About the Match
Sri Lanka clinched the 3-match ODI series 2-0 by securing a 61-run win against the hosts in the second ODI; this is the first ODI series defeat for Bangladesh in more than two years and it has come as a big setback for the team. After losing the Test series, the hosts had a slim chance of making a comeback in the ODIs but it wasn’t to be and the Lankans got the better of them. While the remaining match to be played on Feb 22nd at Dhaka is only a formality, the hosts will be eager to score a face-saving win while the Lankans will look to dominate again and make a clean sweep here.
While the openers failed to perform, Sangakkara stayed strong and with his 128 runs off 115 deliveries, took the team to a series win with ease. Priyanjan and Mathews supported well with their half-centuries and the bowlers did a very good job to defend the total of 289 runs. They were economical and kept the pressure on the opposing batsmen, provided regular breakthroughs and demolished the Bangladesh batting line-up, getting them all-out in 43 overs. Malinga, Senanayake, Perera and Mendis got 2 wickets each while Priyanjan took the crucial wicket of Shakib in the middle. The team has strengthened its hold in the one-day format and with its power house performance in all departments of the game, Sri Lanka looks well set to achieve a whitewash here.
Rubel Hossain was astounding with his quick 2 wickets that dismissed the Lankan openers as early as the eighth over and the team showed a lot of determination to make a comeback into the series; however, none of the bowlers could stop the fierce batting skills of Sangakkara, who went on to score his 17th ODI century and took his team to a big total. While Sohag Gazi took the wicket of Chandimal in the 13th over, there was a drought of wickets till the 37th over and by then the match looked a one-sided affair. Though Hossain and Shakib came back to take a wicket each and restrict the opponents to 289 runs, the batsmen failed to come out all guns blazing and fell short by 61 runs. Mushfiqur Rahim’s 79 off 83 deliveries gave some hope but with hardly any support from the middle order, it was a lone battle for him. Anamul Haque started well and scored 42 runs but the lack of strong partnerships led to defeat at the end. Though the defeat has demoralized them, the hosts will look for some respite by winning the third and last match of the series.
While Bangladesh had showed great promise by putting up a good fight in the first match of the series, the second ODI clearly exposed their weaknesses and gaps in their overall performance. Sri Lanka has already won the series and looks confident to wrap up with a win and they will try to redeem themselves and their fighting spirit might just give them an advantage here.
Sri Lanka , 1.44 @ Titan Bet