Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, SL vs Ban 2nd ODI Highlights: Sri Lanka chased down 239 for victory in the second ODI of the three-match series against Bangladesh at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Bangladesh put up 238/8 in 50 overs, courtesy Mushfiqur Rahim’s unbeaten 98 and a 84-run stand shared between him and Mehidy Hasan. In reply, Sri Lanka got off to the most perfect start possible, with 21-year-old Avishka Fernando taking the visiting side’s bowlers to the cleaners. After his 82, the rest of the Lankan batsmen chipped in with responsible knocks to take the home side to victory with 5.2 overs to spare.
With this win, Sri Lanka have clinched the three-match series, their first ODI series win at home in 44 months. Sri Lanka earlier beat Bangladesh by 91 runs on Friday. Kusal Perera’s century led the way for Sri Lanka to put 314 on the board in the first ODI while Lasith Malinga claimed three wickets later, helping the hosts bowl Bangladesh out for 223 in the 42nd over.
Bangladesh in Sri Lanka, 3 ODI Series, 2019R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 25 August 2019
Sri Lanka 242/3 (44.4)
Bangladesh 238/8 (50.0)
Match Ended ( Day - 2nd ODI ) Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 7 wickets
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, SL vs Ban 2nd ODI Highlights:
Mathews thanks the crowd
"We haven't been playing very good cricket over the past couple of years. It's been disappointing, we have disappointed the fans. But, they have turned out in numbers, thank them for backing us all the way and coming to watch us play," says Angelo Mathews. What a time to be a Sri Lankan fan! Avishka Fernando's emergence and these back-to-back victories against Bangladesh must be filling them with rare joy. A home ODI series win after 44 months has come today. For Bangladesh, they will be thinking how they can set their house right after being swatted away by Sri Lanka in consecutive matches.
Sri Lanka win
Mathews hits the winning runs. The veteran smashes the last ball of the match for a four to bring up his 39th ODI half-ton. Sri Lanka win by 7 wickets with 5.2 overs to spare.
Avishka Fernando is named the Man of the Match.
SL need 14 more runs
Victory in sight now for the home team. This has been over as a contest for a while now though. Both Mathews and Mendis on 38, both 12 short of a landmark. Most probably neither will get to the mark. From the home team's perspective though, it will be heartening how every batsman in this team has chipped in with runs. Avishka Fernando's 82-run blitzkrieg at the top of the order set the stage for the non-contest that followed afterwards, for sure, but how Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews have carried on the good work without trying anything too flashy will be a positive sign for Sri Lanka.
SL need 36 off 13 overs
Mathews and Mendis are stroking the ball through for singles at will. Fifty partnership has come up between the two of them. Mustafizur is welcomed into his 8th over with a four by Mathews off the first ball. Tamim has his face buried in his hands. None of his trump cards have worked today. The only bright spots for Bangladesh today wa the partnership between Mushfiqur and Mehidy. Taijul gave the Lankan batters some problems, but it was still too little to bother the home team. Another beautiful shot from Mathews produces another four runs. BAN 213/3 after 38 overs.
Sri Lanka on course for first home ODI series win since 2015
It has been 44 months since Sri Lanka last won an ODI series at home. In 2015, when they beat West Indies. It has been a long long wait but it seems they are on course to breaking that jinx today. Bangladesh are scraping the barrell here - Soumya Sarkar has the ball now. Sabbir Rahman has bowled one over too. It is true Bangladesh have many of these batsmen who can competetively roll their arms around, but surely going to them at this stage signals that they are hoping for a breakthrough instead of planning one. And anyway, if Tamim thinks he needs 10 overs from his fifth bowling option today, he's surely mistaken. This match will get over with at least 5-6 overs to spare, going by how the match is proceeding.
Sri Lanka's rate spikes again
15 runs have come off the last 11 balls between Mathews and Mendis. Bangladesh sometimes guilty of trying too many things too quickly today. For instance, they are bowling short balls, but without any pace. Mathews pounces on one such ball to swat it away for four on the on side. One has to wonder, if only Shakib al Hasan had been present in this side, the pressure applied on the batsmen could have been so much more.
