Bangladesh A levels series with last-ball victory vs SL A
Published : 11 Oct 2019, 18:46
Visiting Bangladesh A leveled the three-match series against second string Sri Lankan side with a nervy one-wicket victory in the second game at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
After losing the first game by seven wickets, this was a must-win game for the second string Bangladesh side, who held the nerve in the nerve-wrecking moment to seal the deal in the last ball of the innings.
Being sent to bat first, Sri Lanka A was restricted to 226-9 with Kamindu Mendis top-scoring with 61. Priyamal Perera was the other notable scorer with 52.
Fast bowlers-Abu Haider Rony and Ebadat Hossain and left-arm spinner Sunjamul Islam grabbed two wickets apiece for Bangladesh A.
The hosts clawed back into the game after Bangladesh A made a decent start thanks to opener Mohammad Naim and captain Mohammad Mithun, who both struck half-century to keep the side on course.
Naim hammered nine boundaries to make 59 ball-68 while Mithun hit 52 off 87. But their dismissal in a short space sparked the collapse as Bangladesh lost wickets at regular interval to be left needing 9 runs in last over with two wickets at hands.
Sunzamul Islam held the nerve and scored 11 including a crucial boundary in the dramatic last over. However Sri Lanka still got a glimmer of hope when they took out Ebadat Hossain in the fifth ball of the last over, leaving Bangladesh a need of one run in last ball. Sunzamul however scored the winning run to help the side reach 227-9 and kept the series alive.
The third and series deciding match between the two sides is on October 12.
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