Sri Lankan team is still looking pretty strong even after Malinga’s retirement. Another clinical performance from the Lankans. 238 wasn’t a challenging total but certainly workable on a pitch that had some help for the spinners and those who took pace off. Bangladesh’s bowlers weren’t accurate enough though, and their spinners were too inconsistent to make use of the surface. It was a proud win for Lankans in 2nd ODI against Bangladesh.
Clinical Win for Lankans In 2nd ODI Against Bangladesh
Take no credit away from the Lankans as Fernando’s blistering innings set the game up nicely for the hosts, so well that even a couple of quick wickets didn’t really hurt them. Mathews and Mendis put their heads down to take their side past the finish line. Bangladesh’s fielding was also shoddy, which only made matters worse, given the inadequate performance from their bowlers.
Consecutive defeats and both really hurting ones at that, Bangladesh will be stinging for sure. On the other hand, Sri Lanka will be jubilant as it’s been a long drought in white-ball cricket for them.
Dimuth Karunaratne seems to be the crisis man for Sri Lanka. Became the Test captain out of nowhere this year and led them to a historic series win in SA, then similarly found himself as the ODI captain before the World Cup. The team didn’t make the knockouts but still did decently well with their squad strength. And now, the drought of a home series win is broken under his leadership in his first series in Sri Lanka.
Happy times for the Lankans as they look to rebuild towards the next World Cup. Bangladesh has been poor in both the games, especially during vital moments. Certainly, need a kick up their backsides. That’s it from us today then. Do join us for the next game between the two sides. It might be a dead rubber technically but it’s dedicated to Nuwan Kulasekara who has retired recently. The Lankans will want to win that for him.
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