The win meant that Sri Lanka made a clean sweep of the series 5-0, the first time they have ever achieved the feat at this level of cricket in a bilateral series. Sri Lanka won the first ODI by 42 runs, the second by one run, the third by three wickets and the fourth by one wicket.
Chasing a target of 241, Bangladesh seemed on course to record their first win of the series at 223-4. At that stage Bangladesh required 18 off 17 balls with six wickets in hand. But once again they made a complete hash of it and threw away a golden opportunity as they lost their last six wickets for 13 runs to be all out for 236.