Mushfiqur’s century gives Bangladesh first-ever series win over Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka put up a pathetic display of batting to hand to Bangladesh their first-ever ODI series win over them when they lost the second match of a three-match series by 103 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis rain rule at the Shere Bangladesh National Stadium in

Man of the Match Mushfiqur Rahim who scored a century – AFP

Mirpur yesterday.

A gritty century by Mushfiqur Rahim saw Bangladesh recover from losing 74-4 to post a decent total of 246 in a rain-hit game.

Sri Lanka chasing a revised target of 245 in 40 overs could reply with only 141-9 off 40 overs giving Bangladesh an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.  

Fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera struck twice in his first over – the second of the innings – dismissing skipper Tamim Iqbal for 13 and Shakib Al Hasan for nought after the hosts elected to bat first.

Left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan compounded the woes of the home side by dismissing opener Liton Das for 25 and Mosaddek Hossain for 10.

Liton cut a loose ball to Wanindu Hasaranga at backward point while Mosaddek, who was playing his first ODI in nearly two years, was caught by captain and wicketkeeper Kusal Perera.

Mushfiqur who was named Man of the Match for the second successive game helped Bangladesh rebuild with Mahmudullah (41) and the pair took the attack to the opposition putting on 87 runs for the fifth before they were bowled out in 48.1 overs.

Sandakan, who returned with figures of 3-54, broke the partnership as Perera took sharp a catch to dismiss Mahumdullah.

Mushfiqur, who made 84 in Sunday’s 33-run win, brought up his hundred off 115 balls, glancing Chameera for four after rain halted the game twice. He was the last man dismissed.

Chameera finished with figures of 3-44 in 9.1 overs while fellow quick Udana claimed two wickets. 

No Sri Lankan batsmen were able to produce a big score even though the top six batters all got into double figures as Bangladesh bowlers kept them on a tight leash with some accurate bowling and sharp fielding.

The majority of batsmen fell to poor shot making after settling down with off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz once again making an impact on their batting with three wickets for 28 runs. He was well supported by fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman (3/16) and left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan (2/38).

The third and final ODI will take place at the same venue on Friday.

Scores: Bangladesh 246 (48.1) (Liton Das 25, Mushfiqur Rahim 125, Mahmudullah 41, Isuru Udana 2/49, Dushmantha Chameera 3/44, Lakshan Sandakan 3/54)

Sri Lanka 141-9 (40) (Danushka Gunathilaka 24, Pathum Nissanka 20, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 3/28, Mustafizur Rahman 3/16, Shakib Al Hasan 2/38)