Sri Lanka Cricket Team won the Rocket Tri-Nations ODI series held in Bangladesh. This win is particulary important for Sri Lanka since they have been in a run of defeats for past few years with no series win over last four years. Further, this is the first series under the newly appointed coach Chandika Hathurusinghe.
Sri Lanka did not start the series well. Their first two matches against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh ended in loss. The rise was after their third game in the series. Sri Lanka defeated Zimbabwe when they met them for the second time in the series. Then again, they had a comprehensive win over Bangladesh, tournament favorite, by limiting them just for 82 runs. Sri Lanka passed that score without losig a wicket.
Sri Lankan permanent captain Angelo Mathews had an injury in the first part of the tournament and vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal lead the team. Also the star batsman Kusal Perera was not available due to an injury.
Batting first Sri Lanka scored only 221 runs in their allocated fifty overs. However, it was adequate to defend in the difficult pitch; Bangladesh players were all out for 142 runs in 41.1 overs.
Upul Tharanga was the man of the match in the final and Thisara Perera was named man of the series for his all-round performances.
Here is the full highlight video of the final match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
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