The Sri Lankan team was able to defend their score and win by a huge margin against Bangladesh at their very first tussle.
The two teams have been waiting long, to get the series started, after rain interrupting their parade. They were finally given an escape to steal a game of 30 overs each. The two teams were seen playing after a long time, which got fans excited about the 2nd ODI, which was rescheduled from 2nd of May to be played on 4th due to weather conditions.
The teams had to wait long before getting their pads on and marching towards the field. Winning the toss, Sri Lanka decided to bat first at their home ground, P Sara Oval. Chamari Attapathu was seen opening along with Vishmi Gunaratne.
Attapathu played a fabulous game as ever. The captain played a responsible inning of 64 runs in 60 deliveries. While Gunaratne lost an early wicket to Ritu Moni’s delivery, the game was carried forward by Attapathu and Samawickrama.
The two batters led the team to a huge target of 186 for Bangladesh to chase. Attapathu played at a strike rate of 106, Samawickrama batted well at a strike rate of 93. After Attapathu was bowled before wickets by Sultana Khatun, Nilakshi De Silva took over and batted at a stunning strike rate.
As the game was brought down to 30 overs, putting up a huge score was only obvious for the first batters. Sri Lanka did just that, as Anushka Sanjeevani and Kavisha Dilhari batted to lead the team to a huge score.
At the end of 30 overs, Sri Lanka was able to secure 186 runs in all with 5 wickets lost. Each Bangladeshi bowler secured a wicket each and Sultana Khatun must be specially mentioned for her amazing economy rate.
As Bangladesh began the chase, they seemed pretty unfortunate, as they kept losing early wickets. Having lost the two openers pretty early into the inning, Nigar Sultana and Fargana Hoque tried to maintain the team’s stance but no luck on Bangladesh’s side as they kept losing wickets.
Oshadi Ranasinghe played a brilliant game. Jaws dropped at her major wickets, taking 5 in all which included batters like Shamima Sultana, Sobhana Mostary, Fargana Hoque and Sultana Khatun.
Inoka Ranaweera played at an impressive economy and the two bowlers along with others, led the team to an impressive win against Bangladesh. The bowlers were not only able to defend the score but also pick all batters down for a total score of 128 and won the game by a huge margin of 58 runs.
What an incredible start to the series for the hosts. Although game played its folly, the game was carried forward well by the Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka 186/5 (Chamari Attapathu 64 (60), Harshitha Samawickrama 45 (48), Sultana Khatun 1/22) won against Bangladesh 128/10 (Nigar Sultana 37 (51), Oshadi Ranasinghe 5/34, Chamari Attapathu 1/12) by 58 runs.