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Taskin Ahmed hattrick halts Sri Lanka run spree vs Bangladesh in Dambulla ODI

Taskin Ahmed took a dramatic hattrick in the 50th over of the Sri Lankan innings during the second ODI in Dambulla. Bangladesh lead the three-match series 1-0.

cricket Updated: Mar 29, 2017 00:14 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Taskin Ahmed celebrates after dismissing Nuwan Pradeep during the second one day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Dambulla on Tuesday. Taskin Ahmed finished with four wickets, including a hattrick(AFP)

Taskin Ahmed finished with a four-wicket haul, including a hattrick, as Sri Lanka were all out for 311 in 49.5 overs in the second One-Day International in Dambulla today. (LIVE SCORECARD)

However, heavy rain washed out the match on Tuesday. Bangladesh could not start their innings due to rain after bowling out Sri Lanka thanks to Taskin Ahmed.

The burly pacer, who took four wickets for 47, became the fifth Bangladesh cricketer to pick a hattrick in ODI cricket. Shahadat Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain and Taijul Islam have taken hattricks for the Bangla Tigers.

Taskin Ahmed’s torrid spell knocked out the Sri Lankan tail after Kusal Mendis slammed his maiden ODI century as the hosts won the toss and decided to bat.

Taskin Ahmed knocked out Asela Gunaratne, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep of successive deliveries to stop a torrent of runs from the Sri Lankan batsmen. Gunaratne was particularly aggressive with a 28-ball 39.

The 21-year old Taskin Ahmed’s hat trick was also the 41st in 3856 ODIs.

Hattrick history

Lasith Malinga has three hat tricks while Pakistan’s Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq and Sri Lanka’s Chaminda Vaas are the three bowlers with multiple hattricks to their names.

Pakistan’s Jalaluddin, Aaqib Javed, Waqar Younis and Mohammed Sami, Australian Bruce Reid, Anthony Stuart, Brett Lee, Daniel Christian and Clint MCkay and James Faulkner, India’s Chetan Sharma and Kapil Dev, England’s James Anderson, Steve Harmison, Steven Finn and Andrew Flintoff, New Zealand’s Danny Morrison and Shane Bond, Zimbabwean Eddo Brandes and Prosper Utseya, South African Charl Langeveldt, Jean-Paul Duminy and Kagiso Rabada, West Indian Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach and Sri Lankan Farveez Maharoof and Thisara Perera are the other bowlers with one hattrick in ODIs.

Tharanga landmark

Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga, playing his 200th ODI, won the toss and elected to bat. Bangladesh, who are seeking victory in the three-match series after winning Saturday’s opener by 90 runs, fielded an unchanged squad.

Sri Lanka made three changes, bringing in Nuwan Kulasekara, Nuwan Pradeep and Dilruwan Perera for Sachith Pathiranam, Lahiru Kumara and Lakshan Sandakan.

The tourists lead 1-0 going into Tuesday’s contest at Dambulla and know that victory would secure their third ever series win away from Bangladeshi soil.

Bangladesh dominated Sri Lanka with bat and ball during the opening game Saturday of the three-match series to clinch a crushing 90-run win against their more illustrious opponents.

A win on Tuesday would see them take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

(With inputs from S Pervez Qaiser)

First Published: Mar 28, 2017 19:05 IST