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Perera scored his maiden ODI century
Sri Lanka opening batsman Kusal Perera smashed his maiden century to help his side complete their 3-0 whitewashing of Bangladesh in the third ODI in Mirpur.
Perera was well supported by batsman Dinesh Chandimal, who scored a half-century, and pace bowler Dhammika Prasad, who took three wickets.
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first early on as Bangladesh opening batsman Anamul Haque was caught behind off the bowling of Prasad for just two runs.
Shamsur Rahman managed to make 25 runs before he was caught by Angelo Perera at deep square leg off the bowling of Prasad.
Mominul Haque stabilised Bangladesh’s innings with his fantastic knock of 60 off 60 balls, which included eight boundaries, before he was run out by Kithuruwan Vithanage.
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim scored 30 runs before he was caught by Sachithra Senanayake at point to become Prasad’s third victim of the match.
Naeem Islam amassed 32 runs before he was caught by Prasad at mid-off off the bowling of Senanayake.
Mahmudullah only scored five runs before he was caught by Lahiru Thirimanne at long-on off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal.
Lakmal struck again just two balls later when Nasir Hossain was caught by Ashan Priyanjan at midwicket for 38.
Sohag Gazi made a quickfire 23 before he was clean bowled by Thisara Perera.
Thanks to Gazi’s last minute heroics, Bangladesh were able to make 240/8 off their 50 overs.
Prasad was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers with three wickets, while Lakmal snapped up two and Perera and Senanayake chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 241 to whitewash Bangladesh 3-0, Sri Lanka got off to a decent start as Thirimanne and Kusal Perera put together a 44-run partnership before Thirimanne was caught by Rahman at short cover off the bowling of Mahmudullah for 18.
Vithanage only made nine runs before he was clean bowled by Mahmudullah.
Chandimal and Perera stabilised the innings with a 138-run partnership, during which Perera brought up his maiden ODI century and Chandimal his half-century, before Perera was clean bowled by Rubel Hossain for 106 off 124 balls, which included six boundaries and five sixes.
Chandimal ended up making 64 off 70 balls, which included four boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Hossain.
Mathews and Priyanjan amassed an unbeaten 41-run partnership to lead Sri Lanka to a comfortable six-wicket win.
Hossain and Mahmudullah picked up two wickets apiece.
Perera was named Man of the Match for his spectacular century.