Slump in scoring rate
After those two wickets of the two set batsmen, there has been a dip in the scoring rate. Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis are taking their time to get their eyes set in. There have been 11 runs and one wicket in the last 5 overs. With the start Avishka's 82 has given the home team, they can afford to take all the time in the world. 91 runs needed off the next 23 overs. So, despite all the new energy Bangladesh are showing on the field at the moment, Sri Lanka are still well poised.
Kusal Perera now falls in Mustafizur's trap. Soumya Sarkar this time pouches the catch. Another soft dismissal after a positive start. Sri Lanka now three down and senior pro Angelo Mathews comes out at No.5.
Avishka out for 82
Avishka Fernando is gone for 82 off 75 balls. What a gem of an innings from the young opener! Was living on the edge throughout his innings, even had a near-catch opportunity that was let go off in the last over. Against Mustafizur, he tries to go big again, but Tamim pouches the catch.
Sri Lanka coasting
Despite the relative decrease in the scoring rate, Sri Lanka are still going about this chase at a strike rate in excess of 6. Kusal Perera, who has come in at No.3 is complementing Avishka Fernando well, taking some off the pressure off him. Avishka's strike rate has never dropped below 100 and Perera is also scoring at an almost run-a-ball rate. SRI LANKA 111/1 after 18 overs. Don't we all miss David Shepherd on these days!
Avishka still lording over Bangladesh
Bangladesh cannot find a way past Avishka's bat. The boundary count has gone down a bit after the end of the powerplay overs, but the runs are keeping on coming. Bangladesh need to ensure their shoulders do not drop. At the moment though, Sri Lanka look well set to clinch the match and the series in quick time.
First breakthrough for Sri Lanka. Mehidy Hasan, brought back into the attack, gets the wicket immediately. Dimuth Karunaratne departs for 15. Sri Lanka 71/1 after 11.3 overs. The danger man is Avishka Fernando though. There was a 'COME ON!' from Mehidy after that wicket, but a long as Avishka is in the middle, Bangladesh have no respite.
Avishka blasts off
If it was Malinga who the crowd had come to see in the last match, it is young Avishka Fernando who is making them dance to his tune today. Batting at a strike of around 150, he is looking like he will get this chase over in no time. On 46 now. Even Mustafizur, who has just been brought on, is leaking runs and wides as Bangladesh find themselves under huge pressure early on.
Avishka launches an assault
Avishka Fernando has got the crowd chanting his name. Smashes three consecutive fours in the 6th over! 16 runs come ff that over and the shackles are off! SL move to 33/0 after 6 overs. That one over changes the complexion of the innings. There were five tight overs before this. And that over forces a bowling change. Taijul Islam brought on. Still, no Mustafizur.
Steady start from the openers
Avishka and Dimuth have seen the first few overs off. One has to think though - shouldn't Bangladesh have opened with Mustafizur? Shafiul Islam and Mehidy Hasan sharing new ball duties here. But shouldn't they be looking for an early wicket or two and start with their strike bowler?
Avishka Fernando and Dimuth Karunaratne are opening the batting for the home team. Bangladesh are starting with off spin. Mehidy Hasan bowls the first over. Mushfiqur Rahim has not taken the field after that titanic innings from him with the bat. Enamul Haque the substitute keeper on the field.
Mushfiqur Rahim becomes the 3rd Bangladeshi batsman to score 6,000+ ODI runs; joining Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan
Sri Lanka to chase 239 for victory
At one stage, Bangladesh were 117-6 today. At that stage, with 18 overs to play and no specialist batsman to bat with him, Mushfiqur Rahim came up with a batting masterclass today. Needed someone to stick with him for a while, and what a hand Mehidy Hasan played. And after some incredible drama in the 50th over in the quest to get Mushfiqur on strike, Bangladesh get to 238.
