ICC World Cup: Dilshan, Sangakkara power Sri Lanka to 92-run win over Bangladesh
Electing to bat, Sri Lanka posted a mammoth 332 for the loss of one wicket against Bangladesh in the Pool A match of the cricket World Cup, here today
Melbourne: Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara, playing in his 400th ODI, hit strokeful centuries to power Sri Lanka to a comfortable 92-run victory over Bangladesh in a Group A match of the cricket World Cup here today.
Electing to bat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Sri Lanka rode on Dilshan's 161 and Sangakkara's 105 to notch up a formidable 332 for one in the stipulated 50 overs.
The islanders, winner of the 1996 edition, then bowled out Bangladesh for 240 in 47 overs to register their second win in three matches. They had lost to New Zealand in the their tournament opener but regrouped to beat Afghanistan before today's result.
Dilshan plays a shot. Pic/ AFP
Sangakkara became the fourth cricketer to appear in 400 ODIs.
After Dilshan and Sangakkara laid a solid foundation with a 210-run unbeaten partnership for the second wicket, experienced pace spearhead Lasith Malinga (3/35) led the bowling unit admirably to complete an all-round display by the runner-up of the previous tournament.
Chasing a stiff target, Bangladesh, who have so far failed to make an impression in the mega-event, never looked in the hunt as they lost wickets at regular intervals.
Aggressive opener Tamim Iqbal was out for a duck and Mominul Haque made one run to leave the Asian minnows reeling at 41 for three.
Anamul Haque (29), Soumya Sarkar (25 off a mere 15 balls with the help of five boundaries) and Mahmudullah (28) all got starts but could not convert into big scores.
Lower-order batsman Sabbir Rahman was the top-scorer for Bangladesh with a knock of 53 off 62 balls (7x4), while all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan contributed a 59-ball 46 with the help of four boundaries and a six before the Lankan bowlers ran through the tail.
Besides Malinga, Dilshan and Suranga Lakmal picked up two wickets apiece, while there was one apiece for skipper Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera.
Sri Laka 332/1 (Lahiru Thirimanne 52, Tillakaratne Dilshan 161 not out, Kumar Sangakkara 105 not out). Bangladesh 240 all out (Shakib Al Hasan 46; Lasith Malinga 3/35).
Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara became only the fourth cricketer to play 400 one-day internationals when he was selected for the World Cup match against Bangladesh at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.
The 37-year-old joins two Sri Lankans -- Sanath Jayasuriya (445) and current team-mate Mahela Jayawardene (444) -- in a list headed by Sachin Tendulkar of India, who played 463 ODI matches.
Sangakkara, the prolific left-handed batsman and wicketkeeper who made his debut in 2000, is due to retire from one-day cricket, along with Jayawardene, after the World Cup.