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26-Jul-2019 17:25:00 GMT
SL vs Ban - 1st ODI, RPS

Malinga finishes the game one last time in style

Lasith Malinga picked up three wickets in his final ODIs.
Lasith Malinga picked up three wickets in his final ODIs.

Colombo: So finally Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 91 runs and Lasith Malinga took the final wicket. Holds up his hands. Lasith Malinga: 226 matches, 338 wickets at 28.87. Finishes ahead of Anil Kumble.

Hugs from his team-mates and hugs as he walks through Bangladesh’s guard of honour. Malinga finishes his final one figures as 9.4-2-38-3.

Chasing a 315, Bangladesh faltered after a couple of good partnerships and subsequently got out for 223 in 41.4 overs. After recovering from the 40/4, Bangladesh batters took their team to 105/4 in 20 overs. After 38.3 overs, Bangladesh were 200/9.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Sri Lanka put 314/8 on board against Bangladesh in the first ODI of the series. Despite they lost their opener Fernando for as cheaply as 10 runs, skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and number 3 batsman Kusal Parera revived the team with their 97-run partnership.

It took Sri Lanka past 100 before the skipper got out for 36 runs.

Kusal Parera then put up a brilliant show and scored his 5th ODI ton. His 82-ball 101 was a huge push the team before he got out for 111 off 99 balls.

With important contributions from Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka finally put 314 runs on board.

A brilliant effort by Bangladesh bowlers as they did not let Sri Lankan middle-order bat as freely as Parera did.

Lasith Malinga will play his final ODI as Karunaratne-led Sri Lanka will look to send him off with a win.

Brief scores:
Sri Lanka 314 for 8 (K Perera 111, Shafiul Islam 3-62) beat Bangladesh 223 (Rahim 67, Sabbir 60, Malinga 3-38, Pradeep 3-51) by 91 runs

Malinga is three wickets away from surpassing former Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble’s tally of wickets in ODI cricket and becoming the ninth-highest wicket-taker of all time. The 35-year-old played his last World Cup game against India.

Tamim Iqbal-led Bangladesh consider themselves as favourites to win the ODI series after a decent run in the World Cup 2019, despite getting knocked out in the league stages of the mega-event.

Sri Lanka were placed sixth at the points table whereas Bangladesh were in the eighth slot. Both the teams won three matches in the tournament.


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