Print Edition - 2018-02-19 | Sports
Sri Lankans sweep T20 series 2-0
Feb 19, 2018-
Opener Kusal Mendis hit a blazing half-century as Sri Lanka thrashed Bangladesh by 75 runs in the second Twenty20 to complete a 2-0 series sweep on Sunday.
Sri Lanka rode on Mendis’ 70 off 42 deliveries to post 210-4 and then bowled out the hosts for 135 in Sylhet. Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad top-scored for Bangladesh with 41 before being run out, with opener Tamim Iqbal making the only other meaningful contribution with 29. Sri Lanka paceman Shehan Madushanka and off-spinner Danushka Gunathilaka claimed two wickets each.
But it was Mendis who once again stood out for the visitors with his second successive fifty of the series, as his 98-run stand with fellow opener Gunathilaka gave Sri Lanka a solid start. Mendis, who was named both man-of-the-match and series, hit six fours and three sixes in reaching his T20 international career-best score, taking the attack to the opposition while Gunathilaka at the other end made a brisk 42.
Bangladesh dropped Gunathilaka twice on 15 and 28 and had to wait until the 11th over for their first success in the game. No 3 Thisara Perera chipped in with a quickfire 31. Upul Tharanga then hit 25, and Dasun Shanaka smashed an unbeaten 30 off 11 balls, to lift the score past the 200-run mark.
In reply, Bangladesh lost three early wickets for just 22 runs and never caught up with the ever-increasing required run-rate. Apart from Tamim and Mahmudullah, Mohammad Saifuddin and Mahedi Hasan were the only other batsmen to manage double figures for the hosts, who were all out after 18.4 overs.
Sri Lanka 210-4 (K Mendis 70, D Gunathilaka 42; N Islam 1-28) beat Bangladesh 135 in 18.4 overs (Mahmudullah 41, T Iqbal 29; D Gunathilaka 2-3, S Madushanka 2-23) by 75 runs
Man-of-the-match/Series: K Mendis
Published: 19-02-2018 10:03