Sri Lanka's bowlers have dominated Bangladesh before their openers made light work of the chase to secure a 10-wicket win in their tri-nation one-day global match.
Sri Lanka will be confident and reinvigorated when they take on Bangladesh in the triangular One-Day International series final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Saturday (January 27).
Lakmal was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Chameera, Thisara and Lakshan Sandakan chipped in with two wickets apiece.
In the chase, Sri Lanka looked in no trouble with Danushka Gunathilaka (35 not out) and Upul Tharanga (39 not out) dominating the proceedings as they completed the chase in just 11.5 overs with all 10 wickets in hand.
With Sri Lanka slicing through the tailenders, Bangladesh were skittled out for 82, their ninth-lowest score in ODI history.More news: Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario to seal West Ham loan
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The cricket board picked up an uncapped 17-year-old right arm off-spinner, Nayeem Hasan, who is now playing in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. "The last two wins are very helpful for us, especially our confidence will get higher now", Gunathilaka said.
It was the first time in 3 1/2 years that Bangladesh was dismissed below 100, having been bowled out for 70 against West Indies in 2014. "It is tough to comment and go into the details of this performance".
"We have to think in the same vein as we did when we won our three matches and play positively", said Mortaza. Suranga Lakmal made short work of Anamul Haque, the opener falling for a duck after dragging on to a wide and full delivery, and within five overs Bangladesh found themselves three wickets down, with key players Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan back in the hutch. "Maybe it was a good wake-up call before the final".
Middle-order batsman Mosaddek Hossain and pace bowler Kamrul Islam were recalled to the side, as was Shakib Al Hasan. Imrul Kayes, who was part of the 16-man squad for the first two matches, has been included in Bangladesh's line-up for the final.