Just weeks after a lackluster sixth-place finish in the World Cup, Sri Lanka have upped their game tremendously to complete a dominating whitewash over Bangladesh at home. Sri Lanka cruised to victory by an emphatic margin of 122 runs in the third one-day international against the Asian rivals setting up their first-ever series sweep in over three years.
The match was declared as a tribute to Sri Lankan fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara, who announced his retirement from international cricket earlier this week. It thus proved to be a fitting farewell to the veteran pacer as Angelo Mathews’ sublime knock of 87 set up Sri Lanka’s daunting total of 294 in the first innings.
Later, Dasun Shanaka chipped away at Bangladesh’s middle order, returning impressive figures of 3/27 as the tourists could manage just 172 runs in 36 overs. Tamim Iqbal’s first experience of leading his nation hence ended in a shambolic manner.