Before the start of the series against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh lost three of their players in Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das and Mohammad Saifuddin due to various reasons. The depleted team couldn’t put up any sort of fight and lost the series 3-0. Tamim Iqbal and Co lost the third ODI in Colombo by 122 runs. While it was the visitors’ second whitewash in 2019, Lanka cleanswept a team after 44 months.
Mathews guides the Lankans
After electing to bat first, the hosts didn’t make a great start as Shafiul Islam trapped Avishka Fernando in front. But Dimuth Karunaratne (46) and Kusal Perera (42) steadied the ship with a 83-run stand. Taijul Islam broke the stand, dismissing Karunaratne and in the very next over, Rubel Hossain found Perera’s outside edge. Kusal Mendis (54) and Angelo Mathews (87) then took charge.
The duo put on 101 for the fourth wicket and set the platform for a final flourish. Soumya Sarkar got rid of Mendis, but Dasun Shanaka (30) injected momentum into the innings. Mathews got to his second fifty of the series in 69 balls. In the last 10 overs, Lanka got 106 runs. For the Tigers, Sarkar and Shafiul were the most successful with three wickets each. Lanka finished with 294 in 50 overs.
Sarkar wages a lone battle at the R Premadasa
Tamim Iqbal’s horror run continued and he fell prey to Kasun Rajitha, who nipped out the other opener- Anamul Haque Bijoy- as well. Mushfiqur Rahim succumbed to a rare failure as he became Shanaka’s first victim. Mohammad Mithun was demoted and the move didn’t work as Shanaka removed him cheaply. Mahmudullah perished for his third consecutive single-digit score in ODIs.
Shanaka accounted for the right-hander’s wicket. Even Lahiru Kumara joined the party picking up the wickets of Sabbir Rahman and Mehidy Hasan Miraz. At the other end, Soumya Sarkar (69) held one end up. He got to his fifty off 61 balls, but it was never going to be enough as he got no support. Taijul Islam (39) wielded his willow to good effect and Bangladesh eventually folded for 172 in 36 overs.
Here is how Twitter lauded Sri Lanka for their show
Bangladesh waiting for Lankawash….!!!! Very disappointing performance from Bangladesh's player without Mushfiqur Rahim. They are very much miss their key player world no. 1 all-rounder shakib Al Hasan & super captain Mashrafe Mortaza.#Lanka_Wash pic.twitter.com/PQAc5laxZ7
— Shahed Sumon (@ShahedSumon17) July 31, 2019
Bangladesh really struggling without their regular Captain Mortaza.
— Rohit Sharma FC (@Ro45FC) July 31, 2019
Bangladesh have lost 14 of their last 17 away ODIs without Shakib Al Hasan in the side.
— Rashed (রাশেইদ্দে)😎 (@AbuRashed7510) July 31, 2019
Tough time ahead for Shakib Al Hasan when he becomes the captain after Mashrafe’s retirement. Not easy for one Tiger to lead a bunch of donkeys.
— Asif Ferdous (@aasiferdous) July 31, 2019
No Shakib, no Liton, no Saifuddin. 😐
— Kawser Ahmed Shishir (@KAS_shishir) July 31, 2019
without shakib bangladesh are nothing
— दार्चुले प्रतिनिधी (@DarchuleStar) July 31, 2019
Mahmudullah disappoints for the nth time in last 4 months. I’m afraid he is in some danger
— SHAKIB IS HAPPINESS (@Nafiu_Shakibian) July 31, 2019
I was telling people that Shakib and Mushi were carrying whole Bangladesh team on their shoulders but they disagreed on my opinion, poor fellas 😛
— Pawan Pokharel (@pawanpokharelpp) July 31, 2019
So, B'desh minus Shakib looks beatable by even uganda.
— What's in a name ? (@itsanishm) July 31, 2019
Pic 1. Bangladesh with Shakib.
— TUSHAR 🇮🇳🏏 (@mainlycricket) July 31, 2019
— Half Tracker (@Half_tracker) July 31, 2019
— Savindu Chamika (@savindu_chamika) July 31, 2019
Lahiru Kumara is Amazing ❤️
I can watch him all day #SLvBAN
— DAMZ 😷 (@Je_suis_Damz) July 31, 2019
— Vishal (@Vishal_14_) July 31, 2019
You could be fooled into thinking that this is a SL-BAN series from the 2000s#SLvBAN
— Hari Sadanandan (@iamharry_88) July 31, 2019
Both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh pulled themselves back to 2000s. #SLvBAN
— Bala Ramana 🇮🇳🏏 (@ramana475) July 31, 2019
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