Riding on Upul Tharanga and Kusal Mendis’ partnership, Sri Lanka managed to set Bangladesh a target of 312. Mendis, became the fourth youngest Sri Lanka batsman to score an ODI hundred while Tharanga’s 65 was his 30th fifty plus score. With the ball, Taskin Ahmed picked up a hat-trick in the final over but it was too late to prevent the hosts from a massive target. At the break, rain came calling and no play was possible in the second innings. Play was eventually called off at 8.45 PM local time. Bangladesh lead the three match series 1-0 and can’t lose from here.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, 2nd ODI:
2045 hrs IST: BAD NEWS FROM DAMBULLA AS THE MATCH HAS BEEN ABANDONED DUE TO RAIN. Bangladesh will thus not lose this ODI series having already taken a 1-0 lead with the third ODI to be played on April 1.
2020 hrs IST: From heavy raining it has improved to slight drizzle in Dambulla. Good news that but will it be good news for Bangladesh? Remains to be seen.
1938 hrs IST: Still raining in Dambulla. We start losing overs at 7.50 PM local time or in another ten minutes time.
1913 hrs IST: NOO!! When you’re out, you’re really out is something that Sri Lanka players and fans must be thinking at the moment. It has started to rain in Dambulla with the covers coming on. Entire ground is being covered
1830 hrs IST: Taskin became the fifth Bangladesh player after Shahadat Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain and Taijul Islam, to pick up a hat-trick in ODI cricket. But there are bigger problems for the visitors who will need to make history of achieving a target of over 300 runs in Sri Lanka
1822 hrs IST: WICKET! Taskin Ahmed becomes only second Bangladesh player to claim a hattrick in an ODI match. Taskin bowls a yorker to Pradeep, which he mistimes and misses it, and the ball hits the middle and off stump.
1825 hrs IST: Wicket! Taskin is on a hattrick as Rahman takes a stunner to dismiss Lakmal. This is turning out to be a great over for bangladesh.
1812 hrs IST: WICKET! Another good piece of work by wicketkeeper Rahim as he dislodges Dilruwan Perera’s wickets. Sri Lanka have lost their last three men in last three overs.
1810 hrs IST: 300 up for Sri Lanka in the 48th over. It took just 29 deliveries for the hosts to add fifty runs.
1805 hrs IST: Back-to-back two fours for Sri Lanka as they edge close to 300 run mark. Can Sri Lanka finish their innings over 330?
1800 hrs IST: WICKET! Perera departs right after hitting Mortaza for a boundary. Perera comes down the crease but misses the ball as Rahim was quick to hit the wickets. Brilliant display of fielding from the visitors. Earlier, Perera had smashed Mortaza for a four between deep midwicket and deep mid-on.
1756 hrs IST: WICKET! Mehedi Hasan breaks through Siriwardana’s defence as he knocks off his off stump. Bangladesh taking wickets at crucial time.
1753 hrs IST: DROPPED! Mehedi runs to the 30-yard circle from the boundary line , gets his hand under the ball but loses his grip as he dives to grab the ball. Siriwardana gets a life-line. Sri Lanka going for big hits as four overs left.
1749 hrs IST: Just seven runs from last two overs as Bangladesh making full use of absence of fielding restrictions. Siriwardana is batting at 21 while Gunaratne has scored 17 off 17 balls.
1743 hrs IST: Mehedi Hasan Miraz in to the attack, Mushfiq Rahim misses a chance to knock off Gunaratne’s stumps. After 42 overs Sri Lanka has managed to score 242 for the loss of five wickets.
1732 hrs IST: Siriwardana and Gunaratne in the middle for Sri Lanka as the hosts eye to put up a big total against Bangladesh batsmen. Taskin has conceded just one boundary so far.
1725 hrs IST: WICKET! Taskin Ahmed strikes, gets centurion Kusal Mendis. Taskin takes this one off his own bowling. Mendis comes down and plays it towards long-on but the ball hits Taskin’s left shoulder and goes high. Tasking does well to recover from the blow and collects the ball. Two new batsmen in the middle now for Sri Lanka
1716 hrs IST: WICKET! Rahman strikes to provide a much needed breakthrough as he gets Chandimal out leg-before. Chandimal has asked for a review, but on-field umpire’s decision stays as the batsman makes his way back to the pavilion.
1714 hrs IST: Rahman back into the attack and he is on it straight away. Rahman gets a top-edge of Chandimal as the ball travels towards third man but Mosaddek was not close as the ball falls in no-man’s land.
1712 hrs IST: HUNDRED! Mendis plays it down to fine leg for a single as he brings up his maiden ODI hundred. Fourth youngest Sri Lanka batsman to score an ODI century.
1710 hrs IST: 14 more overs left and Sri Lanka need to win this match to level the series and stay in hunt of winning the four-match series.
1705 hrs IST: FOUR! Kusal Mendis into his nineties as he smashes back to back two fours as 200 up for the hosts. Mendis is two runs short of his maiden ODI hundred.
1700 hrs IST: Bangladesh has asked for a TV review after the on-field umpire didn’t find bat-ball connection. Mortaza geso upstairs without wasting anytime, Rahim signals for a review. Umpire’s call stays although the ball indicator shows that the ball was hitting the middle-leg stump.
