Sri Lanka in Bangladesh, 3 ODI Series, 2021
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Date & Time: 23 May 2021
RR: 4.65 | Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by 33 runs
So, that's all from this game! Bangladesh go 1-0 up while Sri Lanka put up a disappointing performance. The next ODI will be played on Tuesday 25th May 2021 at 1300 local (0700 GMT). Goodbye and take care!
Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh skipper, says he is happy with the way they fought, adds in the batting, Rahim and Mahmudullah played really well. Adds Afif’s knock was also important. Admits batting wasn’t easy and 250 was a good score. States losing is no fun and finally they won, they lost 10 games in a row in all formats and now they are happy they have won but the job is not done and there are two more games to go. Ends by saying the passion for the country drives them forward in these tough conditions and there is a lot of games after this series and he is looking forward to what is going to happen.
Mushfiqur Rahim, Man of the Match, says it was not an easy wicket to bat on and they were in a bit of bother but Tamim and Mahmudullah batted really well and that let the pressure off him, overall it was good game. States he’s not a power hitter so he sticks to his strength and looks to milk the runs and he tries to keep one end safe and Afif and Saif added the finishing touch. Ends by saying it is not ideal conditions to play cricket, it is very hot and humid and he credits the players for the way they played.
Kusal Perera, Lankan skipper, says losing is not good but there are a lot of positives. Adds the bowlers were really good especially Hasaranga. Mentions Bangladesh have a good side, the bowling did well against them and 250 was chasable but the batters should take more responsibility. Also adds Hasaranga is a highly rated player and in these conditions to score runs and bowl 10 overs is excellent. States Udana and Hasaranga gave them a chance but Bangladesh bowled well. Ends by saying they’ll look to comeback strongly.
It was all about the big guns for Bangladesh in this game. After electing to bat, the likes of Rahim, Tamim and Mahmudullah stepped up. Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, they got to a competitive total. With the ball, the experience of Mehidy, Shakib and Rahman come to the fore as they used their variations nicely and have won the game for their side.
For Lanka, there were a few batters in the upper and middle order who got starts but none of them went onto score a big one. Had it not been for Hasaranga's fifty, the margin of defeat would have been bigger. He kept the Lankan hopes alive, first with a good stand with Shanaka and then with Udana. Once he fell though, it all fell apart for the visitors.
Defending just below 260, the Bangladesh bowlers leaked runs initially but the wicket of Gunathilaka changed everything. They not only managed to apply the breaks but also got wickets at regular intervals. Mehidy Hasan was the star as he got 4 crucial wickets. Except for Taskin every bowler ha da decent outing. Overall, they will be quite satisfied with their performance.
End of a very professional performance by the Bangladesh players and they will be very pleased to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Dushmantha Chameera is the last man in.
Lakshan Sandakan is the next man in. Mustafizur Rahman is back into the attack.
Shakib Al Hasan is back on.
Mustafizur Rahman looks in some sort of pain and is lying on the ground. The physio has come out to have a look at him. Let's hope that he is fine. Mustafizur is limping badly and it seems that he will go off. He is going off and that is a big blow for Bangladesh. Mahmudullah will complete the over.
Mustafizur Rahman is back on.
Who will come out to bat now? Isuru Udana is in.
Drinks! Bangladesh are on top at the moment! They are just 4 wickets away from victory. They would want to wrap this up as quickly as possible. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, need a partnership between Hasaranga and Shanaka if they want to win. Hasaranga has looked positive while Shanaka has looked solid. Can they win from here?
Mohammad Saifuddin is back on.
Mustafizur Rahman is brought back into the attack.
Wanindu Hasaranga comes out to bat.
Dasun Shanaka is the next man out in the middle.
Ashen Bandara is the next man in.
Mehidy Hasan is back on. 4-0-11-1 are his figures so far.
Bangladesh have taken a review for LBW. It looks it is going down leg. Let's see what happens.
Dhananjaya de Silva is the next man in.
Is that a catch? Shakib Al Hasan is not too sure and the two umpires converge. They take it upstairs. The soft signal is not out.
Drinks! The game is nicely poised at the moment here. Both the teams have a good chance of winning but one would say that Sri Lanka are slightly ahead. They did lose two wickets quickly but this partnership between Mendis and Perera has looked good and they need to continue going for longer. Bangladesh, on the other hand, would want to pick up quick wickets and peg Sri Lanka back. Shakib Al Hasan is into the attack.
End of the first Powerplay! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be stationed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
Kusal Mendis comes out to bat.
Mustafizur Rahman is into the attack.
Pathum Nissanka comes out to bat.
Bangladesh have taken a review for LBW! Let's see what happens.
Taskin Ahmed will bowl from the other end.