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SRI LANKA INNINGS
Over 33 | Score 168/1 (Dilshan 86; Sangakkara 23)
Powerplay. Taskin continued for Bangladesh. He started with two dot bals, followed by two singles and it looked well within his control, until Sanga drove one past the standing cover fielders… for a boundary.
But still, Taskin could have returned with Sanga’s wicket. Brilliant attempt for a pace bowler. He dove full body length on follow-through, hard chance.
Over 32 | Score 162/1 (Dilshan 85; Sangakkara 18)
Just before the drinks, Dilshan upped the ante. He found his 10th four with a delicate back-foot punch through the point area. Then four singles between him and Sanga made the 32nd over a productive one for Lanka. Eight runs.
Mahmudullah is pensive. Conceded 32 runs of his five overs.
Over 31 | Score 154/1 (Dilshan 79; Sangakkara 16)
Change of gear continued. Sanga opted for a new pair of gloves. Dilshan found his ninth four with an smart loft over third man area.
Taskin also continued to leak runs. He conceded seven runs, and for a total for 40 from his six overs, which also included a maiden over. Luckily for him, he is the only wicket-taker in Bangladeshi ranks today.
Over 30 | Score 147/1 (Dilshan 73; Sangakkara 15)
Sanga has changed his mace. And little later, found his second boundary. Mahmudullah’s fourth over went for seven runs, with three more singles in addition to that four.
Over 29 | Score 140/1 (Dilshan 71; Sangakkara 10)
Another tidy over from Bangladesh. Robel leaked only three runs from his seventh over, all singles. Both Dilshan and Sanga continue to search the gap in this rather elaborate Bangladeshi fielding protection. Interestingly enough, the Lankan innings is yet to touch the five an over rate.
Over 28 | Score 137/1 (Dilshan 69; Sangakkara 9)
Taskin returned with a good over, conceding only four runs. Also, helping his cause was some brilliant stops in the field. Sanga played out two dots, off the first two deliveries, then stole a double off the third, then another single, then a dot by Dilshan. Taskin’s fifth over ended with a single towards the third man.
Over 27 | Score 133/1 (Dilshan 68; Sangakkara 6)
Sanga quickly into his touch, found his first boundary with a gentle guide towards the third man area. Rubel’s sixth over went for six runs.
Talking about Sanga’s record, he needs four more fifties to Sachin’s record of 96 ODI fifties
Over 26 | Score 127/1 (Dilshan 67; Sangakkara 1)
Sangakkara opened his account with a single off Mortaza, fourth ball of Bangladeshi skipper’s seventh over. The over went for five runs, a couple and two singles to Dilshan, besides Sanga’s single.
Over 25 | Score 122/1 (Dilshan 58; Sangakkara 1)
Finally a wicket for Bangladesh. Thirimanne, who just reached the fifty, perished trying to loft one over the third man. But the attempt failed to take flight and ended up offering an easy catch to Rubel. Brave bowling from Taskin.
Lahiru Thirimanne c Taskin Ahmed b Rubel Hossain 52 (78b)
New man in the centre: the experienced Kumar Sangakkara. It’s his 400th ODI. Third Lankan player to achieve this feat, after his good friend Mahela Jayawardene and Sanath Jayasuriya. Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar was the other player to have played more than 400 ODIS.
Over 24 | Score 120/0 (Thirimanne 51; Dilshan 62)
Fifty for Thirimanne. He took 73 balls and lot more conspiring to reach his fifty. The over started with a gentle nudge towards deep mid-wicket off Sabbir by Dilshan, then Thirimanne pushed the second ball of the over down to long on for a single and thus completed his fifty.
Busy over. Six runs, four singles and a couple.
Over 23 | Score 114/0 (Thirimanne 49; Dilshan 58)
Double change. Rubel returned to the attack. Dilshan took a couple off the first ball then. A dot followed, then a short break as Rubel received a look-in into his shin following his stranded foot was hit a drive from Dilshan.
The over went for five runs.
Over 22 | Score 109/0 (Thirimanne 48; Dilshan 54)
Thirimanne finished the over with s straight, lofted four. Sabbir Rahman, who was just introduced into the attack, did enough to create a chance but Mushfiqur missed the stumping. And the very next ball, the batsman hit it for a four.
Six runs from the over. The openers shared a single early in the over.
