Captain Kusal Perera (120) and Dushmantha Chamira (five) as Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 97 runs to win the third one-day international on Friday. Perera’s sixth ODI century and Dhananjaya de Silva’s unbeaten 55 guided Sri Lanka 286-6 on aggregate as they bowled out Bangladesh for 189 in 42.3 overs in Dhaka. The hosts won the series 2-1. Chamira claimed her maiden five-wicket haul with figures of 5-16 in her nine overs, helping Sri Lanka to end five consecutive 50-over losses.
Bangladesh, who had won the first two matches, never looked competitive when Chamira’s opening spell of three wickets reduced them to 28-3.
Mahmudullah Riyadh top-scored with 53 while Mosaddek Hossain scored 51 off 72 balls.
Debutant Ramesh Mendis claimed 2-40 and leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga also played his part with two wickets.
Chamira was adjudged the player of the match while Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim, who scored 237 runs in three innings including a century, was adjudged the player of the series.
“We badly needed a win even though we lost the series,” Perera said.
“We needed to get big scores and so I changed gears. Our bowling department did a really good job. The fielding was good too.”
The left-armer Perera, who replaced Dimuth Karunaratne as the captain in the series, had earlier notched up 11 fours and a six in his 122-ball knock.
However, he was removed on 66, 79 and 99 before being dismissed by Kishore left-arm sharp Shorful Islam.
Mahmudullah took a fine catch at long on after he dropped the opener one run away from his century.
Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka laid the foundation for their total with an 82-run partnership for the first wicket before pacer Taskin Ahmed took three wickets.
Taskin bowled Gunathilaka for 39 and in the same over, Mushfiqur got Pathum Nisanka caught for a duck.
Perera put on two key partnerships of 69 runs and 65 runs for the third and fourth wickets respectively with Kusal Mendis (22) and de Silva to rebuild the Sri Lankan innings.
Bangladesh did well in the last 10 overs, conceding just 69 runs to stop the batting boom.
Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal said, “As I said in the last match, we have won the series but I never felt that we played the whole match. Never played to our potential.”
“When the opportunity came (today) we didn’t take our catches. Had we taken them, maybe 30 runs could have been less.”
Taskin ended with figures of 4-46, one of two changes for Bangladesh in the match.
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