Zeenews Sports Bureau
Updates from the 3rd ODI match played between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
BANGLADESH Score: 184/7 II Overs: 26 ( Nasir Hossain 33* Sohail Gazi 4*)
26th over: Thisara bowled the penultimate over and Nasir Hossain made some room off the first ball and smacked that for a boundary at deep cover. The next ball was a wide after which Hossain dispatched the second ball towards deep midwicket for a one bounce boundary. It was followed by a dot ball. Thisara’s next ball was a short one and Hossain pulled that for another boundary! The fifth ball produced some drama as Hossain found some room outside the off-stump and hit it towards third man where Kulasekara did some terrific work to catch the ball and throw it back as he realised he was crossing the boundary and he saved three runs on that occasion. The last ball of the over took a leading edge and the top edge flew over Sangakkara for a boundary! The Bangladesh dugout is ecstatic and it has been a brilliant innings under pressure by Nasir Hossain 33(27b).
Malinga struck in the 25th over as Haque nicked one to Sangakkara. Ziaur Rehman who played his first ODI tried to score a boundary off the last ball of Malinga’s over and paid the price as he was caught at extra cover by Perera who took a good catch diving to his front.
Ziaur Rahman c NLTC Perera b Malinga 0 (2b
Mominul Haque c Sangakkara b Malinga 11 (9b)
BANGLADESH Score: 160/5 II Overs: 24 ( Nasir Hossain 15*)
Bangladesh have lost another wicket of Mahmudullah who for no reason decided to go for the reverse-sweep and the ball hit his pads. Mominul Haque is the new batsman at the crease with Nasir Hossain. Malinga hasn’t been introduced since resumption of play. Bangladesh need 23 off 18 balls.
Mahmudullah lbw b Senanayake 6 (7b)
BANGLADESH Score: 141/4 II Overs: 21 ( Hossain *)
Despite losing wickets in quick successions, Bangladesh haven’t changed their approach to the chase. Jahurul Islam nicked one to Sangakkara while skipper Mushfiqur Rahim perished to a suicidal run-out. Kulasekara bowled the 21st over which yielded 11 runs for Bangladesh.
Mushfiqur Rahim run out 9 (8b)
Jahurul Islam c Sangakkara b Mathews 26 (18b)
BANGLADESH Score: 107/2 II Overs: 17 ( Jahurul 15*)
So knowing that they have a great chance to level the series, Bangladesh are slashing hard at every delivery as if they are chasing 15-20 runs per over. The only damage done for Bangladesh since the resume of play has been the wicket of Anamul Haque who was dismissed by Mathews as Dinesh Chandimal took a brilliant catch at long off running backwards. Mushfiqur Rahim is the new batsman at the crease.
Anamul Haque c Chandimal b Mathews 40 (46b)
So the play has finally resumed and now Bangladesh need to chase 183 off 27 overs which means from now on, they need to score105 off 13.2 overs. Ideal situation for the Bangladeshi batsmen with nine wickets in hand.
BANGLADESH Score: 77/1 II Overs: 13.4 (Haque 36 *)
RAIN INTERRUPTS PLAY The game has been disrupted by the rain, something which is very commonly seen in Sri Lanka.
Ashraful and Haque added 77 runs for the first wicket and Senanayake got the first breakthrough for his side as he scalped Mohammad Ashraful lbw off a controversial decision. The ball turned into the batsman after pitching and hit him on the pads, while the umpire was convinced, the right-hander had to drag himself out of the crease. Haque is unbeaten at 36 with Jahurul Islam who is yet to open his account.
Mohammad Ashraful lbw b Senanayake 29 (38b)
BANGLADESH Score: 62/0 II Overs: 10 (Haque 29 * Ashraful 21*)
Mohammad Ashraful and Anamul Haque got their side off to a great start as both of them dispatched some boundaries to all parts of the ground. Both these batsmen have looked good so far after scoring four boundaries each. They are going at six runs per over, exactly what Bangladesh require to win the match. Sri Lanka are still searching for their first breakthrough.
SRI LANKA Score: 302/9 II Overs: 50 (Thirimanne 25*)
And Bangladesh have managed to restrict Sri Lanka to 302 runs which is less as compared to the stage when Sanga and Dilshan were thrashing them to all parts of the ground. Dilshan was dismissed in the 47th over bowled by Shahadat Hossain. Abdur Razzak picked two wickets off consecutive deliveries and it would have been impossible for the Lankans to cross the 300-run mark in case if Thirimanne didn’t score a 15-ball 25. Bangladesh bowlers would now be happy with this effort.
