Dhaka, Fri, Feb 2018
Tigers concede 79-run defeat against Lankans
27 January 2018,Saturday, 20:26
Bangladesh lost the tri-nation ODI series conceding a 79-run defeat against Sri Lanka in the final at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
This is for the 3rd time that the Tigers suffered defeat in the finals of an ODI tournament after conceding a two-wicket loss against Sri Lanka in the tri-nation series in Dhaka in 2009 and a narrow two-run defeat against Pakistan in the Asia Cup Cricket in 2012 in Dhaka.
In the day’s match, chasing a target of 222 runs, Shakib Al Hasan-less Tigers finished on 142/10 in 41.1 overs where Mahmudullah Riyad hammered a half century of 76 off 92 balls, including six boundaries and three sixes, to be the only notable scorer for the hosts side.
Mahmudullah shared a partnership of 58 off 13.2 overs with Mushfiqur Rahim in the 4th wicket stand to carry the team total to 80/4 in 22.4 overs, recovering the Tigers’ early loss of 22/3 in 9.2 overs.
Mushfiqur (22 off 40b; 1x4) was caught by Upul Tharanga off Akila Dananjaya to depart from the 4th stand.
Shehan Madushanka made a hat-trick on his international debut capturing wickets – skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Rubel Hossain and Mahmudullah –conceding 26 runs in 6.1 overs.
Dushmantha Chameera and Akila Dananjaya bagged to wickets each for 17 and 30 runs in eight and nine overs respectively.
Bangladesh suffered an early batting collapse in their innings losing three top-order batsmen – Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Mithun (10 off 27b; 1x6) and Sabbir -- for 22/3 in 9.2 overs.
Sabbir was caught by Asela Gunaratne off Dushmantha Chameera who also found dependable opener Tamim for the first breakthrough on 11/1 in 5.3 overs.
Tamim was caught by Akila Dananjaya while Mithun was run out adding 10 off 27 balls with a six, leaving the team collection on 17/2 in 8.1 overs.
Batting first after winning the toss, Sri Lanka scored 221 for all in 50 overs spurred by Upul Tharanga’s top-scoring 56 off 99 balls, including five boundaries.
The Tigers missed out their all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as was hospitalised with a finger injury what he suffered during fielding when Sri Lankans were on 175/5 in 41.1 overs.
Shakib was taken to Apollo Hospitals Dhaka for a scan on his finger and he needed stitches which ruled him out of the rest of the match, said Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) physician Debashish Chowdhury.
Mustafizur delivered the 1st ball of innings 42nd over to skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who hammered it angling across to off stump, Shakib sprinted in from extra-cover area before throwing himself forward to pick up and scoop to the bowler's end, but landed awkwardly to hurt him in some way.
Cutter master Mustafizur Rahman bowled out Upul Tharanga on Lankans 158/4 in 35.3 overs to become the 1st Bangladesh bowler to get fastest 50 wickets in ODI cricket which is joint 13th in the world record along five others. Mustafizur got two wickets for economic 29 runs in 10 overs.
Another pace bowler Rubel Hossain was the most successful wicket-taker in the innings, grabbing four wickets --skipper Dinesh Chandimal (45 off 74b; 1x6), Asela Gunaratne (6), Akila Dananjaya (17 off 16b; 1x4; 1x6) and Shehan Madushanka (7) –conceding 46 runs in 10 overs.
Earlier, Mohammad Saifuddin got another crucial wicket -- Niroshan Dickwella (42 off 57b; 4x4) -- when the Sri Lankans were recovering their top-order collapse with the 3rd pair stand of 71 off 17.5 overs.
Dickwella came to the crease after the dismissal of Kusal Mendis on 42/2 in the 6th over and paired with Upul Tharanga in the 3rd wicket before being caught by Sabbir Rahman on 113/3 in 23.5 overs. Saifuddin got Dickwella in his 5th ball of 2nd over.
Young all-rounder m Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Tigers’ skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza shook the Sri Lankans top order batting line sharing one wicket each mesmerising the audience in a bright sunny day at the Tigers happy hunting ground in Mirpur.
Miraz made the first breakthrough for the Tigers taking opener Danushka Gunathilaka (6) when Sri Lankans were on 8 in 2.5 overs. Miraz got Gunathilaka who was caught by Bangladesh’s dashing opener Tamim Iqbal in his 5th ball of the 2nd over.
Mashrafe got Kusal Mendis caught by Mamudullah Riadh in his 3rd ball of the 3rd over.
Saifuddin, Mashrafe and Miraz conceded 15, 35 and 53 runs to share three wickets equally, delivering 4, 7 and 10 overs respectively.
Bangladesh started their campaign with an eight-wicket against Zimbabwe and a record 163-run win against Sri Lanka before finding Zimbabwe again for a 91-run victory.
Sri Lanka lost the first game by 12 runs against Zimbabwe which made the exit from the race and found the same side for a five-wicket win before beating hosts Bangladesh in the 6th match of the series by 10 wickets.
In their 44 ODI encounters, Bangladesh secured only six wins against 36 losses against Sri Lanka. Two matches ended in no results.
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