Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara
26 Feb, 2015 | 4:45 pm
Sri Lanka entered the Group A clash against Bangladesh on the heels of their victory against Afghanistan. Scores of Sri Lanka supporters gathered at the MCG to watch their heroes take to the field.
Sri Lanka who won the toss couldn’t have asked for a better start. Openers Lahiru Thirimanne and T.M. Dilshan put on 122 runs for the first wicket.
Thirimanne who scored a half century was the first to fall as he was caught in the deep off a Rubel Hossain delivery.
This brought Kumar Sangakkara to the middle, this is incidentally his 400 th ODI outing. Only three others have surpassed this mark (Tendulkar, Jayasuriya, Jayawardene)
Together the pair set about decimating the Bengal bowling attack. Dilshan quickly went on to score his 3rd world cup century, equaling the most number of centuries by a Sri Lanka opener in World cups.
Dilshan went on to surpass the 150 run mark as well. Sangakkara was not far off as he recorded his 22nd ODI century on Thursday.
Sri Lanka ended up with 332 runs in their allotted 50 overs with Sangakkara not out on 105 and Dilshan unbeaten on 161.
Incidentally Dilshan allowed him to eclipse the previous record for highest score by a Sri Lanka batsman in World Cup match. The record was earlier held by Aravinda de Silva (144 vs Kenya, in 1996).
Chasing 333 for victory, Bangladesh got off to a disastrous start loosing opener Tamim Iqbal for a duck.
Soumya Sarkar managed to score 25 runs before being caught behind off the bowling of Mathews. Bangladesh lost 4 more wickets in quick sucession before reaching the 100 run mark.
The experience pair of Shakib Al Hassan and Mushfiqur Rahim put on 64 run stand for the 6th wicket and troubled the Sri Lankan bowlers. Shakib who was on the verge of scoring another ODI half century was dismissed for 46 by T.M. Dilshan.
Despite a late charge by Sabbir Rahman who managed to score 53 runs Bangladesh only managed to score 240 runs before being bowled out in 47 overs. Lasith Malinga bagged 3 wickets while Suranga Lakmal and T.M. Dilshan claimed 2 wickets each.
T.M. Dilshan walked away with the man of the match award.
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