Sangakkara Stars In Sri Lanka Win
Sri Lanka 289-6 (Sangakkara 128) beat
Bangladesh 228 by 61 runs
Second One-Day International, Mirpur
Kumar Sangakkara hit 128 off 115 balls to lead Sri Lanka to a 61-run win in the second One-Day International in Mirpur and an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Having won the toss and elected to bat first, Sri Lanka posted a score of 289 for six setting Bangladesh a score of 290 to win.
Sangakkara, who posted a disappointing score in the first match, top scored for Sri Lanka before finally being dismissed by Arafat Sunny, and was supported by Ashan Priyanjan (60) and Angelo Matthews (56 not out).
In reply Bangladesh only managed to reach 228 before losing their final wicket, as Sri Lanka's bowlers shared the wickets, with seven overs to spare.
Sri Lanka had a poor start to the opening of their innings after having won the toss, losing opener Kushal Perera in the second over to the bowling of Rubel Hossain. With wickets falling at regular intervals, Sri Lanka found themselves on 63 for three in the 13th over, as both Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal fell for single figure scores.
However, a hundred partnership between the experienced Sangakkara and young talent Priyanjan saw Sri Lanka move swiftly to 177 before the fall of their next wicket, Priyanjan (60) in the 37th over.
Another strong partnership between Sangakkara and Matthews helped to push Sri Lanka into a match-winning position, Sangakkara being dismissed in the 47th over and leaving his team on 260 for five; Sri Lanka ending their innings on 289 for six.
Bangladesh's most successful bowler was Rubel, taking three of the six Sri Lankan wickets, however it was at the expense of 76 runs in his 10 overs. The most disciplined of the Bangladeshi bowlers was Shakib Al Hasan who claimed one wicket at the expense of just 46 runs in his 10 overs.
With a target of 290 Bangladesh started their innings poorly, losing Shamsur Rahman in the first over to Lasith Malinga for a three-ball duck, leaving the home team in the precarious position of two for one.
After the first wicket fell Bangladesh seemed to be beginning to rebuild, with a fifty partnership between Anamul Haque (42) and Mominul Haque (15) before both fell in consecutive overs.
Again, Bangladesh showed some resistance to the Sri Lankan bowling as Mushfiqur Rahim batted to the 42nd over to reach a score of 79 off 83 balls, the only player in the Bangladesh team to surpass fifty.
Unfortunately for the home side the remaining batsmen fell for small totals, with five of their players not reaching double figures, losing wickets at regular intervals and key points.
The accuracy of the Sri Lankan bowlers ensured that they secured a comfortable victory by 61 runs, with Malinga, Sachithra Senanayake, Thisara Perera and Ajantha Mendis claiming two wickets each, with Sangakkara being awarded the man of the match.
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