Bangladesh rode on a brilliant hundred from Mushfiqur Rahim to beat Sri Lanka by 103 runs (via D/L method) in the rain-curtailed 2nd ODI and take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Mushfiqur Rahim hit his 8th ODI hundred in Bangladesh’s 2nd ODI win over Sri Lanka (AFP Photo)
- Bangladesh (246) beat Sri Lanka (141/9) by 103 runs via DLS method in Dhaka
- This is the first time Bangladesh have beaten Sri Lanka in a bilateral series across formats
- Mushfiqur Rahim was adjudged Player of the Match for his 125 off 127 balls in the 1st innings
Bangladesh made history on Tuesday after registering a convincing victory over Sri Lanka in the rain-curtailed 2nd one-day international in Dhaka. The hosts took an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series over the visitors after riding on a superb hundred from Mushfiqur Rahim.
The former captain followed up his match-winning 84 in the first ODI by hitting his 8th hundred in the 50-over format to script Bangladesh’s 103-run victory (via DLS method) at the National Stadium in their capital city.
Rahim smashed 125 off 127 balls with 10 fours and stitched a 87-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Mahmudullah (41) to help Bangladesh post 246 on the board in 50 overs after electing to bat first.
In reply, the Lankans struggled right from the onset and their chase could never gather any momentum as Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Shakib Al Hasan made life difficult for the batsmen with wickets at regular intervals.
Mustafizur and Mehidy Hasan grabbed 3 wickets each while Shakib took two as Bangladesh stopped Sri Lanka at 141 for 9 after the third rain break forced the match officials to revise the target to 245 from 40 overs.
This is the first time Bangladesh have beaten Sri Lanka in a bilateral series across formats and they now top the ICC’s World Cup Super League points table table with 50 points from 8 games ahead of England, Pakistan and Australia, who are tied on 40 points each.
“A win is always special and when you contribute it feels great. I was very disappointed that I couldn’t finish the game because 11 balls were left. We lost a couple of early wickets but it happens against the new ball.
“Our bowling was special tonight. There’s always area to improve and you have to be selective with shots on these tracks, it’s not easy to play here. Our batsmen will take a few notes from this innings and come better in the next match,” a beaming Rahim said after the match.
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