Sri Lanka too strong for Bangladesh


Published: Thursday 26th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Kumar Sangakkara hit his fastest century on his 400th one-day international appearance but had to play second fiddle to Tillakaratane Dilshan as Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 92 runs in their World Cup match in Melbourne.

The pair put on an unbeaten 210, with Dilshan recording his highest ODI score of 161 and Sangakkara adding 105 in 76 balls – his ton coming off just 73 balls – as Sri Lanka posted 332 for one.

Sabbir Rahman scored 53 in reply but wickets fell at regular intervals and Bangladesh were never close to a successful chase as they were bowled out for 240.

Lahiru Thirimanne was given a life in the first over as Anamul Haque spilled him fourth ball and it would not be the first time the opener rode his luck.

The 25-year-old was taking most of the strike and Bangladesh’s bowlers kept finding the edge but a combination of poor decision-making in the slips and bad luck prevented them from snaring him in the early stages.

Thirimanne had been seeing most of the action, but it was Dilshan who reached his fifty first off 59 balls as he plundered 12 off the 21st over.

Thirimanne survived another scare when Mushfiqur Rahim missed a stumping, which made his half-century – coming off 74 deliveries two overs later – all the more galling for Bangladesh.

But he was gone in the next, Taskin Ahmed taking the catch off Rubel Hossain to end the opening stand on 122 and bring Sangakkara to the crease.

Taskin dropped him on 23 and at the other end Dilshan was moving through the gears as he brought up his ton in the 41st over off 115 balls.

Sangakkara was then dropped again, this time by Mominul Haque, and that prompted the Sri Lankan onslaught with 115 runs being added in the last 10 overs.

Sangakkara notched his century from the first ball of the final over, with Dilshan amassing his mammoth score off just 146 balls.

Bangladesh’s reply got off to a terrible start as Lasith Malinga bowled Tamim Iqbal for a duck with just the second ball of the innings.

Dilshan put down Anamul in the next over but wickets were not long in coming as Angelo Mathews prised an edge behind from Soumya Sarkar for 25 and Mominul followed in the next over, caught by Mahela Jayawardene off Suranga Lakmal.

Mahmudullah and Anamul then put on 43 for the fourth wicket before the latter was run out by a direct hit from Mathews and, when Mahmudullah was caught by Rangana Herath off Thisara Perera, the score was 100 for five.

That brought Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur together and the experienced duo added 64, with Malinga spilling a chance to get the wicketkeeper in the 32nd over.

But Shakib was gone just four balls later, launching Malinga to Dilshan at long-on to end his 59-ball stay.

Mushfiqur enjoyed another useful partnership of 44 with Rahman but, when he was bowled by Lakmal for 36 with less than 10 overs remaining, it was clear Bangladesh would fall short.

Mashrafe Mortaza (seven) was stumped off Dilshan, while Rahman, after reaching his fifty off 60 balls, gloved Malinga to Sangakkara, and Taskin was lbw next ball.

Published: Thursday 26th February 2015 by The News Editor

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