Kusal Perera Catch: Sri Lanka must win the 2nd ODI match against Bangladesh to remain alive in the 3-match ODI series. Tamim Iqbal and Co won the first encounter by 33 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the series. A win here for the hosts will give them an unassailable 2-0 lead, while Sri Lanka will endure yet another series defeat.
Bangladesh won the toss and struck first blood after opting to bat first. But from the proceedings, it seems Sri Lanka are in the driving seat. Their bowlers and fielders have made life hard for the hosts’ batsmen.
Tamim Iqbal‘s decision to bat first backfired as Bangladesh lost three wickets in 11 overs. Bangladesh were reeling at 49/3 when Mosaddek Hossain arrived on the crease to partner Mushfiqur Rahim.
The duo seemed to have laid the foundations but captain Kusal Perera combined with bowler Lakshan Sandakan to produce a magic moment to break the 25-run partnership.
The left-arm spinner bowled a simple bowl at Mosaddek Hossain‘s pads but Bangladesh’s batsman could only flick the ball but Perera showed brilliant reflexes to snap a fantastic catch. Watch the Video:
Sri Lanka have given themselves a great chance to level the 3-match ODI series. At the time of writing this article, Bangladesh are reeling at 196/7 after 41.1 overs with wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim fighting a lone battle for his team, batting at 85 off 106 balls. However, the way Sri Lanka batted in the first match, any total the hosts put up on the board could be a tricky total for the visitors.