Experienced Heads Shine in Big Win for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka celebrated Kumar Sangakkarra’s 400th One-Day International match with a big 92-run win over Bangladesh last night at the MCG.

Source: Quinn Rooney/ Getty Images

Source: Quinn Rooney/ Getty Images

After an indifferent start to their campaign, Sri Lanka looked the talent packed outfit that many know them to be as they dominated from start to finish.

 

Batting first, Sri Lanka got off to a dream start with Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lahiru Thirimanne combining for a 122 run opening partnership.

 

But the fun was only just getting started for the 30,000 strong MCG crowd, as Kumar Sangakkarra strolled to the crease in his 400th One-Day International match and began blasting the hapless Bangladesh attack to all parts of the ground.

 

Sangakarra finished 105 not out to add another century to his growing legacy, but Dilshan was the real star of the show scoring 161 not out as his team finished with a mammoth score of 1/332 from their 50 overs.

 

While many of their batsmen got starts, Bangladesh never looked a chance during their run chase.

 

As well as making a big century, Dilshan took two wickets to show that world that despite the fact he is getting towards the end of his career, he is still a very dangerous all-round cricketer.

 

Sabbir Rahman was the best for Bangladesh with the bat, scoring 53 before being removed by Lasith Malinga who cleaned up the tail on the way to bowling Bangladesh out for 240 in the 47th over.

 

The win consolidates Sri Lanka’s chances of qualifying for the quarter finals from Pool A, while Bangladesh will need something special from their last few games to progress to the knockout stages.

 

Written by: Joe Schwab @Meadowswidget

 

 

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