3rd ODI, Colombo (SSC), Apr 1 2017, Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka
(44.3/50 ov, target 281)210
Sri Lanka won by 70 runs
Player Of The Match
52 (40)
Player Of The Series
160 runs

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."

Kulasekara to Taskin, 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
Kulasekara to Mustafizur, 1 run

driven firmly to point as they scamper a single

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?

end of over 447 runs
BAN: 209/8CRR: 4.75 RRR: 12.00
Taskin Ahmed14 (26)
Mehidy Hasan Miraz51 (70)
Asela Gunaratne 2-0-16-0
Suranga Lakmal 8-0-38-2
Gunaratne to Taskin, no run

squeezes a full delivery to cover

walrus: "If only, if only... with how everything seems to be proceeding so far, would be interesting to see how the match would've panned out if BD took some of the key moments into their favour. But first things first, they've got to sort out their batting order, with the pinch hitting near the end, and the proper technically correct batsmen in Mossadek, Mahmudullah and Mehedi in the middle order. "

Gunaratne to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 1 run

looks to muscle this over long-on but the ball took ages to get to him and by then, he was nearly through with the stroke, down to long-on

Gunaratne to Taskin, 1 run

chips one towards the man coming in from long-on. Looked to flick that over midwicket but looked like it came off the back of the bat

Gunaratne to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 1 run

too full on the pads, flicked to deep midwicket to bring up his maiden ODI fifty

Gunaratne to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, no run

tickled to short fine leg.

Even Athar Ali Khan believes this is a little too steep for Bangladesh.

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

end of over 438 runs
BAN: 202/8CRR: 4.69 RRR: 11.28
Mehidy Hasan Miraz45 (66)
Taskin Ahmed13 (24)
Suranga Lakmal 8-0-38-2
Dilruwan Perera 10-1-47-2
Lakmal to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 1 run

punched down to long-on as they jog the single

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

Lakmal to Taskin, 1 run

slower delivery that grips the surface and takes a thick inside edge on the way to fine leg. He pushed outside the line

Lakmal to Taskin, no run

looks to flick an incoming length ball from around the stumps, clips pad on the way through to Chandimal

Lakmal to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 1 run

thumped back past the bowler, who moves out of the way on his followthrough, down to long-off

This is the highest ninth-wicket stand for Bangladesh against Sri Lanka

Lakmal to Taskin, 1 run

back of length on middle and leg, turned to square leg

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