Incredible incredible 50th over!
Overthrows! Runs outs! A century nearing! This over has everything. The ball missed Mustafizur's bat but yet again Mushfiqur was ready with one glove off to scamper through for the single. This time his partner does make his ground. However, in an attempt to get another run out wicket, Sri Lanka concede two ovethrows!
Mushfiqur on strike on 97 with two balls to go. And oh! Again, he can only manage a single. So, he will finish on 98. Mustafizur gets two off the last ball. Bangladesh finish their innings at 238/8. Mushfiqur's 98* the highest score. But don't forget Mehidy Hasan's 43. It was his entry into the match that gave new life into this innings. Had looked at one stge that The Tigers would struggle to reach 200.
Incredible stuff in the 50th over! Batsmen scamper through for an attempted single. Mushfiqur, who is desperate to get on strike, makes his ground. His partner, Taijul, however, too focussed on ensuring that Mushfiqur gets on strike, forgets to protect his own wicket and is run out. Bangladesh 231/8 after 49.2 overs
And the irony of it all! Mushfiqur can only get a single off the next ball. To move to 97. Mustafizur now on strike. Three balls left.
Consecutive fours from Mushfiqur! There's the explosion we were waiting for! Could Mushfiqur reach his 100? Correct that - 4,4,6! And there's more drama! Umpire Marais Erasmus has a word with Mushfiqur about him telling the umpires what to do. Mushfiqur thought the ball was too high and that a wide should have been signalled. Erasmus had his own views on that. Anyway, 16 runs come off the 49th over. Mushfiqur now on 95! One final over left. Bangladesh on 230.
Singles the order of the day
Mushfiqur, who is now on 80, has been unable to shift to the boundary-hitting gear today. And with the lack of those big shots, runs have been hard to come by. Mehidy Hasan's wicket has again pegged back the scoring rate. 250, which once seemed possible, seems to be out of reach now. Taijul Islam, the new man, takes 4 balls to get off the mark. BAN 214/7 after 48 overs
OUT! Mehidy Hasan is foxed by a slower ball. Goes for 43. Off 49 balls. What an important cameo from him. He put on a 84-run stand with Mushfiqur to drag Bangladesh back from the dead in this match. The score now 201/7 in the 46th over. Could Mushfiqur launch a fitting finale now?
End of the 44th over
Lahiru Kumara, who has borne the brunt of the Bangladesh counter-attack, finishes his 10 overs. Went for a few runs towards the end. Ended up bowling 7 wides in the innings. Mehidy Hasan, who has quickly moved to 36, has been looking like a proper batsman! Has looked much more technically correct than his specialist batting colleagues. The partnership between him and Mushfiqur now 74, and it has come at run-a-ball. Considering the batting collapse that preceded this partnership, Bangladesh would be very grateful to these two. BAN 191/6 after 44 overs
Runs flowing now
13 runs off the 40th over, bowled by Lahiru Kumara. The most expensive over of the day so far! That included five wides down the leg side. This counter attack from Mehidy is putting the pressure back on the Lankans and forcing them to cause mistakes. The scoring rate has moved above 4. This pair will be looking to take that figure above 5 by the end. BAN 169/6 after 40 overs
Mehidy-Mushfiqur partnership resurrects Bangladesh
35 off 36 balls in this partnership. Mehidy's presence has seemed to have brought new life to this Bangladesh innings. The last 50 runs have come in 60 balls. This has been the quickest 50 of the entire innings. And suddenly, Bangladesh are on course to post a decently competetive total. BAN 152/6 after 38 overs
50 for Mushfiqur
50 for Mushfiqur! Off 71 balls. His 37th ODI fifty. Has stood tall while wickets have fallen around him today. Mehidy Hasan, on the other end, has been going for his shots though. Has a few lofty shots in his reperttoire, Bangladesh need all of them today. There seems to be a conscious effort to ramp up the scoring rate a bit now. There were six singles in the last over. Mehidy stepped out to the spinner and lofted him for a four over his head earlier in this over.
