Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog post of the third and final ODI of the ongoing series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The match will be played at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo. Bangladesh are leading the series 1-0, since the second ODI got abandoned due to rain. This also means that Bangladesh cannot lose the series, and Sri Lanka will actually have to win the match to level the series. The onus will be on Sri Lanka to save the series with a victory in the do-or-die match, while Bangladesh will look to continue their winning streak, creating history with their first ever ODI series win in Sri Lanka. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI at Colombo
Sri Lanka put up a great fight in the second ODI, putting up 311 runs in the first innings. A chunk of these runs came from skipper Upul Tharanga and Kusal Mendis. While Tharanga scored 65 runs, Mendis’ century was the biggest contribution to the team’s score. The Sri Lanka middle-order failed to perform, but it did not matter, since they had already put up good runs on the board. It took the Bangladesh bowlers took a lot of time to break the Tharanga-Mendis partnership. However, Taskin Ahmed put up a brilliant performance with the ball, picking up 4 wickets at an economy of 5.32 including a hat-trick to finish Sri Lanka’s innings. He became the fifth Bangladesh bowler to do so.
Rain stopped any further play in the match, and Sri Lanka did not get a chance to defend the runs and draw level. Bangladesh had earlier taken the lead in the series, winning the series opener by a comfortable margin of 90 runs. Tamim Iqbal scored an attractive century and Sabbir Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan got half-centuries to push Bangladesh to 324 for 5. They defended the total as both Mashrafe Mortaza and Mehedi Hasan Miraz bagged a couple of wickets each and Mustafizur Rahman picked up 3.
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (c), Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Suranga Lakmal, Asela Gunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Kumara, Vikum Sanjaya, Thisara Perera, Sachith Pathirana, Seekkuge Prasanna, Lakshan Sandakan
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy, Sanjamul Islam, Shuvagata Hom, Nurul Hasan, Mehedi Hasan.