Kusal Mendis and Shoriful Islam fight in BAN vs SL: Bangladesh are currently hosting Sri Lanka for a three-match ODI series where the hosts have already sealed the series in their favour by winning the first two ODIs by comprehensive margins. The Tamim Iqbal-led Bangladesh team registered a brilliant 33-run win in the first ODI match and then the hosts also emerged victorious by 103 runs in the second match of the series. Both the teams are right now locking horns in the third and final ODI match in Dhaka.
During the first innings of the third ODI, Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Mendis was seen getting involved in a heated argument with Bangladesh pacer Shoriful Islam. The incident took place on the final ball of the 17th over when the duo of Mendis and Shoriful were seen exchanging a few words after the Lankan batsman got completely beaten off a length delivery outside the off-stump by the Bangladeshi left-arm pacer.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Sri Lanka got off to an excellent start with the two openers, Danushka Gunathilaka and skipper Kusal Perera putting up a fine 82-run opening partnership. The Sri Lanka captain composed a sensational knock of 120 runs off 122 balls that included 11 fours and 1 six. However, the Bangladeshi bowlers also continued to pick up wickets on regular intervals. But then towards the end, Dhananjaya de Silva played a brilliant unbeaten 55 runs to help Sri Lanka post a challenging total of 286 for 6 in their quota of 50 overs. For Bangladesh, right-arm pacer Taskin Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers as he registered excellent figures of 4 for 46 in his 9 overs.
Bangladesh will be requiring to chase down the target of 287 runs in this third ODI in order complete a series whitewash of 3-0.
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