Tri-nation series: Suranga Lakmal shines as Sri Lanka thrash Bangladesh to reach final

Suranga Lakmal led Sri Lankan bowlers on a confidence-boosting rampage to skittle out Bangladesh for 82 on Thursday and guide his side into the final of the Dhaka tri-nation tournament.

AFP, Jan 25, 2018 17:19:42 IST

Dhaka: Suranga Lakmal led Sri Lankan bowlers on a confidence-boosting rampage to skittle out Bangladesh for 82 on Thursday and guide his side into the final of the Dhaka tri-nation tournament.

Suranga Lakmal appeals during Sri Lanka's match against Bangladesh on Thursday. AFP

Suranga Lakmal appeals during Sri Lanka's match against Bangladesh on Thursday. AFP

Openers Upul Tharanga (39) and Danushka Gunathilaka (35) sped to the target 83 in just 11.5 overs to seal the win for the islanders.

"This is what we're capable of," said Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal as he celebrated the emphatic 10-wicket win that left Zimbabwe in third place in the series and ensured Sri Lanka another match against Bangladesh in Saturday's final.

Sri Lanka had to win to remain in the competition and, coming out of their worst year in international cricket, completed the task in style.

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza won the toss and opted to bat but soon regretted his move. Mushfiqur Rahim made 26 but Sabbir Rahman was the only other batsman to reach double figures, with just 10 runs.

Lakmal picked up his three wickets – openers Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque, and number five Mahmudullah – for just 21 runs and knocked out the upper order. Thisara Perera, Dushmantha Chameera and Lakshan Sandakan each claimed two wickets.

Bangladesh, who had secured emphatic wins in their past three games, were all out for 82 in 24 overs and clearly stunned.

Gunathilaka, with three sixes and two fours, and Tharanga romped to victory without the loss of a wicket against Bangladesh's lacklustre bowlers.

Chandimal highlighted Sri Lanka's planning for this game.

"We wanted to attack them," said the captain. "We can control when we're fielding. Especially Suranga bowled really well at the start. Upul and Danushka finished it really well."

Bangladesh skipper Mortaza admitted his side had suffered a wake-up call.

"Good thing that our middle order has been exposed," he said. "Hopefully they'll find out their mistakes."

Mortaza said he could not blame the wicket and that Bangladesh should have scored at least 180-200.

"Hopefully the boys will deliver in the final," he said.

Updated Date: Jan 25, 2018 17:19:42 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
New Zealand 5 4 0 1 9
England 5 4 1 0 8
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
India 4 3 0 1 7
Bangladesh 5 2 2 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 5 1 3 1 3
South Africa 6 1 4 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 5 0 5 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254