Player of the Match
Player of the Match

11.10pm Sri Lanka have been clinical again. First with the ball, and then they made the chase look easy. It wasn't. The result ensures Bangladesh won't win a series on this tour. Chasing a middling 156, Sri Lanka were given a fantastic start by their openers after which Kusal carried on to take Sri Lanka very close. Bangladesh, it seemed, were atleast 20 runs short, maybe more, allowing Sri Lanka to time their chase.

Presentation time.

Kusal Perera is the Man of the Match: "I tried to finish the game. Had a couple of injuries, but recovered well. Every player has a couple of bad patches, have to get over it, do the hardwork and get out of bad patches."

Mashrafe Mortaza: "The way we batted in the first 6 overs was brilliant, but lost too many wickets in the middle. 6-12 overs, we lost four wickets. On this, you have to score 175-180. Need to be more calculative while batting. We have to show our character again, like the Tests."

Upul Tharanga: "We've been playing well in this format in the last two series'. Malinga is one of the best bowlers in the world. He's sharing all the information with the guys, in the batting as well. It's a plus-point for me too."

Taskin Ahmed to NLTC Perera, FOUR runs, that's that. A low full toss from Taskin, Thisara watches the ball onto his bat and punches a lofted drive over mid-on for four. Sri Lanka take an unassailable lead in the T20 series.
Taskin Ahmed to Prasanna, 1 run, a slower delivery outside off, hammered past the bowler. The mid-off fielder dives to his right to delay the conclusion
Taskin Ahmed to Prasanna, SIX runs, how? how? How did he get so much power on that? Wow. A low full toss, Prasanna just lifts the ball over long-on. 87 metres. Sublime hitting
Taskin Ahmed to Prasanna, no run, full delivery outside off, in the arc. Prasanna misses his swing.

Thisara comes out.

Taskin Ahmed to MDKJ Perera, OUT, taken. Good bowling from Taskin. Back o a length on middle, Kusal backs away, looks to hit the ball straight but can only lob the ball to Soumya at mid-off. One of a very few deliveries Kusal has mis-timed. A special innings from Kusal.

MDKJ Perera c Soumya Sarkar b Taskin Ahmed 77 (53b 9x4 1x6) SR: 145.28

18 | 8 Runs | SL: 147/3 (9 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.16, RRR: 4.50)

  • S Prasanna15 (9b)
  • MDKJ Perera77 (52b)
  • Mustafizur Rahman3-0-24-0
  • Mashrafe Mortaza4-0-32-2
Mustafizur Rahman to Prasanna, SIX runs, that's a match winner. Full delivery on middle, right in the slot. And boom. Off the middle of the bat and Prasanna's hoick goes way over midwicket for six. A stare from Prasanna.

Midwicket goes back. Fine leg comes up

Mustafizur Rahman to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, a low full toss on middle and leg, heaved away to deep midwicket. Just one

Big two balls coming up

Mustafizur Rahman to Prasanna, 1 run, charges down and drills a drive to long-off. Just one. One of four.
Mustafizur Rahman to Prasanna, no run, another dot. Good line. Full and wide from Mustafizur, Prasanna misses his drive. Three dots.
Mustafizur Rahman to Prasanna, no run, a slower offcutter outside off, Prasanna looks to lap the ball through fine leg but misses
Mustafizur Rahman to Prasanna, no run, a low full toss, pushed to cover. Low bat lift from Prasanna


17 | 12 Runs | SL: 139/3 (17 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.17, RRR: 5.66)

  • S Prasanna8 (4b)
  • MDKJ Perera76 (51b)
  • Mashrafe Mortaza4-0-32-2
  • Mohammad Saifuddin3-0-23-0
Mashrafe Mortaza to Prasanna, 1 run, full delivery on off, inside-edged towards square leg for one. Very handy over for SL, 12 from it
Mashrafe Mortaza to Prasanna, FOUR runs, that's four more. That length is a gamble. A bouncer on middle and leg, Prasanna pulls, gets some glove on that stroke and the ball clears the keeper. Vital
Mashrafe Mortaza to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, shortish outside off, pushed down to long-off
Mashrafe Mortaza to MDKJ Perera, FOUR runs, finds the gap. Back of a length on middle, Kusal runs down and flat-bats a muscular pull in the gap at midwicket. Again, bottom hand power.

Short third man, short fine leg, point and cover

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

1st65WU TharangaMDKJ Perera
2nd14MDKJ PereraEMDY Munaweera
3rd41MDKJ PereraDAS Gunaratne
4th27S PrasannaMDKJ Perera
5th11NLTC PereraS Prasanna