Bangladesh one the verge of series victory over Sri Lanka
Published: 09:42 PM, 25 May 2021
Shoriful celebrating his maiden wicket against Sri Lanka
Bangladesh had already won the first ODI of the series. Tamim Iqbal's team is on the verge of winning the series with one match in hand after winning the second ODI. This will be the Tigers' first series victory against the Lions.
Sri Lanka never fought in the match in their chase of 246 runs set up by Bangladesh. They scored only 126 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 38 overs before the game was stopped by rain. If they want to win the match, they have to score 121 more runs in the remaining 12 overs.
Bangladesh have never won a bilateral series before over Sri Lanka in their eight appearence. Despite drawing two series in the Lankans' home, Bangladesh did not have that memory in the country. As a result, this will be the Tigers' first series win on home soil against Sri Lanka.
Kushal Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka opened the innings for Sri Lanka. The two have been watchfull from the beginning. In the sixth over of the innings, Perera (14) suscumed to Tamim's great catch off Shariful.
Gunathilaka then proceeded the innings with Pathum Nishanka. The opener, who scored 24 runs, handed over the catch to Shakib while trying to fly the short ball made by Mustafizur.
Nishanka returned for 20 runs after being caught by Tamim with Shakib's ball. After that Mehedi Miraz dismissed Kushal Mendis for 15 runs. Shakib trapped Dhananjay de Silva (10) in the leg before. Sri Lanka lost five wickets for just 89 runs.
Sri Lanka, who lost wickets at regular intervals, could not survive long at the crease. Miraz has taken the wickets of both Dasun Shanaka and Wanindu Hasaranga. Mustafizur Rahman took the next two wickets.
Earlier, before batting first at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh scored 246 runs credit to Mushfiqur Rahim's 125 off 127.
Mahmudullah Riyad (41) was the second-highest scorer for Bangladesh while Liton made 25 runs. Dushmantha Chameera and Lakshan Sandakan bagged 3 wickets each while Isuru Udana took 2 wickets and Wanindu Hasaranga picked one wicket for Sri Lanka.