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SL vs BAN – Janith Liyanage – “We never expected there to be so much dew”

Sri Lanka had Bangladesh at 92 for 4, after 256 in the first ODI. But then the dew set in and the bowlers found it difficult to penetrate. It was what versatile Janith Liyanage felt, after bowling five overs himself.

Late in the match, Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mushfiqur Rahim took a match-winning fifth wicket stand of 165 runs, while Shanto finished with 122 not out and Musfhiqur 73 not out.

Towards the end of the game, however, the outfield was essentially soaked. Sri Lanka did not take a wicket after the 16th over. Their bowlers were clearly struggling to deal with the amount of moisture on the ball.

“We were leading at that point, 92 for 4,” Liyanage said after the match. “We thought we had a very good chance of winning the match. But when the dew came in, it was very difficult for the bowlers to grip the ball. But they batted very well.

“Credit to the Bangladesh team for the way they batted. Shanto bowled extremely well and of course Mushfiqur bhai also very well played.”

Sri Lanka, however, had won the toss and elected to bat, although the T20Is in Sylhet were affected by dew. “We didn't expect there to be so much dew,” was Liyanage's reason for batting first.

It is also understood that the dew surprised almost everyone. There was no noticeable dew during the last few evenings in Chattogram, nor was there much dew during the BPL.

There may have been a change in weather over the past few days across Bangladesh as storm season may be near.

Although the dew made Sri Lanka's 255 difficult to defend, Liyanage admitted that it was too light a total, especially after their opening overs went to 71 in 10 overs.

“We got off to a very good start. Our opening batsmen bowled very well. But after that, Bangladesh took three quick wickets. Then we had to rebuild.

“With the start we got, we could have done 300 runs today. We were a little disappointed about that.”

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