Mushfiqur survives! Just about. Sri Lanka had just moved out slip. A slip would have caught that easily. However, it is the keeper who has to put in a desperate dive and the ball just goes past his gloves for four down to third man. Isiru Udana causing Bangladesh all kinds of trouble.
Mosaddek has a bewildered look on his face as the umpire raises his finger. He is gone for 13. After a period of sustained pressure, Mosaddek swung wildly at a well-directed bouncer from Udana. Bangladesh sink deeper into crisis. They'll be looking to regroup in this upcoming drinks break. Mehidy Hasan the new man in. BAN 117/6 after 31.5 overs
Half hour since last boundary
The lack of boundaries in this innings tells us how Sri Lanka are bossing their southeast Asian neighbours today. It's almost been half an hour and 7 overs since the last time the ball crossed the fence. Mushfiqur, who has played 55 balls now, has hit just the one boundary in his entire innings. Isiru Udana almost gets a kiss off the outside edge of his bat in the 30th over. He survives, as do Bangladesh's hopes. BAN - 109/5 after 30 overs
Lot rests on Mushfiqur
With the top five are back in the pavilion, it is Mushfiqur who needs to raise his hand and take Bangladesh to a competetive total today. Has been guilty of flashing at the ball a few times today. Is involved in a bit of a battle with Lahiru Kumara. The bowler throws the ball in the batsman's direction in his follow-through. Mosaddek Hossain has joined him. BAN 99/5 in 28 overs
This was the last thing Bangladesh wanted at this stage. A terrible mix-up between Sabbir Rahman and Mushfiqur Rahim. Sabbir was halfway down the pitch and even a wide throw of the wicket could not save a wicket. Sabbir departs for 11. Half the Bangladesh side back in the hut. BAN - 88/5 in 24.3 overs
That one turned in sharply and beats Mahmudullah as he tries to play a cut shot on the back foot. Another one bites the dust. Mahmudullah departs for just six runs off 18 deliveries. 50 wickets for Akila in ODI cricket! BAN - 68/4 in 19 overs
Milestone for Mushfiqur
Mushfiqur Rahim completes 6,000 runs in ODI cricket. Bangladesh are on the back foot having lost three wickets in the second ODI. Can Rahim rescue his team and score a century here? BAN - 62/3 in 18 overs
An easy catch for Kusal Mendis. Mohammad Mithun plays it straight to him. Akila Dananjaya strikes in his first over. Bangladesh are in trouble having lost three wickets in the 15th over. BAN - 52/3 in 14.3 overs
50 up for Bangladesh in the 14th over. Mushfiqur Rahim is trying to work the ball for singles, rotate strike and build a partnership with Mohammad Mithun. Sri Lanka bowlers are attacking Bangladesh batsmen and force a mistake from the two batsmen. BAN - 50/2 in 14 overs
End of first powerplay
Two new batsmen in the middle. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun are trying to play themselves in after two early wickets in the first powerplay overs. BAN - 35/2 in 10 overs
Once again, Tamim Iqbal has undone all the hard work of playing himself in and then throwing his wicket away. Iqbal departs for 19. Isuru Udana gets his first wicket. Bangladesh off to yet another poor start. BAN - 31/1 in 8.1 overs
Soumya Sarkar misses an inswing full toss from Nuwan Pradeep. The Sri Lankan bowler came around the wicket and bowled a loosener which should have been put away for a boundary but Sarkar fails to get bat on it. Sarkar had a long chat with skipper Tamim Iqbal but decided not to review the decision. BAN - 26/1 in 5.4 overs
Tamim Iqbal breaks the shackles. Iqbal comes down the ground and hits Dhananjaya de Silva over his head for a boundary. First boundary of the innings for Bangladesh. Eight runs from Silva's second over. BAN - 11/0 in 3 overs