Over 21 | Score 103/0 (Thirimanne 43; Dilshan 53)
Now the signs are there for all to see, predict. Dilshan raced to his fifty with three boundaries, including two successive fours, off Taskin Ahmed. Dilshan took 59 balls to reach his fifty, with the help of eight fours.
Taskin’s fourth over went for 13 runs.
Over 20 | Score 90/0 (Thirimanne 41; Dilshan 42)
First boundary for Sri Lanka in a long time. Mahmudullah was the culprit for Bangladesh to keep it short and slow, against Dilshan. The Sri Lankan opener pulled it through the mid-wicket area for only the fifth four of his innings.
The over went for seven run.
Over 19 | Score 83/0 (Thirimanne 40; Dilshan 37)
Maiden Over. Nice medium-over operation from Taskin and Shakib in tandem. The young pace bowler is giving nice company to the experience hand. Splendid over. A maiden, today’s first.
Dilshan, he seemed content to play out all six deliveries.
Over 18 | Score 83/0 (Thirimanne 40; Dilshan 37)
Another quick over from Shakib. Three runs conceded from his fifth over, all singles. What he does in his next five overs will possibly decide the fate of Bangladesh. Because, sooner or later, Sri Lankans will decide to open up. And Shakib’s experience and guile can hopefully contain the Lankan onslaught.
Three runs from the over.
Over 17 | Score 80/0 (Thirimanne 39; Dilshan 35)
After a long hiatus, Taskin returned to the attack as Bangladesh continue their search for wicket. Four runs from the over, great return, considering he conceded 12 runs in his first over.
Over 16 | Score 76/0 (Thirimanne 38; Dilshan 32)
Another productive over for Sri Lanka. Five runs added to the total as the run rate steadily approches five an over.
Drinks break! And Sri Lanka are firmly placed. Without losing a wicket, and with a famed batting line-up, they can always up the tempo whenever they want.
Over 15 | Score 71/0 (Thirimanne 34; Dilshan 31)
A big over for Sri Lanka. Nine runs added to the total with Dishan leading the charge. Thirimanne took a single off the first delivery off Mahmudullah’s second over, the a couple of singles later, Dilshan found himself playing a beautiful cover drive for a four. The over yielded nine runs.
Over 14 | Score 62/0 (Thirimanne 31; Dilshan 25)
Bangladesh bowlers are rushing through their overs. Shakib just completed a super-quick over. Two runs from the over, all singles to Dilshan.
Over 13 | Score 60/0 (Thirimanne 31; Dilshan 23)
Mortaza brought in Mahmudullah. The 29-year-old off-break bowler has started with a superb first over conceding only two runs.
With 13 overs play completed, Sri Lanka have found the boundary five times — three to Dilshan, and two to Thiramanne.
And Bangladesh have used five bowlers — Mortaza (six overs), Hossain (3), Ahmed (1), Shakib (2) and Mahmudullah (1).
Over 11 | Score 57/0 (Thirimanne 29; Dilshan 22)
Mortaza persisted with himself and for the first time today, he bowled a bad delivery. A slow short ball in the final delivery of the over allowed Dilshan to wield the bat freely, pulling through the mid-wicket area for a four. With that, the over yielded six runs.
For Sri Lanka, the partnership is beginning to grow, despite all the bad shots
Over 10 | Score 51/0 (Thirimanne 29; Dilshan 16)
The star of Bangladesh team Shakib Al Hasan on for the first time. And with his arm-ball, soon got into business, and Thirimanne almost offered a thick edge to first slip. But again, it proved as just another another missed chance.
Now, chewing-gum chewing Thirmanne has survived at least five chances.
Over 9 | Score 46/0 (Thirimanne 26; Dilshan 14)
Thirimanne once again played a reckless on drive, then another slip through the slip cordon. Hard luk to Bangladeshis, the nick went for a four instead.
Mortaza completed his fifth over, conceding 14 runs.
Over 8 | Score 40/0 (Thirimanne 20; Dilshan 14)
Stand and delivered! Dilshan, who has been devoid of deiveries, crashed one through the covers boundary for his first boundary. It was a good delivery from Taskin Ahmed.
Two balls later, off the fourth delivery, Dilshan punished the short ball with a pull over square leg. Off the final delivery, Lankans scampered to two runs, benefited from the over-enthusiastic fielders.
Lankan openers are warming up to the occasion. Biggest over the of the match, 12 runs!
