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Kusal Perera leads Islanders to a series win – 3rd ODI vs. Bangladesh

Zia Rana February 22, 2014

Sri Lanka 4-246 (Kusal Perera 106, Dinesh Chandimal 64, Mahmudullah 2-38) beat Bangladesh 8-240 (Mominul Haque 60, Nasir Hossain 38, Dhammika Prasad 3-49, Suranga Lakmal 2-24) by six wickets.

Sri Lanka continued their excellent form vs. Bangladesh while beating the hosts with a brilliant century from Kusal Perera supported by an excellent bowling.

The Bengal Tigers scored 240 runs after losing eight wickets in 50 overs and the Lankan Lions thrashed 246 with six wickets in hand and 15 balls to spare.

Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka) was announced ‘Player of the match’ and Sachithra Senanayake (Sri Lanka) was declared ‘Player of the series’.

The third and final One Day International of the series was played on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

Kusal Perera - Maiden ODI ton

Kusal Perera – Maiden ODI ton

Earlier, Angelo Mathews won the toss for the visitors and invited the hosts to bat first who lost their first wicket at 17. Mominul Haque and Shamsur Rahman crawled to 62 when the latter was gone for 25 and was replaced by his skipper Mushfiqur Rahim. The first reached his maiden ODI fifty with a four but was run out for 60 as the total touched 108 in 23.5 overs. The middle order batsmen got off to a reasonable beginning but kept on surrendering their wickets in thirties. Mushfiqur Rahim, Naeem Islam and Nasir Hossain scored 30, 32 and 38 as the home side managed 240 with two wickets in hand in 50 overs.

Dhammika Prasad was the highest wicket taker with three, Suranga Lakmal held two whereas Thisara Perera and Sachithra Senanayake shared one wicket each.

Kusal Perera started off nicely but two wickets fell at the other end for 60 when Dinesh Chandimal appeared in the park. The pair kept the score board moving and Perera attained his half century in the 25th over. The run rate was maintained by the batsmen and Chandimal went past his 11th ODI fifty with a boundary. Kusal Perera was the most attacking of the two and blasted his first ODI century in the 38th one but was dismissed for 106 off 124 balls with 5 towering sixes and 6 fours. Chandimal became the next victim at 205 after contributing 64 as the Islanders required 36 from 53 deliveries to win the game. Angelo Mathews and Ashan Priyanjan kept their cool, remained beaten for 20 and 22 as the Lankan Lions powered 4-246 in 47.3 overs.

Rubel Hossain and Mahmudullah were the only impressive bowlers with two wickets each.

Sri Lanka triumphed in the last encounter with a big margin of six wickets and swept the series at 3-0.

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