Kusal Mendis, the opener, hit a blazing half-century as Sri Lanka thrashed Bangladesh by 75 runs in the second Twenty20 International to complete a 2-0 series sweep on Sunday (February 18).
Sri Lanka rode on Mendis’s 70 off 42 deliveries to post 210 for 4, and then bowled out the hosts for 135.
Mahmudullah Riyad, the captain, top-scored for Bangladesh with 41 before being run out, with Tamim Iqbal making the only other meaningful contribution with 29.
Shehan Madushanka, the paceman who left the field with an injured hamstring after bowling just 2.1 overs, and Danushka Gunathilaka, the opener and offspinner, claimed two wickets each.
“We had a really bad couple of years. I think now players are getting some confidence,” said Dinesh Chandimal, the Sri Lankan captain. “That’s the main thing.
“Hope the boys do their best moving forward — we have a really good combination of youngsters and seniors.”
Mendis who once again stood out for the visitors with his second successive fifty of the series, as his 98-run stand with Gunathilaka gave Sri Lanka a solid start after being put into bat first.
Mendis, who was named both man of the match and series, hit six fours and three sixes in reaching his T20I career-best score, taking the attack to the opposition while Gunathilaka at the other end made a brisk 42.
Bangladesh dropped Gunathilaka twice, on 15 and 28, and had to wait until the 11th over for their first success in the game.
Thisara Perera, pushed up to No. 3, chipped in with a quick-fire 31. Upul Tharanga then hit 25, and Dasun Shanaka smashed an unbeaten 30 off 11 balls, to lift the score past the 200-run mark.
In reply, Bangladesh lost three early wickets for just 22 runs and never caught up with the ever-increasing required run-rate.
Apart from Tamim and Mahmudullah, Mohammad Saifuddin and Mahedi Hasan were the only other batsmen to manage double figures for the hosts, who were all out after 18.4 overs.
“You need to have partnerships when you are chasing 200-plus,” said Mahmudullah. “You must have at least 60 to 75 runs in the Power Play. But today we succumbed to scoreboard pressure. I am feeling quite disappointed.”
Sri Lanka also won the preceding tri-nation One-Day International tournament and a two-Test series by 1-0 in their successful month-long tour.