The second ODI could not have played out any better for the Tigers, who scored a decent 246 on a two-paced pitch, thanks to their man-in-form, Mushfiqur Rahim. His century, coupled with Bangla bowlers’ demolition job later on, earned their side a first-ever ODI series win over Sri Lanka.
It was the second-straight player-of-the-match performance for Rahim, who has pretty much single-handedly anchored Bangladesh’s batting in both their wins.
Generally, when the home teams wrap up series earlier than they need to, they field their youngsters and fringe players in the remaining dead rubber. Bangladesh, though, could have a slightly different agenda.
The Tamim Iqbal-led unit still has a lot of firsts to achieve: one of them being clean sweeping Sri Lanka. Thus, they might use a lot of their first-choice players and try their hardest to deprive Sri Lanka of even a consolation win.
Granted that the pitch was difficult and the weather did not make things any easier, but there was still not excuse for Sri Lanka to first concede nearly 250 on a pitch where it felt like 350. Then, their naiveté and want of talent was on full display as they collapsed from 71-2 to 122-9.
Captain Kusal Perera, of whom much was expected, failed to lead from the front again as Bangla bowlers ran riots.
Considering the construct of this team, Sri Lanka were not expected to do much in this away series but at the very least they were expected to show some spark in one or two areas. So far across the two ODIs, the positives have been almost nonexistent.
For a consolation win, the Lankans will have to dig deep as Bangladesh on their own turf are clearly so much more better than them.