SMSM Senanayake b Abdur Razzak 0 (1b)
KMDN Kulasekara lbw b Abdur Razzak 11 (10b)
TM Dilshan c Nasir Hossain b Shahadat Hossain 125 (128b)
SRI LANKA Score: 233/4 II Overs: 42 (Dilshan: 104*)
After Sanga’s dismissal Sri Lanka have been losing wickets in a hurry. Dilshan is in tremendous form as he slammed his consecutive century off the series. Sri Lanka would want him to stay till the end as the other batsmen are finding it hard to extend their stay at the crease. Angelo Mathews and Mendis were the two batsmen to be dismissed after Perera.
AD Mathews st Mushfiqur Rahim b Abdur Razzak 6 (9b)
BMAJ Mendis b Sohag Gazi 5 (7b)
Thisara Perera perishes this time trying to hoik a straight delivery from Abdur Razzak.
NLTC Perera b Abdur Razzak 4 (8b 0x4 0x6)
Sangakarra has been dismissed. He tried to chip one on the leg side but found the fielder at covers who took a good low catch.
KC Sangakkara c Anamul Haque b Abdur Razzak 48 (49b 5x4 0x6)
SRI LANKA Score: 198/1 II Overs: 35 (Dilshan: 91*, Sangakarra: 44*)
SRi Lanka have not lost any more wickets and are punishing the bowlers. Except for one chance where Sangakkara was sent back by Dilshan there has been no anxious moments so far for the batsmen. Sri Lanka are all set for a big total on the board.
SRI LANKA Score: 142/1 II Overs: 28 (Dilshan: 68*, Sangakarra: 14*)
The fall of Perera's wicket has not affected Sri Lanka's run rate. Dilshan is going well and is dominating the bowling. Bangladesh bowlers have looked completely ineffective and have failed to curb the flow of runs.
Bangladesh have picked up the wicket of Perera. He tried to cut one from Mahmudullah but only managed to lob it to the fielder at point.
MDKJ Perera c Nasir Hossain b Mahmudullah 56 (66b 5x4 1x6)
SRI LANKA Score: 109/0 II Overs: 20 (Dilshan: 52*, Perera: 55*)
Both batsmen have reached their half centuries. Runs are coming easily for the batsmen but the bowlers have been able to control the boundaries. Sri Lanka look all set for a huge total on the board.
SRI LANKA Score: 85/0 II Overs: 15 (Dilshan: 40*, Perera: 43*)
Sri Lanka are gonig strong and have still not lost any wicket. The run rate is very healthy as well and Bangladesh may well be in for a big chase here today. Batsmen looking extremely comfortable in the middle as the Bangladesh bowlers continue to toil hard.
SRI LANKA Score: 63/0 II Overs: 10 (Dilshan: 29*, Perera: 34*)
The Sri Lankan batsmen are punishing the bowlers here. Fantastic stroke play on display here from both the batsmen. Spin has been introduced very early but has failed to curb the flow of runs.
SRI LANKA Score: 36/0 II Overs: 5 (Dilshan: 22*, Perera: 14*)
Sri Lanka are off to a great start here. Perera is looking very dangerous and has an uncanny similarity with Sanath Jayasuriya in his shot-making. Dilshan has also been very positive in the middle and Bangladesh bowlers seem to be in for a tough day here.
SRI LANKA Score: 14/0 II Overs: 2 (Dilshan: 12*, Perera: 2*)
Janith Perera and Dilshan to start the innings for Sri Lanka. Shahadat Hossain starts off proceedings for Bangladesh. Dilshan gets a boundary off the fourth ball of the over. Dilshan is not the kind of player to miss out on such over-pitched deliveries.
Ziaur Rahman will bowl from the other end. Perera gets a single off one bowled on the pads. Dilshan shows his class again with a flick off the pads for a boundary. That shot is followed by a straight drive past the bowler for another boundary. Great beginning for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka have won the toss and have decided to bat first.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Kushal Janith Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(w), Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews(c), Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Jahurul Islam, Anamul Haque, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim(w/c), Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Ziaur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Sohag Gazi, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain
With the second ODI washed out in Hambantota, today's match will decide whether Sri Lanka can seal the series or Bangladesh can draw level.