COLOMBO – Seamer Nuwan Kulasekara picked up four wickets to help Sri Lanka register a comfortable 70-run win in the third and final one-day international against Bangladesh on Saturday and level the series at 1-1.
Half-centuries from Kusal Mendis and Thisara Perera took the hosts, who lost the opening ODI in Dambulla, to 280/9 in their 50 overs after
Kulasekara’s double strike at the start hampered Bangladesh’s chase as the touring side were reduced to 11/3, and they never recovered before being bundled out for 210 in the 45th over.
Kulasekara struck twice in his first two overs to send back Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman, while Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim was out lbw first ball to paceman Suranga Lakmal.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and opener Soumya Sarkar put together a quick-fire partnership of 77 for the fourth wicket before the latter fell to off-spinner Dilruwan Perera.
Shakib made 54, but his dismissal to Dilruwan effectively ended
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Earlier, captain Upul Tharanga and Danushka Gunathilaka gave the hosts a brisk start with an opening partnership of 76 before both were dismissed in quick succession.
The 22-year-old Mendis, who scored 102 in the rain-disrupted second ODI in Dambulla, continued his strong form with a well-made 54.
Chandimal’s knock was cut short at 21 when he was out in bizarre fashion, with Mushfiqur Rahim removing the bails when the batsman had lifted his bat after having initially grounded it in the crease.
Thisara’s 40-ball 52, which included four fours and a six, gave