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Kusal ton helps Lanka complete white wash

Press Trust of India | Mirpur | Posted: February 23, 2014 2:20 am

Opener Kusal Perera hit his maiden century as Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by six wickets to sweep the one-day series 3-0 on Saturday.

Sri Lanka scored 246/4 in reply to Bangladesh’s 240-8 with captain Angelo Mathews smashing a six to complete the third ODI victory at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Perera made 106 and added 138 runs with Dinesh Chandimal, who scored 64.

Sri Lanka won the toss and made Bangladesh bat. Mominul Haque hit a run-a-ball 60. Seamer Dhammika Prasad claimed three wickets in his first match of the series as new-look Sri Lanka restricted Bangladesh in the third and final one-day international.

New-ball partner Suranga Lakmal finished with two for 24 in 10 overs after Sri Lanka, enjoying an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, won the toss and elected to field at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

Mominul Haque top-scored with a run-a-ball 60, while valuable contributions from Nasir Hossain (38), Naeem Islam (32) and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (30) gave the hosts their highest score in the series.

Sri Lanka took the field without either of their three veterans, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan, for the first time in a one-dayer since 2000.

Jayawardene and Dilshan were nursing injuries, while Sangakkara was rested ahead of the five-nation Asia Cup which opens in Bangladesh on Tuesday. The hosts missed premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was handed a three-match ban for a lewd on-camera gesture during the second one-dayer on Thursday. Sri Lanka won both the preceding Test and Twenty20 series.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 246/4 in 47.3 overs (K Perera 106, D Chandimal 64, Mahmudullah 2/38) bt Bangladesh 240/8 in 50 overs (M Haque 60, N Hossain 38; D Prasad 3/49, S Lakmal 2/24)

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