Visiting Bangladesh A leveled the three-match
series against second string Sri Lankan side with a nervy one-wicket victory
in the second game at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Thursday.
After losing the first game by seven wickets, this was a must-win game for
the second string Bangladesh side, who held the nerve in the nerve-wrecking
moment to seal the deal in the last ball of the innings.
Being sent to bat first, Sri Lanka A was restricted to 226-9 with Kamindu
Mendis top-scoring with 61. Priyamal Perera was the other notable scorer with
Fast bowlers-Abu Haider Rony and Ebadat Hossain and left-arm spinner
Sunjamul Islam grabbed two wickets apiece for Bangladesh A.
The hosts clawed back into the game after Bangladesh A made a decent start
thanks to opener Mohammad Naim and captain Mohammad Mithun, who both struck
half-century to keep the side on course.
Naim hammered nine boundaries to make 59 ball-68 while Mithun hit 52 off
87. But their dismissal in a short space sparked the collapse as Bangladesh
lost wickets at regular interval to be left needing 9 runs in last over with
two wickets at hands.
Sunzamul Islam held the nerve and scored 11 including a crucial boundary
in the dramatic last over. However Sri Lanka still got a glimmer of hope when
they took out Ebadat Hossain in the fifth ball of the last over, leaving
Bangladesh a need of one run in last ball. Sunzamul however scored the
winning run to help the side reach 227-9 and kept the series alive.
The third and series deciding match between the two sides is on October
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)