Thursday, 2 December 2021

Mathews, Shanaka star as Sri Lanka complete sweep

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka romped to a 122-run win in the third ODI to complete a 3-0 whitewash of Bangladesh. After posting an imposing 294 for 8, their second-string bowling attack ran through the visitors in 36 overs, bowling them out for 172. Bangladesh have now lost five ODIs in a row, their worst run of results since 2014.

There was hardly any resistance from Bangladesh as Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis starred with the bat while Dasun Shanaka put on an all-round show.

Sri Lanka’s dominating total came mainly due to three partnerships, two of which Mathews guided with his vast experience. He only stepped on the gas when he knew it was absolutely necessary, and by then Sri Lanka had been well on the way of a dominating total.

After Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne exited in quick succession following their 83-run second-wicket stand, Mathews and Mendis took it slow, hitting just a single boundary from overs 20 to 30. But they burst into life in the next ten overs, which set Sri Lanka for the big score.

Mendis struck five fours and a six in his 54 off 58 balls, falling to the first of Sabbir Rahman’s three good catches. Mathews, at the other end, kept up the scoring with ones and twos, and took advantage of two missed chances on 32 and 63 respectively. But once Shanaka found his range, in the 44th over, Mathews also went after the bowling.

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