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Sri Lanka batsman Angelo Mathews struck a superb 87 to lead his side to a 122-run win over Bangladesh in the third ODI in Colombo.
Sri Lanka’s victory also saw them whitewash Bangladesh 3-0 in the series.
Opting to bat first, Sri Lanka lost opener Avishka Fernando early on as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Shafiul Islam for six runs.
Captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera made up for the loss of Fernando with an 83-run partnership before Karunaratne was caught behind off the bowling of Taijul Islam for 46.
Kusal went on to score 42 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Rubel Hossain.
Mathews and Kusal Mendis stabilised the innings with a 101-run partnership, during which Mendis brought up his fifty, before he was dismissed by Soumya Sarkar for 54, which came off 58 balls and included five boundaries and a six.
Mathews and Dasun Shanaka added 52 runs to the score before Shanaka was removed by Shafiul for a 14-ball 30.
Shehan Jayasuriya fell shortly after, while Mathews went on to score a 90-ball 87, which included eight boundaries and a six, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Sarkar.
With Wanindu Hasaranga scoring a quickfire 12 not out, Sri Lanka finished on 294/8.
Shafiul and Sarkar picked up three wickets apiece, while Taijul and Rubel chipped in with one wicket each.
Chasing 295 to win, Bangladesh were dealt a big blow on the ninth ball of their innings as captain Tamim Iqbal was caught behind off the bowling of Kasun Rajitha for two runs.
Anamul Haque mustered 14 runs before he became Rajitha’s second victim.
Shanaka joined the party by taking out Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun and Mahmudullah in quick succession, while Sabbir Rahman and Mehidy Hasan Miraz were both sent packing by Lahiru Kumara.
Soumya Sarkar put up a fight as he struck an 86-ball 69, which included five boundaries and a six, before he was clean bowled by Akila Dananjaya.
Even though Taijul smashed an unbeaten 39, Bangladesh fell well short of their target as they were bowled out for 172.
Shanaka was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Rajitha and Kumara took two wickets apiece. As for Dananjaya and Hasaranga, they claimed one wicket each.
Mathews was named Man of the Match.