Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by three wickets in the rain interrupted third ODI played at the Pallekele Stadium as the ODI series finished at 1-1.
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End of over 26: 184 for 7 Nasir Hossain propelled Bangladesh to a nail-biting victory over Sri Lanka in the 3rd ODI by three wickets. Hossain clobbered four boundaries off Thisara Perera in the 26th over sealing the deal for the visitors. Hossain remained not out on 33 off 27 balls. The three-match ODI series is shared 1-1 after the second game was washed away.
End of over 25: 130 for 4 Nasir Hossain changed the complexion of the game as Bangladesh got 36 runs off the five over but lost two wickets, both falling the 25th over bowled by Lasith Malinga. Mominul Haque got our scoring 11 and Ziaur Rahman went for a duck. Earlier, Sachitra Senanayake got rid of Mahmudullah for nine runs. Hossain is not out on 20 off 22 balls.
End of over 20: 130 for 4 Bangladesh dig a big hole for themselves losing three wickets in five overs in a bid to overhaul the target of 183 in 27 overs. Bangladesh were aggressive from the word go but some rash shots and anxious running between the wickets culminated in wickets. Well set Anamul Haque departed for 40 playing the ball uppishly over covers. Jahurul Islam edged one to wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara for 26 and captain Mushfiqur Rahim ran himself out for nine runs.
End of over 15: 94 for 1 After a delay of over two hours, the game was resumed with the game reduced to 27 overs and Bangladesh needing 183 runs to win. Immediately after the start the visitors' got two boundaries as Thisara Perera conceded 10 runs off the over.
Rain interrupts play
End of over 13.4: 78 for 1 Rain interrupted play but not before Mohd Ashraful was sent packing by a Sacitra Senanayake's quicker one. Ashraful scored 29 before getting out. Jahurul Islam has joined Anamul Haque (37) in the middle.
End of over 10: 62 for 0
Bangladesh racked up their 50 in under eight overs as the opening duo of Anamul Haque and Mohammed Ashraful looked solid in the middle getting runs with ease off the fast bowlers. Ashraful was looking solid in the middle playing on 21 and Haque is batting on 29.
End of over 5: 38 for 0
Bangladesh openers Anamul Haque and Mohammed Ashraful were off to a steady start in chase of 303 to win scoring 38 runs off the first five overs. Haque was the aggressive of the two hitting four boundaries en route to his 20 off 18 balls whereas Ashraful is unbeaten on 7.
Sri Lanka innings:
End of over 50: 302 for 9 Two wickets in the last over gave Abdur Razzak his second five wicket haul. First he picked up Abdur Razzak and followed it up with the wicket of Senanayake. That was also his 200th ODI wicket. But the six off the last ball by Thirimanne helped Sri Lanka pass 300-run mark.
End of over 47: 263 for 7 Finally Dilshan's outstanding innings comes to an end. With four over remaining, the right-hander decided to have a go at every ball but this time he slogs it across the line, the ball flies to midwicket where Nasir Hossain takes a smart catch. He scored 125 off 128 balls. Shahadat Hossain also gets his first wicket.
End of over 44: 243 for 6 Sri Lanka are losing the plot here. Another batsman perishes trying to slog. Chandimal goes for the cut but ends up hitting it too hard, the ball takes the under-edge and crashes into the stumps. Ziaur Rahman gets his first wicket.
End of over 43: 233 for 5 Sri Lanka are falling like pack of cards here. Jeevan Mendis has been clean bowled by Sohag Gazi and he bowls a maiden as well. Dilshan at the other end looks a bit worried.
End of over 42: 233 for 4 Out! Another one falls, Lankans are losing the plot here. This time Angelo Mathews falls. Trying to hit the ball out of the park, he stepped down the track but missed the ball completely.
End of over 40: 221 for 3 That's century for Tillakaratne Dilshan. He brings it up in 110 balls and this his 16th ODI century, second in the series and fourth in Pallekele. This ton includes 8 boundaries.
End of over 38: 212 for 3 Out! Razzak picks up his second, two quick wickets for Bangladesh here. This time, Thisara Perera looks to hoick it across the line, misses it and the ball knocks the middle stump back. He is out on 4.
End of over 36: 203 for 2 Out! Sangakkara's cameo comes to an end. The left-handed batsman scored 48 off 49 balls before giving Anamul catch at the midwicket. Razzak picks up his first scalp of the match. Thisara Perera comes in the middle.
End of over 33: 183 for 1 Kumar Sangakkara is looking to up the ante now. Two boundaries and few singles have quickly taken him to 37 off 37 balls. This partnership can take the game away from Bangladesh. Dilshan on the other end is closing in on yet another ton. He is on 84. Drinks are on the field now.
End of over 31: 167 for 1 Kumar Sangakkara and Dilshan are playing the ball according to the merit. The duo are rotating the strike and picking up important boundaries in between. Both have also brought up fifty-run stand between them. Sri Lanka look well in course to cross 300-mark today.
End of over 26: 135 for 1 Dilshan is joined by Kumar Sangakkara in the middle. The duo are dealing in the singles at the moment. Sangakkara will look to get his eye in before he cuts loose.
End of over 22: 120 for 1 Mahmudullah gives Bangladesh their first breakthrough by removing Janith Perera for 56. The bowler pitches it touch short and Perera cuts it straight to the point fielder.
End of over 19: 105 for 0 Janith Perera plays it to cover and takes a quick single to reach his maiden half-century and the next was Dilshan with a single for his 30th fifty. This stand is really frustrating Bangladesh.
End of over 15: 85 for 0 Dilshan and Perera are now batting in their forties and looking good for a big score. On the other hand Bangladesh are operating with spinners as they look for the first breakthrough.
End of over 10: 63 for 0 Janith Perera has now moved ahead of Dilshan with the help of some excuisite shots through covers, especially the cuts off the backfoot. The pitch looks flat with nothing much for the bowlers, maybe a good toss to win.
End of over 5: 36 for 0 After opting to bat, Sri Lankan openers Janith Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan have given their team a decent start. In this decider ODI also Dilshan looks in good touch with a stable support from the other end.
Toss: Sri Lanka have won the toss and elected to bat.
Teams News: Bangladesh are going in with one change as Shahadat Hossain replaces Rubel Hossain while Sri Lanka field an unchanged side.
Sri Lanka: Kushal Janith Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(w), Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews(c), Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga
Bangladesh: Jahurul Islam, Anamul Haque, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim(w/c), Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Ziaur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Sohag Gazi, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain