Sri Lanka produced yet another impressive all-round show to register a seven wicket-win over Bangladesh in second ODI to secure the three-match series in Colombo on Sunday.
The day started with Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal winning the toss and opting to bat first, given the perfect batting conditions at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
However, this time around, Sri Lanka bowlers put in a disciplined performance and managed to restrict Bangladesh to a modest score of 238 for 8 in their allotted 50 overs. Wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim held the innings together and finished the innings with the top score of 98 off 110 balls with the help of six fours and a six. Off-spinner Mehdy Hasan Miraaz produced a vital innings at the back end of the innings. He scored 43 off 49 balls with the help of six fours.
The experienced trio of Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar once again perished for low scores to see Bangladesh struggle to get a competitive total on the board.
For England, off-spinner Akila Dhananjaya was the most successful bowler on show as he claimed figures of two for 39 in his 10 overs.
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In reply, Sri Lanka had an excellent start to the chase with 71-run opening partnership between Captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Avishka Fernando.
Karunaratne once again failed to get a notable score in this game. He scored 15 off 29 balls and was dismissed by Mehdy Hasan Miraaz in the 12th over of the innings..
From there on, Avishka Fernando and Kusal Perera assembled a much needed 58-run partnership for the second wicket to see Sri Lanka comfortably placed at 129 for 1 after 20.3 overs. Fernando was dismissed by Mustafizur to see Sri Lanka lose their second wicket.
Wicket-keeper Kusal Perera also failed to go big in his innings and was dismissed after scoring 30 off 34 balls.All-rounder Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis put on a unbeaten partnership to steer Sri Lanka to a comfortable win and clinch the one-day series.
Mathews remained unbeaten on 52 off 57 balls with the help of seven boundaries, whereas Mendis remained not out on 41 off 74 balls.
For Bangladesh, left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman was the only successful bowler as he claimed figures of two for 50 in his 10 overs.