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Chameera, Perera star in Sri Lanka`s consolation win

 Sports Desk

 Published: 09:28 PM, 28 May 2021   Updated: 09:54 PM, 28 May 2021

Chameera, Perera star in Sri Lanka`s consolation win

Chameera, Perera star in Sri Lanka`s consolation win

Former Lankan great Sanath Jayasuriya had said a day earlier that Sri Lanka should protect the country's dignity by winning the last match against Bangladesh. The Lankans have kept his word as they beat the host Bangladesh by 97 runs in the last ODI of the three-match series at Mirpur today. 

Chasing the target of 287 runs given by Sri Lanka, Bangladesh was all out for 189 runs. Bangladesh won the three-match ODI series by 2-1 as they won the first two games. 

Tamim Iqbal and Naim Sheikh opened the innings for Bangladesh. Naim entered the XI in this match as Liton Das' replacement but failed to prove his inclusion. The opener caught the first ball of the second over of the match scoring only 1 run.

Shakib, who is searching himself, once again failed with the bat. He was caught in the short leg by Chameera scoring only 4 runs. As a result, Bangladesh lost two wickets at the beginning and fell into danger. 

In this situation, Mushfiqur Rahim took the helm of the team with Tamim. The two tried to keep the run wheel moving at a slow pace. Meanwhile, Tamim was controversially dismissed in the tenth over leaving three down for Bangladesh.

Chameera's slower delivery hit Tamim's bat and became the outside edge and was deposited in the wicketkeeper's gloves. When the umpire responded to the out request, Tamim took the review. In the replay, it is seen that his bat touched the ground at the same time and also touched the bat. 

However, it was not possible to confirm whether the ball really hit Tamim's bat or not. In this situation, according to the call of the on-field umpire, the captain of Bangladesh was given out. Tamim, who scored 17 runs, could not accept such a decision. The opener left the field shaking his head showing a lot of anger. 

After taking three wickets in the beginning, Mushfiqur made a partnership of 56 runs with Mosaddek Hossain. He became the first victim of debutant Ramesh Mendis while played for six. Before returning to the dressing room, Mr. Dependable scored 28 runs.

Mosaddek Hossain Saikat completed the fifth with one end. But then he was dismissed for 51 runs. After that Afif Hossain scored 16 runs but Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taskin Ahmed could not score any run. 

In the end, Mahmudullah became alone. He was dismissed as the last batsman after scoring team highest 53 off 63. Dushmantha Chamira took 5 wickets for Sri Lanka. 

Earlier, Earlier, Skipper Kusal Perera notched up a fine century to power Sri Lanka to 286 for 6 in the third and final ODI against Bangladesh on Friday (May 28) at Mirpur.

After winning the toss Sri Lanka captain Kusal Perera chose to bat first. Danushka Gunathilaka and Perera gave Sri Lanka a flying start as they raced away to 82 for no loss in the 12th over before Taskin Ahmed pegged visitors back with twin strikes.

Perera was joined in by Kusal Mendis in project rebuild, which took time to get going. The two added 69 runs before being separated as Taskin struck for the third time. Perera though carried on and notched up his sixth ODI ton off 99 balls. It came right after he was dropped on 99.

Shoriful Islam pulled back for Bangladesh with Perera's wicket in the 26th over as the Sri Lankan captain departed for 120. Niroshan Dickwella didn't hang around for too long and the mantle fell on Dhananjaya de Silva and Wanindu Hasaranga to give their team a solid finish. The duo mustered a partnership of 35 before Hasaranga fell for 18. Dhananjaya remained unbeaten on 47 off 68 balls and Sri Lanka ended with 286. For Bangladesh, Taskin starred with the ball by picking up a four-fer.