Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara gave Bangladesh a lot to ponder over their strategy as well-compiled hundreds from both of them helped Sri Lanka thrash Mashrafe Mortaza lead Bangladesh side by 92 runs at the MCG.
Chasing a massive target of 333, Lasith Malinga struck early to get rid off Tamim Iqbal for a duck. Anamul Haque and Soumya Sarkar launched a counter attack before the latter lost his wicket to Angelo Mathews. Sarkar scored 25 off just 15 balls with 5 fours. Haque, Mahmudullah and Mominul Haque then got out in a span of 60 runs to leave Bangladesh reeling at 100/5 in 21 overs. All-Rounder Shakib Al Hasan and wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim looked to take the game away from Sri Lanka before Dilshan dismissed the dangerous Shakib caught by Malinga at Long On. Sabbir Rahman provided the late surge but it was all too late for Bangladesh and they were reduced to 240 all out in 47 overs. Malinga was the pick of the Sri Lanka’s bowlers with the figures of 3-35.
Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka got off to a stupendous start as their openers Lahiru Thirimanne and Dilshan added 122 runs for the first wicket before Thirimanne got out Rubel Hossain on the score of 52. Dilshan then along with Sangakkara batted with flair as the duo dispatched the Bangladesh bowlers all over the park to bring up their hundred’s. Both remained unbeaten till the end of the innings and put on 210 runs for the second wicket. Dilshan scored 161 whereas Sangakkara, who played his 400th ODI today, scored 105 off just 76 balls. This was Sangakkara’s 22 ODI hundred.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 332/1 (Dilshan 161*, Sangakkara 105) defeated Bangladesh 240 (Rahman 53, Malinga 3-35, Dilshan 2-35) by 92 runs
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