Sri Lanka’s Kulasekara, Mendis restrict Bangladesh

DHAKA, January 16, 2009 (AFP) – Nuwan Kulasekara and Ajantha Mendis grabbed three wickets apiece as Sri Lanka dismissed Bangladesh for 152 in the triangular one-day series final here on Friday. Fast bowler Kulasekara picked three of the first five wickets in a lively opening spell to send Bangladesh reeling at 54-5 in the 19th over.

His victims were openers Tamim Iqbal and Junaid Siddique, and Mushfiqur Rahim.

The hosts never looked like posting a challenging total after the early blows and lost their last four wickets for just one run, with unorthodox spinner Mendis claiming three to finish with 3-24.

Raqibul Hasan top-scored with a fighting 43 in his team’s below-par batting performance. He added 53 for the seventh wicket with Naeem Islam (21), the highest stand of the innings.

Mohammad Mahmudullah was the other main run-getter with 26, which included a hooked six off seamer Farveez Maharoof.

Bangladesh, who recorded a surprise five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka on Wednesday to edge out Zimbabwe for a place in the final, were clueless against pace in early overs after being put in to bat.

Seamers Thilan Thushara and Maharoof also kept pressure on the