Top Order Fires Sri Lanka To 312 Against Bangladesh
Sri Lanka 312-4 (Dilshan 71, Tharanga 54, Sangakkara 52) v Bangladesh
Asia Cup game three, Dambulla
Sri Lanka confirmed their position as favourites to win the Asia Cup as a strong batting performance saw them pile up 312 for four in their second group game against Bangladesh in Dambulla.
Half-centuries from their top three batsmen - Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga and Kumar Sangakkara - put them on course for the largest score of the 2010 tournament by some distance.
After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, Dilshan crashed a 30-ball half-century, hitting 11 fours on his way to 71 in 51 deliveries before he was caught and bowled by Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan.
The opening partnership with Tharanga was worth 111 inside 16 overs and Tharanga went on to reach 54 in 73 balls with Sangakkara stroking 52 in 69 to heap the pressure on Bangladesh.
Their quick bowlers bore the brunt of the damage, with Mashrafe Mortaza and Syed Rasel leaking runs at more than seven per over although fellow pacer Shafiul Islam returned two for 59 by having both Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene (43) caught by Shakib.
Off-spinner Mahmudullah was the other man to take a wicket - that of Tharanga - before Sri Lanka hit out to good effect at the end of their innings with Angelo Mathews unbeaten on 42 in 41 balls and Chamara Kapugedera not out on 37 in 30.
Chanaka Welagedara replaced Farveez Maharoof in the only change to their side from their 26-run win over Pakistan. Bangladesh lost their opening match to India by six wickets.
© Cricket World 2010