Bangladesh 7-184 (Anamul Haque 40, Nasir Hossain 33*, Sachithra Senanayake 2-26) beat Sri Lanka 9-302 (Tillakaratne Dilshan 125, Kusal Janith Perera 56, Abdur Razzak 5-62) by three wickets on D/L method.
The Bengal Tigers grasped the third ODI vs. the Lankan Lions in a match which was reduced to 27 overs with a revised target of 183 in a rain disturbed game.
Sri Lanka piled up 302 runs with one wicket remaining in the measured 50 overs. Bangladesh powered 184 runs for the loss of 7 wickets which was required as per the Duckworth/Lewis method in the rain hit match.
Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his commanding century. Dilshan was also announced ‘Player of the series’ since he was the highest run scorer from either side and plundered 248 runs at an awesome average of 248.00 with the best of 125 with 2 hundreds.
The third One Day International of the series was played on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
Earlier, the captain of the Islanders, Angelo Mathews, won the toss and sent his batsmen in to bat first. Kusal Janith Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan opened the innings briskly and they scored 36 runs in the first five overs that comprised 1 six and 4 fours. Perera hit another 3 boundaries in the seventh over off Shahadat Hossain as Dilshan kept cruising from the other end. Perera attained his first ODI fifty in the 18th overs as the score crossed the hundred runs mark.
Dilshan followed his partner in the next over and also completed his half century as the first wicket contributed 116 runs in 21 overs. Kusal Janith Perera was gone on the first ball of the following over for 56 off 66 balls with 1 six and 5 fours and was replaced by the seasoned Kumar Sangakkara. The tempo of scoring was maintained by the duo with regular boundaries and Dilshan was the most attacking of the two. The second hundred of the innings appeared in the 36th over and Kumar Sangakkara was caught by Anamul Haque at midwicket off Abdur Razzak for 48.
The second wicket fell at 203 as the middle order batting of the Lankan Lions collapsed and the wickets kept on falling one after another. Tillakaratne Dilshan thrashed his 16th ODI century in the process as the hosts lost their sixth wicket at 238 after 43.4 overs. Lahiru Thirimanne joined in next with Dilshan and took the score to 263 in 46.2 overs as the latter lost his wicket for 125 off 128 deliveries with 12 fours. Thirimanne remained unbeaten for 25 as the hosts hammered 302 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 50 overs.
Abdur Razzak was the star performer with five whereas Shahadat Hossain, Ziaur Rahman, Sohag Gazi and Mahmudullah shared one wicket each.
The Bengal Tigers started their chase nicely by scoring 38 runs in the initial five overs with 4 fours from Anamul Haque and one from Mohammad Ashraful. They kept on scoring at a reasonable pace of 6.25 runs per over until the end of the 12th over and scored 75 runs. Mohammad Ashraful was declared leg before wicket for 29 as the total touched 77 in 12.5 overs. Jahurul Islam got together with Anamul Haque as rain interrupted the game after 13.4 overs and resumed after 02.16 minutes.
The target for the visitors was revised to 183 from 27 overs as Jahurul Islam hit a couple of fours until the end of the 15th over. He was caught at cover by Dinesh Chandimal off Angelo Mathews for 40 and Jahurul Islam went back to the pavilion for 26. Nasir Hossain took charge of the situation as the wickets kept on sliding from the other end. Bangladesh required 53 runs to win the encounter from the last 42 balls with six wickets in hand as Nasir Hossain survived a run out chance. He carried on marching towards the destination with a little assistance from the other end as the hosts captured two wickets in the 25th over.
The target was reduced to 17 off the last 12 balls as Nasir Hossain added 13 runs from the first four deliveries of the 26th over with 3 fours. Sohag Gazi dispatched the winning boundary on the last ball of that over as the visitors smashed 184 runs with three wickets still in hand and Nasir Hossain secured his end with 33 of just 27 balls with 6 fours.
Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews and Sachithra Senanayake were the only successful bowlers with two wickets each.
Bangladesh won the third and final ODI with a margin of three wickets and the series was drawn at 1-1.