Another outstanding display of batting from Kusal Mendis steered Sri Lanka to a 75 run win in the 2nd and final T20 against Bangladesh at Sylhet last evening. Sri Lanka swept the short series 2-0.
The lions were very confident after thrashing Bangladesh at Mirpur and the toss didn’t really matter. Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field first on another flat deck. Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis accumulated runs at a very good rate and laid the perfect platform for the six hitters.
Thisara Perera was promoted to the No.3 position and it worked out perfectly for the men in blue. Failing to put a halt to the rate of scoring, Bangladesh struggled in the middle order. A late show from Dasun Shanaka took Sri Lanka to 210 for 4 in 20 overs. Mustafizur Rahman was expensive but emerged as the pick of the bowlers for the Tigers. Mendis made 70 in just 4 deliveries with 3 sixes under his name.
An easy win
In response, a couple for Shehan Madushanka and a vital wicket for Akila Dhananjaya had Bangladesh in deep trouble as they were a little behind in terms of the rate of scoring.
Mahmudullah and Mohammed Saifuddin showed a bit of resistance but it was all too late for the hosts. Two late wickets for Danushka Gunathilaka gave Sri Lanka another easy win.
Gunathilaka and Shehan Madushanka bagged a couple of wickets each.
“Although I got only 83 runs in the ODIs, I trained very hard and worked very hard with the coaches to continue with my normal game. Bowlers and batsmen both worked hard and executed their plans. Personally, I’m very happy to win this for the team. Not sure how Kusal Perera will come back (laughs), but I’m sure he’ll find a way back,” said Kusal Mendis at the post-match presentation.
Mendis was adjudged both player of the match and player of the series.
Sri Lanka will take on Bangladesh and India in the Nidahas Trophy next month.
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