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Cricket is a cruel game, or is it not? Sri Lanka, who at the beginning were rated as the favorites for the Asia Cup couldn’t even manage a single victory by the end of it.
Earlier in the morning, Mushfiqur Rahim decided to bowl first after winning the all-important toss. Mahela and Dilshan walked out to open the innings, on the other hands Mashrafe and Nazamul began the proceeding with the ball.
Didn’t take too long before Sri Lanka’s big three were back in the dressing room already. Lankan batting pillars (Mahela, Sangakkara, Dilshan) batted really casually and got out to some pretty ordinary deliveries.
Three quick wickets earlier on in the innings dented Sri Lankan hopes to get off to a flying start. As expected, a relatively inexperienced middle order couldn’t have propelled right away. Both Thrimanne and Kapugedra took their time to steady the things. After putting on a 88 runs stand of 136 balls, the pair uncoupled when Thrimanne was finally dismissed in an unfortunate fashion.
Pakistan will face Bangladesh at Chittagong Stadium for third and the final ODI of the series. Pakistan mesmerized Bangladesh in both previous ODIs as well as the one off T20 game. Though this is a dead rubber now, but Pakistan (who are looking for an improved ranking) will try their best to win the last game too. Considering the fact that Bangladesh have failed to cause any headaches for Pakistan, it’s likely that Pakistan will provide an opportunity to those, sitting out on the bench.