Sri Lanka produced another clinical all-round display to defeat Bangladesh by 79 runs in the final of the Tri Nation Series at Mirpur, Dhaka yesterday.
Having posted 221 in 50 overs after winning the toss, Sri Lanka bowled out Bangladesh for 142 in 41.1 overs.
Winning the toss and batting was the ideal championship thrust for the Lankans with opener Upul Tharanga firing upfront with a composed top score of 56 off 99 balls.
His knock was packed with 5 boundaries. Despite losing Dhanushka Gunathilaka with the total on 8, Tharanga found an able ally in Kusal Mendis who shrugged form blotches in putting the Bangladeshi bowling attack to the sword for an 8-ball 28 packed with 3 sixes and 2 boundaries.
The pair put on 42 for the second wicket off 6 overs which was the launching pad for the rest of the Lankan batsmen to build on. The top order did just that on a testing tricky wicket with wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella, promoted to No. 4 striking 47 off 57 balls containing 4 boundaries. He put on 71 for the third wicket with Tharanga who was fourth out with the total on 158 in 38.4 overs.
From there skipper Dinesh Chandimal stepped in to play the typical anchor role of a captain sterling in scoring 45 off 74 balls containing just a six. It characterized the element of composure required in a crunch final kindling memories of Pakistan’s Imran Khan who was one of the best examples in mounting winning scores from hopeless situations for his side in his heyday.
Sri Lanka’s star with the ball was debutant Shehan Madushanka who decorated himself in the glory of a unique hat-trick. Unleashing a lethal bout of yorkers, Madushanka fired out Mashrafe Mortaza (5) , Rubel Hossain (0) and, and top scorer Mohammad Mohamudullah who was last out for 76 off 92 balls striking 6 boundaries and 2 sixes. It was the perfect career launch for the 22-year old find from Wennappuwa who was handpicked by Head Coach Chandika Hathurusinghe who described him as a long term investment.
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