Player of the Match
Player of the Match

6.00pm So Bangladesh will have to wait longer to record their first bilateral ODI series win over Sri Lanka. The difference tonight, I reckon, is that blistering half-century from Thisara Perera. Lifted Sri Lanka to 280 after two horrendous run outs. Then with the new ball, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Kulasekara were outstanding. The damage upfront gave enough cushion for the spinners even when Shakib and Soumya briefly threatened to take the game away from them through a fine counter-attack. The old adage of 'one brings two' held true again as Sri Lanka kept chipping away at the wickets to put this beyond the visitors. Credit to Mehedi for a gutsy half-century but he was simply delaying the inevitable. Over to the two T20Is on April 4 and 6 then to round-off what has been a cracking tour so far. Level in the Tests, Level in the ODIs.

"We lost the match in the first 10 overs, both with the bat and ball. 280 was definitely chaseable," says Mashrafe Mortaza. "There wasn't much pressure on us coming today. We've to sit together and come with plans for the next series in Ireland."

Kusal Mendis is the Player of the Series for scoring 160 runs, including a sublime century in the second ODI.

"Really happy with the way I'm batting," says Man of the Match Thisara Perera. "I'm returning to the side after six months. I've done well at training, I just want to keep this going."

44.3
W
Kulasekara to Taskin Ahmed, OUT, this is a length ball on middle which Taskin looks to mow over wide long-on but ends up getting it on the top half of his bat, which means there's more elevation than distance. The man coming in from the boundary had enough time to stop, settle underneath, then again run forward to complete the catch on the move. Sri Lanka's first win in eight ODIs. Series ends 1-1

Taskin Ahmed c Gunaratne b Kulasekara 14 (27b 1x4 0x6) SR: 51.85

44.1
W
Kulasekara to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, OUT, slower delivery outside off, Mehedi takes it on the full but toe-ends it to the man at the edge of the ring at cover. Gutsy knock

Mehidy Hasan Miraz c Tharanga b Kulasekara 51 (71b 6x4 0x6) SR: 71.83

Kulasekara is back. Light beginning to dip. Umpires aren't too perturbed though. Batsmen aren't complaining either. Why would they?

43.3
1
Gunaratne to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 1 run, too full on the pads, flicked to deep midwicket to bring up his maiden ODI fifty
43.1
4
Gunaratne to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, FOUR runs, how's that for placement? There's point and short third man. But he manufactures some width by moving to the leg side, then unfurls his wrists to pick that gap between the two fielders. Solid timing too
42.5
4
Lakmal to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, FOUR runs, looks to take him on with the pull, gets a top edge that flies over the keeper's head. Easy runs, handy runs
41.3
4
MDK Perera to Taskin Ahmed, FOUR runs, drifting into the pads, tickled into the fine leg boundary. Don't think he intended to hit it to the boundary but ended up deflecting it nicely
40.4
4
Lakmal to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, FOUR runs, too full, he backs away and drills that full delivery into the cover boundary. The umpire signalled two bouncers for the over, which meant Lakmal couldn't bowl a bouncer. So he anticipated a full delivery and made room before making sweet contact. Very good from Mehedi
38.4
4
Siriwardana to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, FOUR runs, swung across the line, doesn't get it off the middle but there's enough to beat the man running around to deep midwicket from deep square leg
36.1
4
Siriwardana to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, FOUR runs, drops it short and is punished. He rocks back and pulls him into the deep backward square leg region where Dilruwan Perera was caught napping. Had he been on the ropes, this would've gone right down his throat.
33.1
W
Prasanna to Mashrafe Mortaza, OUT, lured by the flight, looked to launch him over the ground but ended up hitting it flat to the bowler who took it right in front of his face on the followthrough. Had he missed, the ball would have hit him on the face. Wonder if he has dental insurance. Brings out the 'dab' celebration too. The resistance has ended.

Mashrafe Mortaza c & b Prasanna 16 (23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 69.56

32.5
4
Siriwardana to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, FOUR runs, rocks back and opens the face of the bat late to cut that behind point. Sweet timing

Bangladesh 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st4Tamim IqbalSoumya Sarkar
2nd6Sabbir RahmanSoumya Sarkar
3rd1Mushfiqur RahimSoumya Sarkar
4th77Shakib Al HasanSoumya Sarkar
5th23Shakib Al HasanMosaddek Hossain
6th7MahmudullahShakib Al Hasan
7th9MahmudullahMehidy Hasan Miraz
8th28Mashrafe MortazaMehidy Hasan Miraz
9th54Taskin AhmedMehidy Hasan Miraz
10th1Mustafizur RahmanTaskin Ahmed