Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Mirpur February 20, 2014

Sri Lanka clinch series after Sangakkara century


Sri Lanka 289 for 6 (Sangakkara 128, Priyanjan 60, Mathews 56*) beat Bangladesh 228 (Anamul 42, Mushfiqur 79) by 61 runs
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Kumar Sangakkara's 17th ODI hundred was everything Sri Lanka needed to win the ODI series with a game in hand. But since their opponents were always going to pose a threat to their 289-run total, they also needed Bangladesh's batsmen to come up with a string of needless dismissals to ensure the 2-0 win.

Having gone down by 61 runs in Mirpur, Bangladesh lost their first bilateral ODI series at home since December 2011. Since then, they have beaten West Indies 3-2 and New Zealand 3-0. Bangladesh's personnel hasn't changed much since those triumphs, but there was a marked difference in their approach, in this series, to the simplest tasks on the field.

Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Thisara Perera and Ajantha Mendis took two wickets each, but the Sri Lankan bowlers merely had to bowl a good length, sometimes fuller, and the fielders grab the catches. The real work was done by the home batsmen.

Shamsur Rahman dabbed at a wide one to be caught spectacularly at second slip in the first over, before Anamul Haque and Mominul Haque added 55 runs for the second wicket. That partnership ended when Mominul was brilliantly caught behind by Sangakkara, his most sublime work of the day, even surpassing his century. Anamul had attacked Malinga during his 46-ball 42, but his innings ended when he was lbw to an incoming delivery from Thisara Perera in the 14th over.

What should have been the most mature period of play actually turned out to be just the opposite. Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan swung at everything within their reach. Mushfiqur swung Perera off his hips to pick up a six and followed it up with two fours in the same over. Kithuruwan Vithanage then dropped Shakib, a difficult chance at midwicket.

Shakib continued hitting out, slogging Mathews for a six and two more boundaries down the ground off successive deliveries before holing out to Ashan Priyanjan's off-spin, caught at long-off. It was an ugly shot, completely unbecoming of a batsman who had just become the country's highest run-scorer in ODIs.

Mushfiqur then called for a single, but sent Mahmudullah back halfway through his run; he was easily run out at the bowler's end. Nasir Hossain hung around for a while before holing out at deep square-leg, ending Bangladesh's hopes at 153 for 5. Mushfiqur moved to 79 but there was no one left at the other end for a proper tilt at the chase.

Bangladesh had another bad day as a fielding unit too. Nasir Hossain put down a tough chance off Priyanjan at deep midwicket when the batsman was on 2. Sri Lanka were 67 for 3 at that point. Mahmudullah dropped a dolly off an Angelo Mathews scoop when he was on 39, at short fine-leg. Mominul Haque, safe as house at other times, dropped Vithanage twice, once at deep midwicket and once in the covers, the second chance a regulation one.

It was Priyanjan and Sangakkara who hauled the visitors out of trouble. Sangakkara in particular was brilliant in picking the right balls to find boundaries but got things ticking with well-timed ones and twos. They added 114 in 24 overs, both striking some sublime boundaries.

After Priyanjan's dismissal, Sangakkara and Mathews swelled the total with an 83-run stand in less than ten overs with the big hits coming from the captain's bat. Sangakkara upped the run-rate with some timely boundaries, and Kusal Perera and Dinesh Chandimal might have learned a lot from watching how he paced his innings.

Perera was the first to go, giving Shamsur Rahman an easy catch at backward point in Rubel Hossain's first over. Tillekaratne Dilshan continued to struggle, getting out to the same bowler after a top-edged hoick went into mid-off's hands rather than over midwicket as intended. Dinesh Chandimal soon joined the openers in the dressing room, offering a simple catch to Shamsur at short midwicket. Sohag Gazi made the ball dip on him, but it wasn't an unplayable delivery. The visitors had slipped to an uncomfortable position by the end of the first hour.

It could have been worse for the visitors but for Hossain dropping Priyanjan, the ball slipping out as he dived after running from deep midwicket. It took Priyanjan a while to get going, and it fell to Sangakkara to get the scoreboard moving.

Priyanjan was out for 60 off 97 balls with seven fours. Mathews then came in and smashed six fours and a six in his unbeaten 39-ball 56, to help Sri Lanka get to what, on this pitch, was a large total.

Bangladesh's bowling was expensive, with Rubel picking up three for 76 and only Shakib exerting any control. But it was the batsmen who fell in a heap, bettering each other's mode of dismissal with shots that hardly looked in tune with the situation.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Iraj on February 22, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Congrats SL. You deserves this win. But real challenge is yet to come. Be prepared.

