Kusal steers SL to victory with his maiden century in Bangladesh

Kusal steers SL to victory with his maiden century in Bangladesh

Written by Bella Dalima

22 Feb, 2014 | 8:44 pm

In the absence of Sri Lanka’s batting power houses T.M. Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, Kusal Janith Perera hammered his maiden century to lead Sri Lanka to a six-wicket win against Bangladesh in the third ODI .

The victory ensured that Sri Lanka did not lose a single game during their tour of Bangladesh.  Put into bat at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Bangladesh capitalised on home conditions to post 240 runs for the loss of eight wickets in their allotted 50 overs.  Monimul Haque top scored for the hosts with 60 runs while Nasir Hossain chipped in with 38 runs.  Dhammika Prasad was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka with figures of 3 for 49.

Sri Lanka got off to a steady start with Lahiru Thirimanne and Kusal Janith Perera putting on an opening stand of 44 runs.

However, Bangladesh struck back with two quick wickets, dismissing Thirimanne and Kithruwan Vithanage cheaply.

Kusal Janith then paired up with Dinesh Chandimal and pit on a 138 run stand for the third wicket.

Dinesh Chandimal scored his eleventh ODI half century on Saturday. 

Kusan Janith Perera, meanwhile, hammered his maiden one-day century today.

Sri Lanka went on to win the 3rd and final ODI by 6 wickets with 15 balls to spare.

 The victory ensured that Sri Lanka won the ODI series 3 – nil.

 Kusal Janith Perera walked away with the Man of the Match Award, while Sachithra Senanayake won the Man of the Series Award.


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