Dilshan & Sangakkara’s Ton Guide Sri Lanka to Pocket Victory against Bangladesh at Melbourne

February 27 08:43 2015

bangladeshNew Delhi, Friday, February 27 – In the match between two sub continent teams Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, former thrashed the latter by a big margin of 92 runs. The decision to bat first was made by Sri Lanka when the skipper Angelo Mathews won the toss and got the advantage of batting on a pitch which had a lot to support batsmen as compared to the bowling lineups of both the teams.

The Pool A participants came to have a competition between bat and ball at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, on Thursday. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is all set to enter in an exciting phase where top 8 teams will qualify for quarter-finals. From that stage, there would be no room for any ‘Playing XI’ to make mistake and wonder how things could have been different had they met the criteria to play into the semi-finals and, of course, the grand finale.

Winning the toss turned perfectly right for Sri Lanka as they opener Lahiru Thirimanne and Tillakaratne Dilshan did a partnership of 122 runs. The entire time Bangladesh strove for wickets. They got the breakthrough in 24.3 over when Rubel Hossain’s delivery made the opener to give an easy catch to Taskin Ahmed. It was probably the first and last chance for Bangladesh’s bowlers to jump in joy in view of the fact that one of the most experienced players of Sri lanka arrived on the crease in order to hold the fort.

The wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara had something else in mind. If truth be told then line and length of bowlers was good up till 32 over as they did not give much space to the opponents to take a step forward and go for biggies. Thanks to average fielding, the batting duo attained enough chance to build the score and take it up as much as possible. They remained unbeaten till the end, lending a hand to his team smell the upcoming victory on the opponents. Dilshan, on one hand, scored 161 runs of 146 balls, together with 22 boundaries, while on the other hand, the 37-year-old Sangakkara pocketed 105 runs of 76 balls, hitting 13 fours and a six.

Dimuth Karunaratne, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews(c), Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal and Lasith Malinga did not need to come on 22 yards pitch and show batting skills given that ‘not out’ pair put a humongous 332 runs on the scoreboard for Bangladesh to chase.

The ‘men in green’ shirts have shown improvement with each passing year. The team posted its highest score of 326 in One-Day International matches against Pakistan almost a year ago. Despite the fact that Pakistan succeeded to win a crucial contest by chasing 327 runs, Bangladesh won hundreds of thousands of hearts. They indirectly gave a clear signal to top teams of cricket that they are honing skills to stand out. Here is to mention that they even brought a shocker to India by inflicting a 5-wicket defeat on them in 2007 World Cup, almost ending Indian camp’s hope to think of crossing the threshold and outperform throughout the tournament.

But same momentum and spark was missing a day ago. In fact, the pressure to maintain a run rate of around 7 runs per over compelled them lose the confidence. And this became visible when the opener Tamim Iqbal failed to face terrific 1st over by Malinga, who was keen to give an early breakthrough to his teammates. The second delivery gave Sri Lanka an opportunity to celebrate. Soumya Sarkar headed towards the pitch to bring some stanbility along with Anamul Haque. The 22-year-old Sarkar tried to erase all signs of stress from his squad and sent the ball into the fences for 5 times. His short but beautiful innings of 25 runs, which he earned in 15 balls, came to an end when Mathews took the ball in hand. The new batsman Mominul Haque fell short to Suranga Lakmal and contributed only a run into his team’s total. Mahmudullah innings of 28 runs let Bangladesh heave a sigh of relief at least for few minutes but ball went once again in Sri Lanka’s court the moment Anamul turned a run out victim.

The right-handed cricketer Mahmudullah succumbed later to Thisara Perera. Shakib Al Hasan scored 46 runs, 4 x 4 & 6 x 1. Dilshan brought his striking exhibition on the field to an end. Mohammad Mushfiqur Rahim though went for a biggie and struck two classy shots to score 36 of 39 runs, he couldn’t save his team from getting near the trough of defeat. Sabbir Rahman was the leading scorer from Bangladesh with 53 runs in pocket. Game was almost over when he was dismissed by Malinga. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza failed to impress the audience and had to go back to the pavilion post scoring 7 runs of 7 balls. Taskin Ahmed  was the last man down. Rubel Hossain remained on the crease at a zero. The entire Bangladesh team was all out for 240 runs, making the opponents register a big victory and improve average as well on the points table. In today’s match, South Africa will play against West Indies.