A recreation of cricket might or might not form up a group’s character, however it’s definitely ‘character-revealing’, particularly when the facet goes by way of a foul patch. Sri Lanka, who’re within the midst of a shedding streak, having not gained a single recreation within the 50-over format this 12 months, wanted somebody to display resolve and dedication within the third One-Day International towards Bangladesh.
It was Thisara Perera (52), who stood up when it mattered to propel Sri Lanka to 280 for 9 within the essential third recreation on the SSC in Colombo on Saturday (April 1). The enigmatic all-rounder dominated the consciousness of the cricketing panorama along with his power-packed recreation within the slog overs. The 28-year-old might be blindingly sensible or infuriatingly mediocre. As we speak, he definitely raised his recreation.
Thisara, who got here out to bat within the 44th over, upped the tempo within the subsequent over by thumping Mustafizur Rahman for a few boundaries. He then collected two extra fours off Mashrafe Mortaza’s eighth over. The way in which he lofted the Bangladesh captain straight down the bottom illustrated his skill to land the massive hits. Thisara additionally slogged Taskin over long-on for a six.
The strain obtained to the guests as Mahmudullah, one of many higher fielders within the Bangladesh camp, misfielded at long-off to present Thisara 4 runs. The all-rounder reached his fifty by slicing Mustafizur for a few runs by way of the off-side within the 49th over. Nevertheless, to Bangladesh’s credit score, they bowled with self-discipline within the closing two overs to maintain Thisara in verify. Mustafizur confirmed his class and high quality by freely giving simply six runs within the penultimate over. Mortaza then dismissed Perera within the final over.
Earlier, Danushka Gunathilaka (34) and Upul Tharanga (35) had offered Sri Lanka the platform with a 76-run stand for the opening wicket. Mehedi Hasan lifted Bangladesh’s spirits by dislodging Gunathilaka, whereas Tharanga fell to Taskin Ahmed. The younger pacer ushered in a positive supply that formed in earlier than straightening on the angle to citadel the Sri Lankan captain.
The pair of Dinesh Chandimal (21) and Mendis shared a well timed stand of 49 for the third wicket earlier than the previous was run-out. Chandimal paid the value for sloppy operating between the wickets. Each his ft and the bat had been within the air when Rahim eliminated he spigot of the bail.
Milinda Siriwardana, too, was run-out on the again of sharp work by Shuvagata Hom at level and Rahim, the ‘keeper. Rahim, particularly, confirmed good reflexes as he pouched the throw in entrance of the stumps and whipped the bails off in only one movement. He additionally took his palms off shortly to create sufficient time. After compiling a fluent fifty, Mendis additionally needed to trudge again to the pavilion with Mustafizur selecting up his scalp.
At 194 for five within the 37th over, Sri Lanka had been in a spot of hassle. Nevertheless, Perera’s pyrotechnics piloted Sri Lanka to a considerable whole. Mortaza took three wickets, whereas Mustafizur bagged two scalps for the guests.
Transient scores: Sri Lanka 280/9 in 50 overs (Kusal Mendis 54, Thisara Perera 52; Mashrafe Mortaza Three-65) vs Bangladesh