In the 3rd ODI (One-Day International) match played between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on Saturday (1st April), Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh and won the game by 70 runs. Batting first, Sri Lankan cricket team scored 280 runs in 50 overs and Bangladeshi team failed to chase the target as they scored 210 runs in 45 overs and lost all the wickets in their batting inning.
Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bowl first. The decision of choosing to bowl first seemed much incorrect as Sri Lankan opener batsmen gave a good start to their batting inning. Danushka Gunathilaka scored 34 runs while captain Upul Tharanga made 35 runs. Bangladeshi bowlers got the break-through in 11th over.
Just three overs after the wicket of Danushka, Taskin Ahmad picked up the wicket of Upul Tharanga in 13th over. After the departure of opener batsmen, Kusal Mendis played a good inning. He scored 54 runs and contributed majorly in setting up a huge target for the opponents. All rounder-player Thisara Parera also played a fabulous knock and scored 52 runs in 40 balls.
Other cricketers in the batting lineup of Sri Lanka made little contributions in scoring a big target for the antagonist team. With the minor contributions of Dinesh Chandimal (21 runs) and Asela Gunaratne (34 runs), Sri Lankan cricket team managed to set up a score of 280 runs with the loss of nine wickets in fifty overs.
Though Bangladeshi team’s batting lineup had great batsmen in its top order players, the team started its inning with a stuttering commencement. The team lost crucial wicket of Tamim Iqbal in the first over. Soumya Sarkar, the batsman at the non-striker’s end failed to make partnership with next two players – Sabbir Rahman and Mushfiqur Rahim in early stage of the game.
The team’s former captain Shakib Al Hasan (54 runs) and Soumya Sarkar (38 runs) managed to build a base for the team’s score. After they lost their wickets in the mid of their batting inning, all other players except Mehedi Hasan (51 runs) were tumbled down by the bowling aggression of Sri Lankan team’s spinners and pacers. Bangladesh lost all ten wickets and scored 210 runs in 45 overs. Sri Lanka won the game by 70 runs.