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Shehan Madushanka’s debut hat-trick helps Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh, clinch tri-series title

Shehan Madushanka took a hat-trick on his debut as Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by 79 runs to win the tri-nation series (involving Zimbabwe).

cricket Updated: Jan 27, 2018 20:41 IST
By Matthew Scott
By Matthew Scott
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka,Shehan Madushanka,Shakib Al Hasan
Shehan Madushanka took a hat-trick on his debut while Dushmantha Chameera and Akila Dananjaya took two wickets each as Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 79 runs to win the tri-nation series. (AP)

Sri Lanka overcame their recent one-day woes to win the tri-series final against Bangladesh thanks to a hat-trick on debut from Shehan Madushanka, though the Tigers’ concerns will immediately turn to the injury suffered by Shakib Al Hasan. (SCORES)

Star all-rounder Shakib suffered an injury to the little finger on his left hand while fielding in Saturday’s match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium and will subsequently miss the first Test between these sides, scheduled to start on January 31 in Chittagong.

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Next week’s fixture was supposed to be Shakib’s first as captain since 2011 after he was returned to the role at the expense of Mushfiqur Rahim. Vice-captain Mahmudullah now appears set to lead the Tigers in the first Test.

Mahmudullah played the leading role for his side on Saturday with the bat, but his 76 was never likely to be a winning knock as the Tigers capitulated to 142 all out, chasing 222 for victory.

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Upul Tharanga (56), Niroshan Dickwella (42) and Dinesh Chandimal (45) shared the load for Sri Lanka, and Madushanka wrapped up the victory with a spectacular hat-trick, helping to end his side’s torrid time in the 50-over format.

Sri Lanka lost 23 of their 29 ODIs in 2017 and were also defeated in their first two matches of this competition, by Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

However, a five-wicket win over Zimbabwe snapped their losing run and they have ended up with the title, with sights now set on defeating the same opposition in a two-Test series.

First Published: Jan 27, 2018 20:40 IST