Tanzid Hasan Rishad Hossain star in Bangladesh series victory


Bangladesh secured the series win with a 4-wicket victory in the final ODI.


Bangladesh opener Tanzid Hasan, who came in as a concussion substitute for Soumya Sarkar, scored a 81-ball 84 to set up Bangladesh's series-clinching victory in the third ODI in Chattogram on Monday (March 19). Sri Lanka batted first on a tricky surface and were rescued from a precarious position by Janith Liyanage's century, but that wasn't enough in the end. Sri Lanka kept the fight alive for long, but Rishad Hossain's whirlwind 18-ball 48 sealed the deal for the home side.

On a hot and taxing day on the field, Bangladesh faced many hurdles. Sarkar had to be taken off the field after he hurt his neck while attempting a dive at the boundary line to save a run and crashed into the advertising billboard. Tanzid came in as his concussion substitute. Mustafizur Rahman, who bowled nine overs, was stretchered off because of severe cramps. Substitute fielder Jaker Ali was also taken off the field on a stretcher after he collided with teammate Anamul Haque while attempting to take a catch and hurt his neck.

Out in the middle, Sri Lanka found it tough too. They chose to bat and slumped to 74 for 4 in the 18th over. Charith Asalanka hit five fours in his 45-ball 37 while keeping Janith Liyanage company. Liyanage went on to get a 102-ball 101 - an innings laced with 11 fours and 2 sixes - but contributions around him were sparse. Bangladesh bowlers ensured that no partnership blossomed even as Liyange kept going from one end. The one between the centurion and Asalanka was starting to look like the one to force a turnaround in the proceedings, but even that was soon nipped in the bud at 43 runs. Sri Lanka's no.9 Maheesh Theekshana paved the way for the best alliance of the innings as he stood his ground to play out 40 balls for his 15 and add 60 runs with Liyange to take Sri Lanka past the 200-run mark. Sri Lanka finished on 235 which Bangladesh chased down with 58 balls and four wickets to spare.

The hosts got themselves off to a solid start with a 50-run stand between the openers Anamul and Tanzid. They had a brief wobble, falling to 56 for 2 but quickly picked themselves up with another good stand between Tanzid and Towhid Hridoy worth 49 runs. Despite Tanzid's fluency from one end, Sri Lanka were not ready to go down with a fight. Lahiru Kumara continued to find breakthroughs to keep his team in the game, and rocking Bangladesh in the process in the 26th over when he had Tanzid caught by Asalanka at long-on.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mushfiqur Rahim rebuilt briefly from 130 for 5 but Wanindu Hasaranga sent the former packing with the score on 178 in the 37th over. It built up Sri Lanka's hopes, which were brutally crushed by the incoming batter Rishad Hossain. The 21-year-old started out by picking a googly from Hasaranga first up and depositing it over mid-wicket for a six. He punished the leggie further in the same over with a four and another six. Rishad went on to club a couple more sixes - those too, off Hasaranga, to hasten Bangladesh's victory. He picked as many as 24 runs off an over from the leg spinner to finish with an unbeaten 48 off just 18 balls as Bangladesh secured the win in just the 41st over.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 235 in 50 overs (Janith Liyanage 101; Taskin Ahmed 3-42, Mehidy Hasan 2-38, Mustafizur Rahman 2-39) beat Bangladesh 237-6 in 40.2 overs (Tanzid Hasan 84, Rishad Hossain 48*; Lahiru Kumara 4-48) by 4 wickets