An all-round performance on the field helps the hosts win the third ODI against Bangladesh by 70 runs and level the three-match series 1-1. Nuwan Kulasekara was the pick of the bowlers as he returned with the bowling figures of 4/37 while Surunga Lakmal, Dilruwan Perera and S Prasanna took two-wickets apiece. For Bangladesh, it was Shakib Al Hasan and Mehedi Hasan, who showed resistance, but regular wickets on regular intervals never helped the visitors recover from the early scar. Earlier in their 1st innings, Kusal Mendis and Thisara Perara scored fifties before the hosts were bundled out for 280.
1800 hrs IST: That is it! Sri Lanka win their first one-day in eight ODIs. Kulasekara takes his fourth wicket as some work for Gunaratne. Hosts level series 1-1.
1757 hrs IST: WICKET! Kulasekara strikes as he gets the half-centurion Mehedi Hasan on a slower delivery outside off. What a fight the batsman provided but couldn’t hold on as Sri Lanka one wicket away of winning the third ODI match.
1754 hrs IST: FIFTY! Mehedi Hasan scores maiden ODI fifty in Colombo…Visitors have something to cheer about…Bangladesh 208/8
1750 hrs IST: FOUR! With that boundary the visitors go past the 200-run mark…They were tottering at 11/3 at one stage…This will surely boost their confidence
1747 hrs IST: Mehedi Hasan on the other side is playing a sensible knock in Colombo…Though, there is not much left in this match but an innings like this will help him gain some confidence with the bat
1743 hrs IST: FOUR! Taskin deflects the ball to fine leg, bonus points for the batsman as the ball rushes towards the boundary line. Bangladesh 194/8 after 42 overs.
1739 hrs IST: BOUNDARY! Mehedi is on charge today, smashes the ball into the cover boundary. His 38 run innings features four fours. Can Mehedi and Taskin do some kind of a miracle for Bangladesh?
1730 hrs IST: FOUR! Mehedi hits Siriwardana for a four to deep midwicket. Another 100 runs required from 11 overs but with just two wickets in hand, Sri Lanka hold an upper hand.
1716 hrs IST: WICKET! Bangladesh skipper walks back in to the pavilion as Prasanna collects the ball during his followup. And with that Mortaza’s resistance ends. BAN: 156/8
1711 hrs IST: 150 up for Bangladesh as Mortaza hits it down to long-on for a single. Another good over for the visitors as six runs come from the 33rd over. Still have a huge challenge ahead as they need 126 runs with just three wickets remaining.
1710 hrs IST: Good over for Bangladesh as 10 runs come from Kulasekara over. Back-to-back boundaries by Mortaza takes Bangladesh’s score to 149/7 after 32 overs.
1700 hrs IST: Boundaries have dried up and with not much batting left, Bangladesh find it difficult to keep their scorecard ticking. Last boundary came seven overs back and now the current asking run rate is just over 7.
1648 hrs IST: Sri Lanka has been sharp in the field and that has helped them build pressure on Bangladesh batsmen. Tourists still need 149 runs while Sri Lanka needs three wickets to level the series.
1638 hrs IST: WICKET! Just when we were talking about playing all 50 overs…Mahmudullah has gloved one back to the wicket-keeper off Lakmal…And there was no need of this kind of shot…Bangaldesh 127/7
1633 hrs IST: A wide delivery from Lakmal…And Sri Lanka really don’t need to give these kind of extra runs…The game is well set in their favour…24 more overs left in this match and if Bangladesh are able to play 50 overs then there is surely an outside chance for them
1626 hrs IST: WICKET! Shakib Al Hasan walking back slowly as Gunathilaka takes a wonderful catch to dismiss the batsman. Two new batsmen at the crease as Bangladesh lose their control in the match.
1620 hrs IST: Prasanna strikes and Mossadek walks back in to the pavilion. He had just scored 9 runs from 19 balls. Pressure was building on him, the bowlers gets through his defence to knock off his bails. What a day Sri Lanka is having. Whenever Bangladesh build a partnership, bowlers have struck on time. Sri Lanka 111/5 after 23 overs.
1613 hrs IST: FIFTY! 34th one-day international fifty for Shakib Al Hasan as Banglades still require 176 runs to seal the four-match series. His 55 ball innings features seven fours.