Over 7 | Score 28/0 (Thirimanne 19; Dilshan 4)
Dilshan got to face his seventh delivery only in the five ball of the seventh over. But he played out both the deliveries from Bangladesh skipper.
Earlier in the over, off the third ball, Mushfig aroused enough noise for an appeal for an caught behind against Thirimanne.
Another huge over for the fielding side. Three runs.
Over 6 | Score 25/0 (Thirimanne 16; Dilshan 4)
A livewire in the field. Mushfiqur Rahim, the diminutive Bangla wicket-keeper, is all in his elements. More of a acrobat. His agility and chirpy nature is keeping the field alive. And his team-mates are letting down his efforts either. Good fielding so far, saving crucial runs.
Eight runs from the over.
Over 5 | Score 17/0 (Thirimanne 11; Dilshan 3)
Mortaza is leading by examples. In his first three overs, the skipper has leaked five runs. In between, Thirimanne, in Sri Lanka’s opening act, has consumed majority of the deliveries and he is still looking awry. His partner, Dilshan has so far has faced only six balls, to his 24.
One run! One big over for the bowling side.
Over 4 | Score 16/0 (Thirimanne 11; Dilshan 2)
Anther tidy over from Bangladesh. Hossain, like his skipper, has so far able to keep the Sri Lankans quite. But the occasional misdirected deliveries have somehow allowed the batters to ease the pressure.
Five runs off the over.
Over 3 | Score 11/0 (Thirimanne 8; Dilshan 1)
Mortaza continued and so thus the swing. Some lively pace bowling from Melbourne. And another close chance for Bangladesh. Thirimanne once again survived, this time at second slip. The Sri Lankan opener is certainly riding on his luck. Despite all the troubles, the batting side added a mere three runs to their tally.
Over 2 | Score 8/0 (Thirimanne 6; Dilshan 0)
Rubel Hossain shared the new ball with his skipper and after that event full first over, the 25-year-old medium-fast bowler has kept the ball in the right area, probing the Lankan opener. Heartening to see the so called minnows taking on established teams.
In between, Thirimanne has connected one, off the penultimate ball of the second over. And it was their first hit to the fence.
Over 1 | Score 1/0 (Thirimanne 1; Dilshan 0)
What a start it could have been for Bangladesh. Thirimanne was dropped at first slip off skipper Mortaza. It was an easy catch.
One run off the first over and Bangladesh are off to a splendid start.
Lahiru Thirimanne and Tilakratne Dilshan are opening the innings for Sri Lanka while Mashrafe Mortaza is getting ready for the first over of the day.
One big talking point ahead of the match is: Mahela Jayawardene is 91 runs short of becoming Sri Lanka’s highest run-scorer in cricket World Cups. He is behind Sanath Jayasuriya’s grand total of 1165 runs.
Aleem Dar from Pakistan and Aussis Paul Reiffel will conduct the affairs in the centre.
Sri Lanka XI: Lahiru Thirimanne, Tilakratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wicket-keeper), Dimuth Karunaratne, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal
Bangladesh XI: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicket-keeper), Mominul Haque, Sabbir Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed
TOSS: Sri Lanka have won the toss and will bat first.
Enduring a rather wobbly campaign so far, former champions Sri Lanka would be eyeing a big win to boost their confidence when they take on Bangladesh in their third pool A ODI cricket match of the ICC World Cup here on Wednesday.
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Sri Lanka, the 1996 champions, have been far from good in the tournament so far, losing to co-hosts New Zealand in the opener before huffing and puffing to win over minnows Afghanistan.
The Lankans would be eager to ensure that they win and win convincingly against the South-Asian minnows, who are unbeaten so far. Bangladesh have beaten Afghanistan while their match against Australia was washed out due to cyclone Marcia.
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For Sri Lanka, a major cause of concern is the poor form of star batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan besides the ordinary run of pace spearhead Lasith Malinga.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, are yet to be tested in the tournament. But given their position right now, they only need to win a couple of their remaining four matches to advance to the quarterfinals.
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However, the side has been distracted by some off-field drama after seamer Al-Amin Hossain was sent home for breaking the team curfew. He was replaced by Shafiul Islam.
Bangladesh (from): Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (wkt), Mohammad Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Taijul Islam, Arafat Sunny, Shafiul Islam
Sri Lanka (from): Angelo Mathews (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wkt), Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Dushmantha Chameera.