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
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."
driven firmly to point as they scamper a single
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
Kulasekara is back. Light beginning to dip. Umpires aren't too perturbed though. Batsmen aren't complaining either. Why would they?
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. "
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
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
too full on the pads, flicked to deep midwicket to bring up his maiden ODI fifty
tickled to short fine leg.
Even Athar Ali Khan believes this is a little too steep for Bangladesh.
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
punched down to long-on as they jog the single
looks to take him on with the pull, gets a top edge that flies over the keeper's head. Easy runs, handy runs
slower delivery that grips the surface and takes a thick inside edge on the way to fine leg. He pushed outside the line
looks to flick an incoming length ball from around the stumps, clips pad on the way through to Chandimal
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
back of length on middle and leg, turned to square leg
steps out and punches one to long-off
straighter one from around the stumps, he gets forward and defends
gets back and across as he defends
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
swept with the spin to deep backward square leg