Sri Lanka's misery continues as Shakib, Tamim inspire Bangladesh to 163-run victory

Shakib Al Hasan scored 67 runs and picked three wickets
Shakib Al Hasan scored 67 runs and picked three wickets

Bangladesh 320-7 (Tamim 84) beat
Sri Lanka 157 (Shakib 3-47) by 163 runs
3rd match, Tri-Series, Dhaka

Shakib Al Hasan scored 67 runs and picked three wickets as Bangladesh completed a massive 163-run victory over Sri Lanka in the third game of the tri-series in Dhaka.

This is Sri Lanka's second defeat in two games this tournament after they earlier succumbed to a 12-run loss against Zimbabwe.

Chasing the target of 321 runs to win, Sri Lanka lost Nasir Hossain (1) in the third over and after a brief resistance, Mashrafe Mortaza (2-30) accounted for Upul Tharanga (25) and Kusal Mendis (19).

Mustafizur Rahman (1-20) dented further damage to the visitors when he castled Niroshan Dickwella (16) but the decisive blow came from Shakib (3-47) when he effected a run out to dismiss Dinesh Chandimal (28) and followed it with the wickets of Asela Gunaratne (16) and Wanidu Hasaranga (0).

Sri Lanka were reeling at 117 for seven and looked down and out. Though Thisara Perera (29) with his 14-ball cameo that included two sixes and two fours in the 30th over, tried to show some resilience but once again Shakib returned back to dismiss him and complete a three-wicket haul.

The formalities came to an end with Rubel Hossain (2-20) claiming the final two wickets to bowl out Sri Lanka for 157 runs in 32.2 overs. This is also Bangladesh's biggest win over Sri Lanka in terms of runs.

Earlier, Bangladesh made full use of a not so effective Sri Lankan attack with Tamim Iqbal (84), Shakib (67) and Mushfiqur Rahim (62) contributing while a 12-all cameo from Sabbir Rahman (24) lifted the total to 320 for seven in the 50 overs despite wickets from Thisara (3-60) and Nuwan Pradeep (2-66).

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