Bangladesh recorded their maiden win over Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka on Thursday night in what was a rain-affected final ODI at Pallekele. Set to chase a big target of 303, Bangladesh got off to a superb start between Mohammad Ashraful and Anamul Haque who put on 77 in 12.5 overs.
The second ODI between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at Hambantota was washed out due to persistent rain for about four hours. Five overs were bowled in the match after Bangladesh had asked Sri Lanka to bat first.
After the highs of Galle, Bangladesh disappointed at Colombo, losing the Test by seven wickets as the Sri Lankans got home to a hard-fought series win. A lot was expected of the visitors after thedefiant manner in which they fought at Galle to keep Sri Lanka to a draw.
Considering how long he has been playing international cricket it is difficult to believe that Bangladeshi batsman Mohammad Ashraful is only 28. Making his test debut as a precocious boy of 17 in 2001, he defied the wiles of the marauding Muttiah Muralitharan and took Sri Lanka for a fearless 114.