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Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh 3rd ODI

Bangladesh 189 (Mahmudullah 53, Mosaddek 51, Chameera 5-16) was defeated by Sri Lanka 286 for 6 (Perera 120, de Silva 55*, Taskin 4-46).
Sri Lanka ended their Bangladesh tour with a 97-run win in the third ODI, thanks to Dushmantha Chameera’s maiden five-wicket haul and captain Kusal Perera’s sixth ODI century. Even though Bangladesh won the series 2-1, it is Sri Lanka’s first point in the ICC ODI Super League and a much-needed victory for the new-look side.
After Perera’s 120 helped Sri Lanka to 286 for 6 in 50 overs, Bangladesh was shaken by Chameera’s three early strikes. Later, he returned to complete his five-for by dismissing two lower-order batsmen. He has got a wicket in his first over in all three ODIs in this series when he removed Mohammad Naim with his first ball. Ramesh Mendis timed his leap to capture Shakib Al Hasan’s catch at square-leg in his next over, the fourth of the innings. Bangladesh was reduced to a score of 9 for 2.
Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim were also unable to stop the slump. Iqbal was caught behind while attempting a dab outside off to the wicketkeeper, resulting in a disputed judgement. On closer inspection, it appeared to be a close call, with the bat smacking the ground as the ball passed near to the bat. Iqbal, unsurprisingly, was dissatisfied.
After Chameera’s three-wicket haul in his first delivery, Rahim and Mosaddek Hossain tried a comeback by combining 56 for the fourth wicket, until Rahim became Ramesh Mendis’ maiden ODI wicket with a 56-ball 28. Following that, the innings merely meandered, with Mosaddek battling to reach 50 before succumbing to a reverse sweep. Mahmudullah stayed to make 53, but the damage had already been done at the top.
Bangladesh had paid the price for dumping Perera three times earlier in the innings, as he went on to hold the innings together. Shakib Al Hasan was the unfortunate bowler on two of those occasions, extending his wait to become Bangladesh’s highest wicket-taker in one-day internationals.
At point on 66, Mustafizur Rahman was unable to hold on to a reverse sweep off Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib was the unlucky bowler again as Afif Hossain dropped him coming back from mid-on on 79. After that, Mahmudullah dumped him in the middle of the game on 99. Off the next delivery, he reached his third century against Bangladesh.
Only two of Perera’s eleven fours were his characteristic cover-driven boundaries. He smashed six fours between square leg and fine leg, while his solitary six was a mow over midwicket, with the majority of his fours coming square on the legside.
Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka forged a powerful partnership at the top, guiding Sri Lanka to their best start in the series with seven fours in the opening five overs. They accumulated 82 runs before Sri Lanka was shocked by the quick wickets of Gunathilaka and Pathum Nissanka.
Perera continued to bat well, reaching fifty in the 16th over and consolidating the innings with his replacement Kusal Mendis. In the next 13.2 overs, the third wicket pair contributed 69 runs, with Perera dominating the partnership. Before skying one to Tamim Iqbal at mid-off, Mendis struck only one six in his 22 off 36 balls. Around that time, Iqbal had brought in Ahmed in search of a wicket, and the fast bowler rewarded Iqbal’s faith.
Despite Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva contributing 65 for the fourth wicket, Sri Lanka’s scoring rate dropped at this point. Both batters attempted to extend their innings into the final ten overs, but Perera was dismissed in the 40th over after a tired shot from Shoriful Islam. Niroshan Dickwella, one of four changes in the XI for this game, was ran out for seven shortly after.
Sri Lanka only scored 69 runs in the final ten overs, but Perera’s and Dhananjaya’s heroics in the face of a collapse allowed them avoid a collapse and score enough to win the game.

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