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Sri Lanka VS Bangladesh 332 for one in the World Cup 2015

Sri Lanka VS Bangladesh 332 for one in the World Cup 2015

MELBOURNE: Kumar Sangakkara hit 105 not out in his 400th one-dayer and Tillakaratne Dilshan made an unbeaten 161 as Sri Lanka punished Bangladesh’s butter-fingered display to pile up 332 for one in the World Cup on Thursday.

Sri Lanka, who were dismissed for 233 by New Zealand and then struggled to chase down Afghanistan’s 232, finally came good with the bat after electing to take first strike.

Sri Lanka VS Bangladesh 332 for one in the World Cup 2015
Sri Lanka VS Bangladesh 332 for one in the World Cup 2015

The Islanders were helped along by a shoddy fielding display by Bangladesh, whose maiden appearance at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground was marred by five missed chances.

Dilshan put on 122 for the first wicket with Lahiru Thirimanne (52) and an undefeated 210 for the second with Sangakkara, who hit 13 boundaries and a six in his 22nd one-day century.

Dilshan’s 17th one-day ton contained 22 fours as he anchored the innings to carry his bat in front of some 25,000 jubilant Sri Lankan fans.

Left-handed Thirimanne survived three missed chances in his half-century which followed his 65 in the tournament opener against New Zealand.

Anamul Haque spilled a waist-high catch in the first over off Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who then had an edge go past the wicketkeeper and first slip when Thirimanne was on 22.

The batsman moved to 44 when Mushfiqur Rahim missed a stumping off Sabbir Rahman, but Thirimanne’s luck ran out as an airy cut off seamer Rubel Hossain was snapped up by third man.

Sangakkara had made only 23 when he lobbed a short ball from Taskin Ahmed, but the ball spilled out of the bowler’s hand as he dived forward to hold the catch.

Sangakkara completed his 94th one-day 50 by sweeping Shakib Al Hasan for his eighth boundary, but escaped a second time soon after when Mominul Haque dropped a catch at point off Rubel.

The 37-year-old reached his century in the final over to complete a total domination by the Sri Lankan batsmen of the Bangladeshi attack.

Taskin was the most expensive bowler, conceding 82 runs in 10 wicketless overs.

Sangakkara became only the fourth cricketer — the third Sri Lankan after Sanath Jayasuriya (445) and current team-mate Mahela Jayawardene (444) — to play 400 one-day internationals.

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