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Bangladesh restricts Sri Lanka to 196 in final ODI


Sri Lanka batsman Sanath Jayasuriya, center, is watched by Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, left, as he plays a stroke during the third and final one day international match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the R. Premadasa cricket stadium in Colombo yesterday.


Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzaq took three wickets as Bangladesh bowled out Sri Lanka for 196 in the rain-truncated third and final one-dayer yesterday.

Bangladesh, reeling from defeats in the first two one-dayers and the preceding Test series, would have restricted the home side further but for a butter-fingered display in the field.

The lone resistance for the hosts came from Jehan Mubarak, who top-scored with an 82-ball 72 after Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraul elected to field in a match reduced to 40 overs a side due to a wet outfield.

Mubarak lifted the team from a shaky 61-4 with a valuable 78-run stand for the fifth wicket with Tillakratne Dilshan (39).

Debutant Mohammad Mahmudullah chipped in with two wickets, including that of Upul Chandana, who was caught brilliantly by Tamim Iqbal near the boundary, the only bright spot in an otherwise sloppy fielding show by the visitors.

Bangladesh dropped at least four catches and missed three run-out opportunities.

Sri Lanka were off to a tentative start, losing their top three wickets with 44 runs on the board.

Kumar Sangakkara (18) frittered away a fine start, driving away from his body to be caught at mid-off off Razzaq.

Dilshan gave Mahmudullah his maiden one-day wicket when he tried to reverse sweep a quicker one from the off-spinner but missed it completely.

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