Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Pallekele March 28, 2013

Bangladesh level series with tight win


Bangladesh 184 for 7 (Anamul 40) beat Sri Lanka 302 for 9 (Dilshan 125, Kusal 56, Razzak 5-62) by 3 wickets (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Bangladesh scampered to a series-levelling win against Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI, in Pallekele, winning by three wickets in a rain-hit encounter. They were helped along by Nasir Hossain's composed 33 off 27 balls late in the chase, the visitors showing nerves as they neared the victory - their first in 15 completed games against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.

Overall it was a fine occasion for the visitors, who had left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak becoming the first Bangladesh bowler to aggregate 200 ODI wickets, as he picked up a five-wicket haul that helped drag them back into the game after Sri Lanka's openers had built a fine platform. The hosts didn't build appropriately on that excellent start, ending up at 302 for 9 in their 50 overs when they looked on course for much more.

Bangladesh began their innings in an equally good manner, with Mohammad Ashraful and Anamul Haque adding 77 runs for the first wicket. But rain delayed the chase for more than two hours, with the score at 78 for 1 in 13.4 overs. As play restarted at 10.20pm local time, as per Duckworth-Lewis calculations, the visitors needed to score another 105 runs to win in the next 13.2 overs, and they did.

But things could have been different had Bangladesh wilted after Lasith Malinga's final over. The two wickets he claimed in that over all but sealed the series for the home side but Nasir charged at Thisara Perera in the next, the penultimate over. He took 14 out of the 18 runs required in that over, playing an easy square-cut and two proper slogs over midwicket to snatch back the momentum. With two runs to win off seven balls, Sohag Gazi top-edged one over wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara, before turning and giving his batting partner a hug.

Promoted up to No. 5, Nasir witnessed madness at the other end as the batsmen gave a chance to the calm Sri Lankan fielders and bowlers almost every over. But he minded his own end, ensuring he was there when the business end of the game came about.

The madness began when Jahurul tried to slog or take off for a suicidal single every other ball, and it contributed to his dismissal. He was batting well when not charging at the bowlers, but he thought it was a situation that called for a change from first to fifth gear. The same can be said about captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who was run out after Nasir had pushed the ball towards the bowler Perera. His deputy Mahmudullah was stringing together an important partnership with Nasir when he decided to play a reverse-sweep off Sachithra Senanayake when the team needed just 39 off 33 balls.

But the home side waited far too long to bring on the offspinner Senanayake after the rain break, and that probably cost them. Senanayake's angle from around the wicket gave the Bangladesh batsmen too much to think about, and there were several moments when wickets were just inches away. He took 2 for 26 from his six overs. Jeevan Mendis hasn't bowled an over in the series and given the visitors' weakness against legspinners, Mathews missed a trick there too.

It was a completely different game than the one played earlier in the afternoon under brilliant sunshine. Sri Lanka posted a formidable target with Tillakaratne Dilshan scoring his 16th ODI hundred, and second of the series. Along with Kusal Perera, he added 116 for the first wicket but the Bangladesh spinners gained some footing and it ultimately held Sri Lanka back in the final ten overs too.

Perera scored his first ODI fifty in the typical manner that everyone has been awed by so far in his short career. He went after the bowling from the third over when he hit a straight six, and then continued to pelt the pace bowlers who went for plenty in the first seven overs.

Dilshan went after the bowling in the two Powerplays but remained the anchor through most of the innings. However, he found little support at the other end.

The middle-order shuffle didn't help the hosts as none of Thisara Perera, Mathews or Mendis could contribute as they were expected to. It was left to Lahiru Thirimanne, who was pushed down the order, to bang out two sixes in his quickfire 25, which took them past the 300-run mark.

Razzak's five wickets apart, Mahmudullah and Sohag Gazi tightened things up whenever they were asked to bowl. Mahmudullah made up for his poor run of form with the bat, bowling his ten overs for 50 runs while Gazi was once again accurate during most parts of his spell. And in the end, it all added up to victory for Bangladesh.

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

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  • Rob on March 31, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    Bahar Hossain on (March 30, 2013, 9:13 GMT) Interesting point that BD now 2nd best team (presumably in ODI's) after India, not sure how you come to this conclusion as it is not based on results/ranking points. Possibly you are better than Zimbabwe and Ireland but not by much, good luck for the future.

