Published: March 6, 2014
Srilanka beats Bangladesh by 3 wickets. Batting first Bangladesh scored 204/9 and Srilanka reached the target with 3 wickets to spear.
Bangladeshi pacer Al-Amin Hossain stroked for Tigers by taking two wickets in the consecutive overs in a match of Asia Cup at Mirpur in Dhaka.
Sri Lanka scored 47 runs nine by losing 4 wickets in 14.4 overs before drinks.
Al-Amin Hossain sent back opener MDKJ Perera and Kumara Sangakara in consecutive overs.
DPMD Jayawardene was the victim of run out.
Earlier Bangladesh batting stuttered to reach 204.
The Tigers lost nine wickets to reach the total, with Anamaul Haque top scoring with 49.
Al-Amin’s double strike gives Tigers hope
Four Lankan bowlers — Lakmal, Mendis, Perera and Priyanjan — each claimed two wickets while maintaining tight lines and lengths.
The match holds little value for both the team in terms of consequences, as Sri Lanka have already qualified for the final while Bangladesh have been knocked out of the competition.
However, the Tigers will look to salvage some pride from this match to break a losing streak that has now stretched to eight international matches thanks to some shoddy fielding and an inability to finish off close games.
However, they showed signs of improvement in their last outing against Pakistan, posting their highest ODI total – 326.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will look forward to this match as a rehearsal for the final against Pakistan on March 8 at the same venue.