1600 hrs IST: Mosaddek plays it late as the ball rushes towards the boundary line but good piece of work by the fielders. Mosaddek and Shakib steel three runs.
1557 hrs IST: WICKET! This is it for Soumya as he gets stumped behind the wicket by Chandimal off Dilruwan Perera. With this 77 run partnership between Sarkar and Shakib comes to an end. Mossadek to come in next.
1545 hrs IST: Shakib and Soumay have added 57 runs after Bangladesh lost Tamim, Rahman and Rahim in heap. Bangladesh still need 210 runs to win the match and seal the four match series.
1527 hrs IST: Good over for Bangladesh as 19 runs come in Dilruwan Perera over. 4,2,0,2,6,4WD.. After 10 overs, visitors are 60/3.
1515 hrs IST: FOUR! Shakib opens the blade of his bat to smash the ball between gully and point for four runs. Eight overs gone, Bangladesh are 30 for the loss of three wickets. Soumya and Shakib have a huge responsibility here. More than runs, they need to first steady Bangladesh’s chase.
1500 hrs IST: A good and early call from Shakib as he steals a quick single…Bangladesh need a solid partnership from here on…And these two batsmen, Shakib and Sarkar have the ability to take on the bowlers and show resistance against them
1457 hrs IST: Shakib al Hasan walks out in the middle and he gets off the mark straight away after guiding tha one to the third man region
1454 hrs IST: WICKET! The on-field decision stands…So Lakmal gets his first wicket and that is a huge wicket…Big fish Rahim has been trapped in the front for a duck and Bangladesh struggling at 11/3
1453 hrs IST: A loud appeal from Sri Lanka and the finger has gone up…Rahim is the man on strike and he has gone for the review…This can be a huge blow for Bangladesh…There is no bat involved but height can be an issue
1452 hrs IST: Chandimal wasn’t hesitant at all to go for that catch just like he was on the previous occasion…He made it look easy
1448 hrs IST: WICKET! Kulasekara scalps another one and that was terrible from Sabbir…An outside off-stump delivery and Rahman tries to slash that one through point but ends up giving a catch to the wicket-keeper…No movement from the batsman whatsoever…Bangladesh 10/2…And in comes Mushfiqur Rahim
1445 hrs IST: Sabbir who has just replaced Tamim is on strike…An that was a lovely delivery from Kulasekara…A length delivery from the right-hander and Sabbir defends that one…Bangladesh 10/1
1437 hrs IST: WICKET! Kulasekara takes it on his own. Bangladesh lose Tamim Iqbal in the first over. Umpire goes upstairs as he believes that Kulasekara dropped it while going for celebration. But the third umpire signals out.
1435 hrs IST: DROPPED! What was that? Kulasekara is unhappy with that as the ball goes par between keeper and first slip. Poor fielding by the two fielders. And the ball rushes towards the boundary line, four runs.
1433 hrs IST: We are back and so are the players. Tamim iqbal and Soumya Sarkar to open for Bangladesh while Kulasekara to bowl the first over.
1400 hrs IST: Thisara Perera’s half-century guides Sri Lanka to set Bangladesh a target of 281. It was his seventh ODI fifty and second of the series.
1355 hrs IST: WICKET! Mortaza comes back after being hit for a four in the last over to get his second wicket of the match. Dilruwan plays it late and misses the ball. Mortaza breaks through his defence and hits the off stump.
1351 hrs IST: FIFTY! Perera steels two quick runs to bring up his seventh ODI half-century. 40-run partnership between Perera and Dilruwan is Sri Lanka’s highest eight wicket partnership against Bangladesh.
1340 hrs IST: 250 up for Sri Lanka as Perera continues to attack against Bangladesh bowlers. Perera is batting at 41 while Dilruwan is batting at 8.
1330 hrs IST WICKET! Rahman gets his second as Prasanna gives an easy to Mahmudullah at long-off. Sri Lanka lose their seventh wicket with just 235 on board.
1320 hrs IST: WICKET! Captain strikes as he gets his first wicket. Gunarane walks back as he hands a easy catch to Mahmudullah. Sri Lanka in deep trouble.
