Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 3rd ODI: Thisara snaps Sri Lanka’s losing streak

Thisara made his seventh half-century in ODI cricket

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Thisara Perera smashed an entertaining 52 to lead Sri Lanka to a 70-run win over Bangladesh in the third ODI in Colombo.

Thisara’s performance not only put an end to Sri Lanka’s six-game losing streak, but also denied Bangladesh from recording their first-ever bilateral ODI series win over his country as the series ended 1-1.

Being put in to bat first, Sri Lanka started well as Danushka Gunathilaka and stand-in captain Upul Tharanga amassed a 76-run partnership before Gunathilaka was dismissed by Mehedi Hasan Miraz for 34.

Tharanga fell shortly after for 35, while Dinesh Chandimal was run out by Taskin Ahmed for 21.

Sri Lanka began to lose wickets at regular intervals after Chandimal’s departure, including that of Kusal Mendis, who made 54 off 76 balls, which included four boundaries.

Mendis scored his ninth ODI fifty

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Despite not being able to build any major partnerships, Thisara came to the rescue for Sri Lanka at the end of their innings as he struck 52 off 40 deliveries, which included four boundaries and a six.

Thanks to Thisara’s late heroics, Sri Lanka finished on 280/9 off their 50 overs.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Mustafizur Rahman snapped up two. Taskin and Mehedi, meanwhile, chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 281 to win, Bangladesh found themselves in serious trouble early on as Tamim Iqbal, Sabbir Rahman and Mushfiqur Rahim fell in quick succession.

With the tourists struggling at 11/3, Soumya Sarkar and Shakib Al Hasan steadied the ship with a 77-run partnership before Sarkar was stumped by Chandimal off the bowling of Dilruwan Perera for 38.

This sparked a major collapse as Bangladesh went from 88/4 to being reduced to 155/8 in the 34th over. During this period, Shakib was removed by Dilruwan for 54 off 62 balls, which included seven boundaries.

With Bangladesh looking down and out, Mehedi and Taskin managed to scrape together a last-gasp 54-run stand, during which Mehedi brought up his fifty.

Mehedi’s resistance at the crease came to an end soon after as he fell to Nuwan Kulasekara for a career-best 51 off 71 deliveries, which included six boundaries.

Mehedi’s maiden fifty went in vain

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Two balls later, Bangladesh were bowled out 210 when Taskin, who made 14, became Kulasekara’s fourth victim.

Kulasekara was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Dilruwan, Seekkuge Prasanna and Suranga Lakmal claimed two wickets each.

Thisara was named Man of the Match, while Mendis took home the Man of the Series award.

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