Bangladesh wrapped up the three-match ODI series, their maiden series victory over Sri Lanka across three formats, thanks to a blistering century from Mushfiqur Rahim who again stood tall amid the adversities.
The wicket-keeper batsman struck 127 ball-125 as Bangladesh romped to a 103-run victory via DLS method in the second game today at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, reports BSS.
The victory effectively put Bangladesh on top of the ICC ODI Super League standings with 50 points from eight matches.
Mushfiqur’s eighth ODI century was halted twice by rain before the Tigers were bowled out for 246 in 48.1 overs.
The bowlers complemented batsmen with a disciplined bowling and Bangladesh closed in on a victory, leaving Sri Lanka 126-9 in 38 overs.
After the rain interrupted the game third time, Sri Lanka got a revised target of 245 in 40 overs for their victory and they were finally able to score 141-9.
Rain arrived firstly when Bangladesh was on 196-7 in 41.1 overs and delayed the game for 25 minutes. Later just two overs after the game, rain again arrived to interrupt the proceedings with the Tigers at 213-7.
Bangladesh, aiming for an unassailable 2-0 lead following their 33-run victory in the first match, won the toss for the second consecutive time in the series but failed to capitalize on. The Sri Lanka pacers utilized the early moisture of the wicket well to swing the ball in both ways, which was difficult for the Bangladesh top order to deal with.
Skipper Tamim Iqbal struck pacer Isuru Udana boundary twice in the first over to indicate a good start but fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera spoiled it.
His vicious inswinger accounted both Tamim and Shakib in the space of three balls in second over, leaving Bangladesh 15-2. Chameera reviewed his leg-before wicket appeal against Tamim, who scored 13, successfully to overturn the umpire’s decision. Later he got Shakib for naught via leg-before also.
Out of form Liton Das struggled to make 25 off 42, with two fours before left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan got the better of him with a delivery that turned sharply.
Mushfiqur’s thereafter resisted. Mosaddek Hossain first gave him the support before he was out on 10.
With Sri Lanka in full control, Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah added
93-run for the fifth wicket stand to help Bangladesh bounce back.
Mushfiqur who scored 84 in the first game to help Bangladesh win the match by 33 runs, reached his second half-century, slog-sweeping Sandakan for two off 70 balls.
Mahmudullah who scored 54 in the previous match, also was on the verge of his second straight fifty but his premeditated paddle sweep cost his wicket as he was 41 off 58 with one four and two sixes.
Afif Hossain found early boundaries as Bangladesh was looking to pace the innings.
Udana however cut short his innings while leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga’s googley undid Mehidy Hasan Miraz, leaving Mushfiqur alone to fight for the side.