Sri Lanka's Nuwan Kulasekara and Ajantha Mendis claimed three wickets each to bowl Bangladesh out for a meager 152 in Friday's final of a three-nation limited-overs internationals series at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. The hosts looked at risk of a two-figure score when they slumped to 54-5, but Raqibal Hasan's unbeaten 43 provided the basis for decent sixth and seventh-wicket partnerships that gave the Bangladesh bowlers something to defend.
Junaid Siddique (1) was the first victim of the day as he poked forward at a delivery off Kulasekara but got a thick outside edge to wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara who took a one-handed catch in front of first slip.
Kulasekara also claimed Tamim Iqbal (18) and Mushfiqur Rahim (4) as the hosts struggled against Sri Lanka's tight bowling. Mendis removed Naeem Islam (21), Mashrafe bin Mortaza (0) and tailender Rubel Hossain (0).
Hasan and Mahmudullah Riyad tried to salvage Bangladesh after the initial collapse, moving the score to 98 before Riyad (26) was bowled by spinner Muttiah Muralitharan. Muralitharan then had Nazmul Hossain (0) lbw.
The strong bowling performance came after Sri Lanka won the toss and sent Bangladesh in to bat.
Both sides made one change each for the final: Bangladesh included paceman Nazmul Hossain in place of Mahbubul Alam while Sri Lanka recalled Maharoof to replace Angelo Mathews. The series also involved Zimbabwe.