1655 hrs IST: FOUR! Chandimal comes down the pitch as he hits the ball to long-on for a four. Shakib has conceded 40-runs in seven overs. Mashrafe Mortaza to continue from the other end.
1650 hrs IST: Fifty run partnership between Mendis and Chandimal. Chandimal has scored 8 while Mendis has contributed with quickfire 44
1648 hrs IST: nothing going in Bangladesh’s way as Mendis continues to battle it out against their bowlers. Seems as if Sri Lankan batsmen have done their homework pretty well.
1644 hrs IST: 30 overs gone and Sri Lanka are 175/2. Mendis is batting at 80 while Chandimal has scored 8 from 10 balls. Mustafizur Rahim needs to make some changes in bowling if they intend to bounce back in the game.
1643 hrs IST: FOUR! Back-to-back four for Mendis as 13-runs come from the 30th over, Mendis sweeps this one to deep square leg for four runs followed by a hit to midwicket for anothe four.
1638 hrs IST: Sri Lankan batsmen are attacking Bangladesh’s bowlers. With Mendis settled and Chandimal in fine touch, Sri Lanka need to make sure that they don’t lose their path from here
1635 hrs IST: FOUR! Mendis tries to sweep the ball but plays it late as the ball hits his gloves and rushes towards the boundary line. Also, 150 up for Sri Lanka in the 28th over.
1625 hrs IST: FOUR! Kusal mendis raises his bat as he brings up his ninth ODI half-century. Just three fours and six in his innings of 63 balls to bring up his fifty. There is a change in bowling as Rahim brings Mosaddek in for Shakib Al Hasan.
1623 hrs IST: WICKET! Tharanga has to go as he falls short of making it in to the crease. Mahmudullah comes up with a superb through as Bangladesh get the much needed breakthrough.
1620 hrs IST: And both the batsmen congratulate each other as the duo has added 100-run together for the second wicket.
1618 hrs IST: Good over for Sri Lanka as 9-runs come from the 24th over. Also, 100 runs partnership betwwen tharanga and Mendis. Bot hthese batsmen need to stick together to propel hosts to a defendable total.
1611 hrs IST: FIFTY! Tharanga takes a single off Rahman to bring up his 30th one-day international half-century. He has had a decent ODI career so far, the left-handed batsman has scored 14 hundreds and 30 half-centuries in 200 matches.
1610 hrs IST: A good short-pitched delivery from Mustafizur…Tharanga leaves easily
1608 hrs IST: Tharanga tries to go hard on that tossed up delivery from Mehedi but only manages to mis-time it completely
1607 hrs IST: Mehedi Hasan is in for the attack from the other end…He hasn’t been able to pick any wickets so far in the match
1605 hrs IST: Mustafizur is looking good now…That one just angling into the left-handed Tharanga…At the end of 21st over, Sri Lanka are 104/1
1600 hrs IST: Tharanga just tried to slash an outside off-stump delivery but only manages to edge it and this one goes to third-man for a single
1540 hrs IST: Sri Lanka go past the 100-run mark with Mendis at 33 and Tharanga looking settled at 47…
1522 hrs IST: FOUR and a chance goes missing. Edged by Mendis as he looked to angle it away on the up but the ball finds the gap between Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah between the slip region. Neither move from their place
1505 hrs IST: FOUR! Tharanga with a cover drive to Mehedi Hasan. Looped up outside off and Tharanga puts his weight behind the shot and with an open blade sends it through the vacant region
1456 hrs IST: Mashrafe’s right leg is heavily strapped and it comes off for a moment. Support staff comes out to tend to him
1450 hrs IST: Kusal Mendis is the new batsman in for Sri Lanka. Mashrafe is mixing things up – going over the stumps to Mendis and around the stumps to Tharanga
1441 hrs IST: GONE! Gunathilaka departs! A cutter from This was the cutter from Mashrafe. Hip-high and going away outside off, Danushka does not spot the change. He pulls early and slices it over square leg. Three fielders come underneath but it is Mushfiqur who completes a brilliant catch
1439 hrs IST: Quick start for the hosts. Smashing the ball to all corners of the park. 12/0 after two overs with Mehedi Hasan bowling the second over
1430 hrs IST: And we’re underway. Mashrafe Mortaza opens the bowling. Upul Tharanga and Danushka Gunathilaka with the bat
1415 hrs IST: TEAMS:
Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Upul Tharanga (capt.), Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Asela Gunaratne, Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera, Dilruwan Perara, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Kulasekara, Nuwan Pradeep
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedi Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman
1400 hrs IST: TOSS: Sri Lanka have won the toss and opted to bat first in the second ODI.
1355 hrs IST: The last time Bangladesh won an ODI series away from home was against Zimbabwe in 2009. This win, if it were to happen, against a normally strong Sri Lanka side would be a massive coup. Toss approaching
1330 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog for the second ODI between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Bangladesh posted 324/5 – their second highest ODI total – in the first ODI and the skipper Mashrafe Mortaza wants the batsmen to convert good starts into even bigger scores. Dambulla was the venue for the first ODI and is the venue for the second ODI as well, will we see the same result? Or Sri Lanka will show more resolve and be smarter in their approach – both with the bat and with the ball?