An excellent all-round performance from Bangladesh gave their longstanding skipper a perfect farewell from Twenty20 cricket last night. Mushrafe Mortaza’s side crushed Sri Lanka by 45 runs to level the two-match series at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
Neither side managed to take the edge as all three formats ended in a tie. Playing away from home, Bangladesh will feel much better as they’ve stuck together to win crucial games ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy later this year.
Losing a crucial toss, Upul Tharanga’s boys lost the plot as the Bangladesh openers made good use of the all-important power play. They were well on their merry way to post a total of over 200. However, few tight overs towards the back of the innings pulled things back for the hosts. The visitors finished at 176 for the loss of 9 in 20 overs.
Malinga bagged his maiden Twenty20 hat-trick dismissing the Bangladesh tail in his final over.
In response, Sri Lanka lost Kusal Perera early but Tharanga’s kept the scoreboard moving with a few attractive strokes. Mustafizur Rahman’s brilliant over left Sri Lanka in deep trouble, five down for just over 40.
Chamara Kapugedara’s partnership with Thisara Perera gave Sri Lanka hope but the target was a little too far for the boys in blue. Eventually, they were bowled out for 131.
Shakib Al Hasan was announced player of the match.
Lasith Malinga bagged the player of the series award.
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