Sri Lanka Emerging team made a strong comeback after the last over defeat in the previous game to seal the 3-match Unofficial ODI series against Bangladesh 2-1 in Khulna as they beat the hosts by 7 wickets.
The tourists fielded a XI with 4 changes to the team which played the first two games as Hasitha Boyagoda and Minod Bhanuka replaced Sandun Weerakkody and Sammu Ashan. Amila Aponso and Nuwan Thushara were also replaced as they went for too many runs in the game Sri Lanka lost. Young and promising Kalana Perera replaced the seamer while spin bowling all-rounder Tharindu Mendis replaced the spinner.
Perera’s inclusion started to pay off straightaway as he provided Sri Lanka the opening breakthrough in just his second over. The spin bowling all-rounders of Sri Lanka then jolted the Bangladeshis with a double blow following a slow and steady piece of repair work by in-form opener Saif Hassan and Captain Najmul Hossain. Wanindu De Silva and Ramesh Mendis were the wicket-takers.
The 20-year old Hassan was then joined by 19-year old Afif Hossain. The duo showing a lot of promise and character, adding 125 runs for the 4th wicket in 117 deliveries to take their team past 220 by the 45th over. Hassan who already has 5 list A centuries was eventually sent back by the Sri Lankan 19-year old, Perera, for 117 runs.
On the other end Afif kept scoring for his team as they ended their 50 overs on 269/5 thanks to Afif’s blitz towards the end. In bowling for the visitors, apart from Perera’s 2 wickets, Shiran Fernando, Tharindu Mendis and Wanindu De Silva picked up a wicket each.
The run-chase for Sri Lanka was a rain-hit one. Steering the run-chase from the front, Pathum Nissanka started off things smoothly as he led the way for Sri Lanka to a 64-run opening stand before he lost his new opening partner Hasitha Boyagoda for 12 in the 9th over.
Skipper Charith Asalanka didn’t have a good outing today as he scored just 2. Minod Bhanuka, playing his first game of the tour then together with Nissanka, just destroyed the Bangladeshi bowlers. With the target being reduced to 199 in 28 overs the Lankan batsmen cruised to the win.
The 3rd wicket stand between Nissanka and Bhanuka was worth 122 runs and came in just 77 deliveries. Nissanka remained unbeaten on 115 facing just 78 deliveries as he finished off proceedings along with Kamindu Mendis after Bhanuka was dismissed for a 32-ball 55.
The two teams will now engage in two 4-day Unofficial Tests starting off on the 27th Tuesday at the same venue.
|Saif Hassan||c Charith Asalanka b Kalana Perera||117||130||4||7||90.00|
|Mohammad Naim||c Ashen Bandara b Kalana Perera||6||12||1||0||50.00|
|Najmul Hossain Shanto||c Hasitha Boyagoda b Ramesh Mendis||39||47||4||0||82.98|
|Yasir Ali||c Jehan Daniel b Wanindu Hasaranga||9||24||0||0||37.50|
|Afif Hossain||not out||68||70||6||1||97.14|
|Zakir Hasan||c Wanindu Hasaranga b Shiran Fernando||7||7||1||0||100.00|
|Yeasin Arafat||not out||13||11||1||0||118.18|
|Extras||10 (b 2 , lb 1 , nb 1, w 6, pen 0)|
|Total||269/5 (50 Overs, RR: 5.38)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-9 (3.6) Mohammad Naim, 2-83 (19.5) Najmul Hossain Shanto, 3-95 (24.5) Yasir Ali, 4-220 (44.2) Saif Hassan, 5-229 (45.5) Zakir Hasan,|
|Pathum Nissanka||not out||115||78||8||5||147.44|
|Hasitha Boyagoda||b Aminul Islam||12||23||1||0||52.17|
|Charith Asalanka||c Najmul Hossain Shanto b Robiul Haque||2||8||0||0||25.00|
|Minod Bhanuka||b Yeasin Arafat||55||32||5||3||171.88|
|Kamindu Mendis||not out||5||3||1||0||166.67|
|Extras||10 (b 0 , lb 4 , nb 0, w 6, pen 0)|
|Total||199/3 (24 Overs, RR: 8.29)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-64 (8.4) Hasitha Boyagoda, 2-68 (10.1) Charith Asalanka, 3-190 (22.6) Minod Bhanuka,|