8.45pm That is that. The second ODI has been abandoned in Dambulla. The result now means Bangladesh can't lose the series from here. Sri Lanka can't win the series from here. Sri Lanka, though, can square the series by winning at the SSC. Bangladesh still have a chance to secure their first bilateral ODI series away from home in eight years. That is all we have for you from this game. Do come back for the third ODI on Saturday. Hope the weather is brighter at your end. Goodbye and good night for now.

8.40pm Argh! Proper rain again in Dambulla.

8.15pm Better news from Dambulla. The rain has reduced to a light drizzle.

Rezwan: "4 years back, on 28th March, 2013, the situation was quite similar. SL lost to Bangladesh via D/L method after scoring 300+." --- What a coincidence!

7.45pm It is raining heavily now in Dambulla. 10pm is the official cut-off time.

shashank: "SL have toiled hard to compile 311, rain, please don't spoil Tharanga's 200th ODI."

DanielAlexander: "Do we have reserve day for this ODI series? " --- Nope, no reserve days

7.30pm HRahman: "What's the update Muthu? Starting anytime soon?" --- Still raining in Dambulla. Overs might be docked from 7.50pm

6.50pm It is raining in Dambulla, and the covers are on. The entire ground is being covered.

6.25pm Taskin becomes the fifth Bangladesh player, after Shahadat Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain and Taijul Islam, to pick up a hat-trick in ODI cricket, but no target of over 300 has been successfully chased down in Sri Lanka. Upul Tharanga, playing his 200th ODI, set it up for the hosts with a fine fifty. Mendis, meanwhile, overcame a scratchy start and sprinted to his maiden ODI hundred. Asela's sparkling cameo then took the team past 300. Be back soon for the chase.

mgHabib: "@TheCommentator: "......chased a target of over 300 in Sri Lanka." - there is always a first time, bud; and who knows this could be the day!!"

Gimhana: "@dawolf, only of the frontline bowlers in this "weak bowling line up" played a few days ago, and Dilruwan is the most experienced spinner in SL's ODI side. SL still firm favorites."

dawolf: "It's an imposing total and 300 has never been chased down in Sri Lanka, but Bangladesh are far from out of this. This is a weak Sri Lankan bowling lineup that Bangladesh comfortably put to the sword just days ago, and an easy pitch where all the proper batsmen managed to get some runs. Much will depend on how the new ball behaves under lights. If Bangladesh can get through the powerplay unscathed I think they have a decent chance here."

Mube: "6 wickets in last 5 overs. That's a collapse but SL have enough."

Taskin Ahmed to Pradeep, OUT, Taskin does it. He does a Steve Finn or a Shane Bond. He claims a last-over hat-trick, pulls off a spread-eagled celebration, and sets off on a sprint. Pinpoint yorker, ripping inswinging yorker at 141ks, squeezes under the bat and clatters middle and off. Six wickets in the last five overs

N Pradeep b Taskin Ahmed 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

One Nuawan joins another

Taskin Ahmed to Lakmal, OUT, two wickets in two balls. Taskin is on a hat-trick. This is an innocuous full-toss on middle, Lakmal swats or rather flaps it away in the air, midwicket dives full-length to his left and grabs a smart, two-handed catch

RAS Lakmal c Mustafizur Rahman b Taskin Ahmed 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Taskin Ahmed to Gunaratne, OUT, Asela holes out to mid-off. Really full and outside off, Asela drives it in the air. Mid-off is inside the circle, Sarkar times his jump well and holds onto a overhead catch

DAS Gunaratne c Soumya Sarkar b Taskin Ahmed 39 (61m 28b 4x4 1x6) SR: 139.28

Oh dear, there is a dog on the field. Who let the dog out? Mehedi looks to chase it away with his cap. The dog has finally left the field

Taskin Ahmed to Gunaratne, FOUR runs, leg-stump full-toss, swatted square of fine leg for a boundary. This is a sparkling cameo from Asela

Sri Lanka 1st innings Partnerships

1st18WU TharangaMD Gunathilaka
2nd111WU TharangaBKG Mendis
3rd83LD ChandimalBKG Mendis
4th4DAS GunaratneBKG Mendis
5th55TAM SiriwardanaDAS Gunaratne
6th9NLTC PereraDAS Gunaratne
7th20MDK PereraDAS Gunaratne
8th11KMDN KulasekaraDAS Gunaratne
9th0KMDN KulasekaraRAS Lakmal
10th0KMDN KulasekaraN Pradeep