It could have been the 15th Banglawash! Bangladesh lost another opportunity to win against Sri Lanka in the 3rd ODI but took the series 2-1. This is Sri Lanka’s first win in the ICC ODI Super League.
This was absolutely a Sri Lanka show! Perera’s Sixth ODI century, an unbeaten 55 runs by Dhananjaya de Silva, and Chameera’s maiden 5 wicket haul, all came together as Sri Lanka’s win.
On the other hand, this was absolutely a disaster for the Bangladesh side. Even they couldn’t cross 200! Chameera’s first spell thrashed Bangladesh away from the match as they lost 3 early wickets for only 28 runs.
At first, Sri Lanka batted 50 overs hauling 286 runs for 6, and then bowled out Bangladesh for 189 runs in 42.3 overs.
After losing 3 early wickets, Mosaddek Hossain tried to build up a partnership with Rahim by adding 56 for the fourth wicket and he made 51 runs off 72 balls. But Bangladesh kept losing wickets while Mahmudullah Riyadh took his 25th ODI fifty, top scorer for Bangladesh in this match. He scored 53 runs.
In the first innings, we saw Bangladesh dropped a few catches which actually helped Perera to score his 6th ODI century. Shakib Al Hasan alone created two opportunities but what a misfortune for him to wait for another match. Otherwise, he could have been the leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh in ODI.
Bangladesh lost the game but eventually, it was a great moment in the history of Bangladesh cricket. This was their first bilateral series win over Sri Lanka.
Despite winning the series, the Bangladesh skipper said, “We won the series but don’t think we played really well.”
“You never know, these ten points could bother us later,” Iqbal said. “The ICC ODI Super League is not like a typical bilateral series. When we had the opportunity, we should have finished it properly. We won the series, but I don’t think we played really well. We bowled well, but we have more potential in our batting unit. Fielding was okay in the first two matches, but it was the same-old fielding today. We [dropped] important catches at important times.”
“I am disappointed [with the third ODI],” he said. If we forget everything just because we won the series, it is the same thing when we come and say after a series loss that we have a lot of work to do. I will say the same thing after this series win: we have a lot to improve on.”
He also mentioned young players who are actually getting enough chances but not performing regularly. Criticizing them is easy, but I don’t like to criticize my players,” he said. I know how hard they are working. They haven’t performed up to their expectations.
“I am sure they will put up a good performance soon. When they will perform, we become a stronger team.”
We also hope that comes true. Best wishes to the Bangladesh team.