Kusal Mendis dropped for T20I series against Bangladesh

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Kusal Mendis dropped for T20I series against Bangladesh

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza was on Sunday suspended for a match and fined 40 per cent of his match fee, while his players have been fined 20 per cent of their match fees, for maintaining a slow over-rate during the third ODI against Sri Lanka.

After the three-match ODI series with Sri Lanka finished 1-1, Mashrafe is free to face the same opponents in their two Twenty20 clashes, the first of which is on Tuesday.

Spinner Mehedi Hasan broke the stand as Gunathilaka gave a catch to Mahmudullah after making 34 runs off 38 balls. The target of 281 started to look very big as Bangladesh were reduced to 11/3 with Kulasekara and Lakmal bowling splendidly well in the beginning.

Bangladesh slumped to 11-3 early in their reply and were all out for 210 despite half-centuries from Shakib Al Hasan (54) and Mehedi Hasan (51), with paceman Kulasekara taking 4-37 to seal Sri Lanka's first ODI win since last November.

Thisara was adjudged the Man of the Match and Kusal Mendis was named Man of the Series.

But it was the failure in the third match against a slightly moving ball that will make it seem that under more swinging conditions under lights in Dambulla, Bangladesh could not have chased successfully, and so make Sri Lanka the moral victors of the shared series. "280 was definitely chaseable", Bangladesh skipper Mortaza said in the presentation ceremony.

Thisara Perera has been recalled to the squad on the back of some solid displays in the ODI series where he recorded two fifties although he misfired with the ball failing to take a wicket and copping some punishment.

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