Chittagong

Sachithra Senanayake hit the last ball for four to guide Sri Lanka to a three-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second and final Twenty20 International in Chittagong.

He succeeded where Anamul Haque had failed for Bangladesh in the opening match and clinching victory in a low-scoring game hands Sri Lanka a 2-0 series win.

Bangladesh were bowled out for 120 but had Sri Lanka had in trouble at 50 for six only for the tourists to rally and come back to win.

Lasith Malinga (3-20), Senanayake (2-11) and Nuwan Kulasekara (2-32) were the chief wicket-takers as Bangladesh were bowled out with one ball of their 20 overs unused.

Kumar Sangakkara then top scored with 37 to launch the early part of the run chase before Thisara Perera (35 not out) and Senanayake (12 not out) finished off the job.

After Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat first, Sri Lanka opted to open the bowling with Tillakaratne Dilshan, who struck with the fifth ball when Shamsur Rahman (1) slogged him to Dinesh Chandimal in the deep.

Three balls later Tamim Iqbal was on his way for two and the pair that did so well for Bangladesh two days ago was gone, the left-hander lofting Kulasekara into the hands of Ajantha Mendis at cover.

Anamul (24 in 17 balls) and Shakib Al Hasan (12 in six) made starts and helped Bangladesh recover before their dismissals precipitaed a collapse to 59 for six.

Shakib was caught by Kulasekara off Senanayake and Anamul was brilliantly caught just inside the ropes by Kushal Perera off the same bowler.

Nasir Hossain (8) was the next batsman to fail to clear the field, caught by Chandimal at cover as Mendis struck for the first time and then it was over to Kulasekara and Malinga to wrap up the innings.

After Mahmudullah was run out by Dilshan, Sabbir Rahman (26), Mashrafe Mortaza (17) and Arafat Sunny (5) had no answer to Malinga and Kulasekara had Farhad Reza caught by Chandimal.

Kushal then hammered 21 in 18 balls to get Sri Lanka's reply off to a fast start with three fours and one six until he was trapped in front by Shakib.

Arafat Sunny bowled Dilshan for three and Mahmudullah trapped Chandimal in front for the same score before Mashrafe Mortaza (2-29) struck to bowl Angelo Perera for four and have Angelo Mathews caught behind by wicket-keeper Anamul to leave Sri Lanka struggling at 46 for five.

Seven balls later, Kulasekara was run out by Anamul two to leave Sri Lanka in further trouble at 50 for six.

However, Sangakkara stood firm and made 37 in 38 balls, allowing Thisara to come in and play aggressively, hitting three fours.

Bangladesh were back in the game when Sangakkara edged Rubel Hossain to Tamim at short third man and they still needed 25 to win in 19 balls.

Perera played the lead role and was well supported by Senanayake and the pair started the final over, bowled by Reza, needing nine to win.

Reza limited them to seven from the first five balls but with two required to win from the last ball, Senanayake pulled a full-length ball behind square to win the game with a boundary.

The two sides now head to Sylhet for the first of three One-Day Internationals on Monday (17th February).

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