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Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh: Sri Lanka Off To A Flying Start

By on January 4, 2010

Sri Lanka 261 for 3 (Dilshan 104, Sangakkara 74) beat for Bangladesh 260 for 7 (Ashraful 75, Mahmudullah 45) by seven wickets…

Sri Lanka scored an easy seven-wicket win over Bangladesh at Dhaka to start their tri-series campaign on a high note.

Kumar Sangakkara made a quick-fire 74 before losing his wicket to Shafiul Islam in Sri Lanka’s reply to Bangladesh’s 260/7.

Rubel Hossain gave Bangladesh an early breakthrough when he packed off Upul Tharanga cheaply.

Sangakkara then edged Shafiul’s delivery to head back as Mushfiqur Rahim made no mistake behind the stumps.

Dilshan departed soon after making his century, losing his wicket to Mahmudullah.

Nuwan Kulasekara accounted for the first Bangladesh wicket in the first one-dayer of the tri-series when he snapped up Imrul Kayes.

Tamim Iqbal followed in the veru next over. Suranga Lakmal caught him off Tillakaratne Dilshan.

Lakmal then packed off Raquibul Hasan as Samaraweera took the catch.

Skipper Shakib Al Hasan also could not contribute much as Lakmal made him play it to Chanaka Welegedara’s hands.

Suraj Randiv then dismissed Mushfiqur Rahim to claim the fifth wicket.

Mahmudullah and Mohammad Ashraful lost their wickets in two consecutive overs. Randiv accounted for the former and Ashraful got run out.

Sri Lanka would look to bounce back from the ODI series loss against India last year by making their mark in the tri-series involving Bangladesh and India.

Meanwhile, hosts Bangladesh won all their one-day series last year.

Also, currently the number one Test team, India can become the top ODI side as well.

But that will happen provided they win all their tri-series matches in Bangladesh and Pakistan comprehensively beat Australia in the five-match contest Down Under.

India, which is already in possession of the coveted mace for being the number one-ranked Test side, figure second in the ICC ODI ranking with 123 points, while Australia top the list with 130 points.

The teams:

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Ashraful, Raquibul Hassan, Shakib Al Hasan (C), Mushfiqur Rahim (W), Mahmudullah, Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (C) (W), Chamara Silva, Thilan Samaraweera, Thilina Kandamby, Muthumudalige Pushpakumara, Suraj Randiv, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Kulasekara, Chanaka Welegedara

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