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    its really hilarious to see some of the comments made by BD supporters. True they are a good side for future. but they have long way to be equal Srilankans. Srilanka are one time world champions in 50 over cricket. 2 times runner ups. 2 times t20 world cup runner ups. Made semis in 2003. And in 2008/9 we were ranked no 2 in test cricket, and current no 1 in T20s. So we dont need D/L, rain or to loose major BD players to beat a team like BD. Its true u played well in 3rd onedayer. Dats how cricket is. But if we play 10 games we will fancy our chances to beat u at least 8 times. But we wanna see a improved BD side as ur an Asian brother of ours. But lets speak about the game with proper grounds mates.

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Obviously, Sri-lanka team is better than BD. Bangladesh is a newcomer in ICC family. They have to learn more. India came in ICC test doubt in 1932 and after 20 years, India won their first test in 1952, after 60 years India got their first white-wash sereis win in test in 1992, after 50 years India got their first white-wash sereis win in ODI in1982 and after 51 years India won the ICC world cup. Bangladesh came in ICC test boubt in 2000 and did so much batter expect ICC world cup. Then I say and agree India team is so much batter then BD. BD is a child, just have got birth.

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    I have seen many Sri Lanka's fan talking about word cup winning team !! According to their theory they ware never better than Australia and India as they have won more world cup then Sri Lanka. Also South Africa is never better than Sri Lanka ???. I suggest Sri Lankan's fan to avoid logic from game. it is for fun and entertainment. you dont need to bring statistics when you loose against BD.

  • Amila on March 30, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Saw some BD fans commented that BD are #8 in ODI rankings ahead of NZ. But it's not. BD still #9. Check the ICC rankings. One rare win doesn't make a big difference.

  • Yasiru on March 30, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    we lost the match but remember we never lost the is just 4 matches for BD while SL has won 33 i guess..It says who are better ...But as world champions we should play more well.We shoild not loose these type of matches..I admit that we will win easily if 50 overs were played but In any challenge given by D/L method even though it is advantagable or not we should cope with that as world class team...that is why we are infront of Bd and wC champions ...So i say it is a big loss for us ..This is very bad for our standards .. we should not give a slightest of chance to any minnow at any time...I know this type of rare losses can come but we should take responsibility and not let this happen anymore...well played BD ..We are not excusing our team it is our fault and a big draw back for us ..we will make sure we will never let any future game slip from us in any case ..even in worst scenarios...that is how World class teams and fans do..Accept the defeat and move on for win.

  • Chris on March 30, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    I feel bad for those Bangladesh critics fans, experts, journalists etc that Bangladesh for once are producing a lot of young talents and are finally going in the right direction and add that to its huge fanbase and they cannot swallow it well :) our Tamim and Shakib are still young men and in addition we have new very young talented players i.e. bat - Anamul who was the top run scorer at the under-19 world cup by a distance and had a great start to his International career scoring a 120 against the West Indies, Mominul, Shamsur and of course Nasir Hossain who will most likely become the best batsman of Bangladesh. With the ball, we found for once a very good young off spinner Sohag Gazi who can also bat a bit and a 17 year old fast bowler Taskin Ahmed. So much promise for Bangladesh Cricket now and long may it continue so good luck haters :)

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Nice team with lots of young players......this could become a +ve point when they get experience and sufficient amount of exposure......all the best ;)

  • Duttagupta on March 30, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Guys I still see, BD winning matches once in a while, not consistently. Yes there were two winnings against WI (3-2) and NZ (4-0) where they fielded their second string team as almost all the team members were injured, under spinning conditions. But truly speaking the odds are heavily against the team for critical matches. Least to say in Test Matches. Given the performance of NZ beating SA , ICC should check why they are below BD.

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Bangladesh is now the best team after India.Look at the last one year's record you will get prove.Rather BD is now disciplined and balanced team. Bangladesh just beat srilanka by 60% team.Our main players are injured.If they come Bangladesh might be world champion or runners up on coming worldcup.It's not only my emotional talking,statics also saying this.GOOD LUCK BANGLADESH.

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