Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 2nd ODI: Heavy rain leads to washout after Mendis’ maiden ODI century

The rain had the last laugh in Dambulla

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Kusal Mendis’ maiden ODI century went in vain as heavy rain washed out the second ODI between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Dambulla.

Opting to bat first, Sri Lanka lost opener Danushka Gunathilaka for just nine runs, but stand-in captain Upul Tharanga and Mendis made up for it with a 111-run partnership, during which Tharanga surpassed his half-century.

With Sri Lanka now in cruise control, Bangladesh were in need of another wicket to stem the flow of runs.

In the end, Mahmudullah provided the much-needed breakthrough for the tourists as he ran Tharanga our for 65, which came off 76 balls and included nine boundaries.

Tharanga scored his 31st ODI fifty

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Despite Tharanga’s departure, Sri Lanka continued to keep the scoreboard ticking as Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal put together an 83-run stand, during which Mendis brought up his hundred.

However, Chandimal was unable to make the most of his encouraging start as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Mustafizur Rahman for 24.

Mendis fell the very next over as he was caught and bowled by Taskin Ahmed for a career-best 102, which came off 107 balls and included nine boundaries and a six.

Mendis celebrates after scoring his maiden ODI century

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Milinda Siriwardana and Asela Gunaratne stabilised the innings with a 55-run partnership before Siriwardana was clean bowled by Mehedi Hasan Miraz for 30.

Following Siriwardana’s dismissal, Sri Lanka began to lose wickets in a hurry. In fact, heading into last over, Taskin became just the fifth Bangladesh player to take a hat-trick in an ODI as he removed Gunaratne, who made 39, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep in successive deliveries.

As a result, Sri Lanka ended up being bowled out for 311.

Taskin was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Mehedi, Mustafizur and captain Mashrafe Mortaza chipped in with one wicket apiece.

During the innings break, the rain came and since it refused to relent, the umpires had no choice but to call the match off.

With the game having been abandoned, Bangladesh still hold a 1-0 lead going into the third and final ODI in Colombo on Saturday.

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