1318 hrs IST: After 43 overs, Sri Lanka are 216/5. Oressure building up on Gunaratne and Perera as last boundary came eight overs before.
1300 hrs IST: WICKET! Rahman provides the much needed breakthrough for Bangladesh. Mendis has to depart after getting a outside edge and being caught behind the stumps by Rahim. This is what the Tigers were looking for.
1253 hrs IST: FOUR! Eight of the over and what a way to end the over. Gunaratne drives it as Sri Lanka edge closer to 200. Eight runs per over from here will help Sri Lanka set a target of 303.
1250 hrs IST: FIFTY! Mendis continues his fine run of form as he brings up his ninth ODI half century. A century in the previous game and an unbeaten half-century here, Mendis is having a wonderful season with the bat. SL 187/4 after 36 overs
1247 hrs IST: Good over for Sri Lanka as eight runs come from the 32nd over. Mendis two runs away from his ninth ODI half-century.
1230 hrs IST: WICKET! Siriwardana departs after mixup between him and Mendis. Brilliant piece of fielding by Bangladesh and great work with the gloves by Rahim. SL 161/4
1221 hrs IST: 150 up for Sri Lanka after 29 overs. Mendis batting at 40 while Milinda Siriwardana on the other side is batting at 4.
1208 hrs IST: WICKET! Even Bangladesh players can’t believe it. A casual run by Chandimal leads to his depart. Rahim appeals to the leg-umpire and the replay shows the batsman was back in the crease but was not in touch with the ground. OUT! signals the third umpire.
1200 hrs IST: Change in bowling as Shakib comes in for Rahman. And there is a runout opportunity straight away. Umpire goes up for TV umpire but its green which pops up. Chandimal safe!
1158 hrs IST: Pressure rebuilding on Sri Lanka as Mortaza and Rahman not giving enough room and space to the batsmen to score. 25 overs gone and Sri Lanka are 131/2.
1150 hrs IST: Another runout opportunity missed. Bangladesh need a wicket here as Mendis and Chandimal slowly putting Sri Lanka in a better position.
1140 hrs IST: Another good over for Sri Lanka as seven runs come from it. Sri Lanka 119/2 after 20 overs.
1131 hrs IST: FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries by Mendis as he looks to attack Shakib Al Hasan. Also, 100 up for Sri Lanka after 18 overs.
1130 hrs IST: FOUR! Chandimal plays a cover drive to welcome Taskin this time as the ball rushes towards the boundary line.
1125 hrs IST: Boundaries have dried up here. three overs gone and not a single boundary here for Sri Lanka. Bowlers have to be credited as they have managed to pull themselves back in the game. Just four runs from three overs and a maiden for Taskin.
1115 hrs IST: WICKET! Upul Tharanga b Taskin Ahmed 35. Tharanga had been holding on to his resistance but this time Taskin breaks through his defence and hits middle stump. Second wicket gone for Sri Lanka.
1050 hrs IST: WICKET! Mehedi strikes as he gets dangerous Gunathilaka out. Mahmudullah takes a sitter and good bowling by the bowler. Sri Lanka lose their first after 10 overs.
1025 hrs IST: Five overs gone and Sri Lanka are 31 for the loss of no wicket. Gunathilaka batting at 12 and with two fours and a six, Tharanga is not out for 16.
1013 hrs IST: DROPPED! This can prove to be costly for Bangladesh as Mortaza drops Gunathilaka. He can be destructive later on in the innings.
1010 hrs IST: FOUR! A boundary to end the second over. A four to begin the over and a four to end the over for Tharanga. Sri Lanka 12/0
1000 hrs IST: Tharanga and Gunathilaka are in the middle while Mortaza to begin the proceedings for Bangladesh.
0945 hrs IST: Both the captains are out in the middle and ready for the toss. Mortaza wins the toss and elects to field first. Once again Sri Lanka will heavily rely on Tharanga and Gunathilaka for a strong start. Bangladesh is unchanged while Prasanna comes in for Nuwan Pradeep for Sri Lanka.
0925 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh third ODI. Just a quick recap of the series so far. Bangladesh won the series opener by 90-runs to take 1-0 lead. Hosts came back strong in the second ODI and showed a good batting show, however, after setting a target of 311 runs, rain played spoilsport as the second game in Dambulla was called off.