  • Abdul on February 22, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    After defeat in test series we heard BD will bounce back in T20. After white was in T20 we heard BD will crush SL in one day and that BD can defeat any time in one day. And now the white wash in ODI series is under way. I reckon instead of making over statements and inappropriate gestures on TV, if BD had worked in the field they might have one one or two matches in the series. Obviously a team like BD cant win a series against SL, PAK or India

  • Senura on February 21, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Bangladesh have a talented team but should learn to play like a team. A good performance by Sri Lanka, but still lots of areas to work on. And to all the SL and BD fans fighting here with comments, stop! It's not worth it!

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Bangladesh players are having an attitude problem. Once they got in to the National team they were like they won everything. And also they play for the crowd, not for the sake of the match. If the crowd goes wild they try to hit every ball to the boundary. they dont care about how many runs remaining to win or how many wickets left or whatever. they just play individually...

    They can't win more matches if they didn't fix this problem....

  • Farhan on February 21, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    So many SL fan here pointed out to me their record although I am not sure why? Did I say that SL is a bad team? In fact I have said it many time that i think they are the best team in Asia. Its their fan who has been saying rubbish about us since we lost the 2nd ODI. Seriously some of you asking that we shouldn't play international cricket after losing 2 ODI's? My question is valid. If they think we are really that bad than their team should have crashed us in every single match and they didn't. Our recent performance is by no mean rubbish and comments like this is annoying. So rather than telling me your records that I am aware of how about you tell those 2-3 genius to use their precious brain a little more. Also none of us claimed that we are the best we just wished our team to win and we'l continue to do so. if anyone doesn't like it thats their problem not ours

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan and the former media Manager of SLC. I like to congratulate BD for putting up a better show after their heavy defeat against SL in the first Test. I am sure the Bangladeshi fans will be disappointed, with the end result but take heart your team is certainly improving. SL is a tough opponent. Physiologically their mental focus does change when they play against a weaker opponent, but BD team should be given credit for passing a important message to our boys that no team should be taken for granted. BD players do have the talent but lack wisdom. They create the uncertainty of the corridor due to not having plan "B" or Plan "C" If and when circumstances demand an action plan during the course of play. Obviously SL is a far more superior side not only in terms of experience and skill level but also in terms of wisdom. I was pleased to see the support that BD team has during the games, but having said that have patience cos one sparrow doesn't mean its Summer

  • Manesh on February 21, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    lol. it seems I am famous in SL fans. lot of names similar to me here. Dear SL fans it is hard to digest the bitter truth. I know, but what to do SL team performs like school kids and I can't praise them for it. It seems like there is not much difference between SL team without Sanga and BD team.

  • Iraj on February 21, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    As far as Asia Cup is concerned I think Pakistan are the favorites. Anyway India will play coming out of their skin to regain their lost pride and their batsmen are arguably the best in subcontinent tracks even without Dhoni. Kohli's captaincy challenge will decide the next captain for India. SL is inconsistent and need to get their lost form immediately. Win against loss-of-form BD is not make us better. Both BD and SL should forget the result of this tournament and work hard for the Asia Cup and T20 WC. SL hardly needs new fast bowlers for all three formats. Tests we can barely manage with Lakmal and Eranga. But they are quite vulnerable to quality batting line-ups. The issue is with ODI's and T20's. Malinga era was gone & Kule also aging as a bowler. T Perera as a bowler, lost the abilities of his early career. We need to groom a battery of new fast bowlers ASAP.

  • Roshan on February 21, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    I said this once to a comment from one "DD_forever"....BD has to learn how to play cricket!! Rotating your arm or whacking a ball with a bat is simply not is much more and BD team don't seem to get this!

    BD team is becoming a cricketing embarrassment ...just think how it would look to a person who does not understand cricket...seen BD going at this game "slog-tonk and boom!

    BD board...shame on you to have supported the big three just so you can continue with this embarrassment...this deplorable showing of your team is your own doing, the additional incentive of playing for pride (to safeguard Test status) is no longer there so they play worst than backyard bullies!

  • Ramzi on February 21, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Lol @Haiderpakawsome go and ask waqar yunis about sanga, he still talking about the knock he played against pakinstan in asian test championship. dnt go too far in recent series pakitan nly win ODI series dat too thr home think twice b4 talk my friend.

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