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Sri Lanka won by 92 runs.
BANGLADESH INNINGS, TARGET 333
Over 47 | Score 240/10 (Robel 0)
A deserved fifty for lower-order batsman Sabbir. He reached it with a four off Malinga. But the slinger from Galle got his wicket after a ball. Great effort from Sanga to complete the catch diving low, down his right.
Sabbir Rahman c Kumar Sangakkara b lasith Malinga 53 (62b)
Malinga then removed new batsman Taskin Ahmed first ball duck. No.11 was trapped in front. Ahmed did invoked referral, in good humour or whatever the looks in his reflected means.
Taskin Ahmed lbw b Lasith Malinga 0 (1b)
And so thus, the Bangladesh's innings chase ended.
Over 46 | Score 234/8 (Sabbir 47; Robel 0)
Another splendid over from Dilshan. In his genteel pace, the part-time bowler has once again tormented the batting side. He has taken two wickets, conceding 35 runs off eight overs.
Over 45 | Score 233/8 (Sabbir 46; Robel 0)
In the menawhile, Sabbir has registered his personal best ODI score. Mathews's sixth over went for five runs with Sabbir finding his sixth boundary off the penultimate ball of the over.
Bangladesh now need 100 runs from 30 balls.
Over 44 | Score 228/8 (Sabbir 41; Robel 0)
Last got his second scalp for the day, after he coaxed Mortaza to come down for a mighty hit. The swing missed and Sanga done the need full behind the stump.
Mashrafe Mortaza st Kumar Sangakkara b Tilakratne Dilshan 7 (7b)
Rubel Hossain is the new man in the centre.
Over 43 | Score 222/7 (Sabbir 36; Mortaza 7)
Rangana Herath has tied down an other-wise attacking Sabbir Rahman. The spinner conceded a single off the first ball of his final over to Mashrafe Mortaza. Then from the cross over, Sabbir consumed the remaining five balls for a nought.
In the next over bowled by Angelo Mathews, Bangladesh added six runs thanks to a four from Mortaza's blade.
They now need exactly another 111 runs after scoring 222 chasing 333 to win.
Over 41 | Score 215/7 (Sabbir 29; Mushfiqur 32)
Wicket no. seven down for Bangladesh. The over started with a four, a lucky boundary thanks to Mushfiqur's fine edge. But the very next ball, Lakmal's slower delivery did the trick, cleaning up.
Mushfiqur Rahim b Suranga Lakmal 36 (39b)
The over went for 11 runs. Bangladesh skipper Mortaza is the new batsman. They need another 118 runs from 54 balls and 3 wickets in hand.
Over 40 | Score 199/6 (Sabbir 29; Mushfiqur 32)
Mathews stuck with Malinga. After giving away a single from the first four deliveries, a quicker, fuller delivery allowed Sabbir to guide past third man fielder for a four. Five runs from the over.
Over 39 | Score 199/6 (Sabbir 25; Mushfiqur 31)
Yet another little partnership building for Bangladesh. Sabbir Rahman and Mushfiqur Rahim have added 35 runs together in seven overs.
In the last two overs, they could add only six runs, four of Malinga and two of Lakmal overs respectively. Bangladesh require another 134 runs from 11 overs.
Over 37 | Score 193/6 (Sabbir 21; Mushfiqur 29)
Malinga returned in attack for Sri Lanka and immediately put a brake on the scoring rate. The fast bowler gave away only four runs in his sixth over. He was joined by Lakmal as Mathews opted for pace over spin.
Bangladesh need 140 more runs from 13 overs.
Over 35 | Score 182/6 (Sabbir 14; Mushfiqur 26)
Despite the fall of wickets, Bangladeshis have opted to keep up the run-rate. In the last two overs, they have added another 11 runs to the total.
They need another 151 from 15 overs. In the times of Twenty20, it's not that steep a target. But Bangladesh have lost their top six batsmen.
Over 33 | Score 171/6 (Sabbir 7; Mushfiqur 23)
Bangladesh suffered yet another blow. Shakib's littler enterprising innings succumbed to expectations. The left-handed batsman tried to chip on over long on, but Dilshan had enough trick up his sleeves. A slower delivery produced an easy catch for Malinga in the penultimate ball of the 32nd over.
Shakib Al Hasan c Lasith Malinga b Tilakratne Dilshan 46 (59b)
The over went for eight runs, then another six runs were added in Herath's next over. Bangladesh need another 162 runs from 17 overs.
Over 31 | Score 157/5 (Shakib 46; Mushfiqur 16)
The last three overs have produced 34 runs with Shakib taking on Lankan bowlers. In the 29th over, bolwed by Herath, Shakib hit a six and two fours to make it a 16-run over. Then Mushfiqur joined him in the next over. The wicket-keeper batsman hit part-timer Dilshan for a four off the last ball of the over. Then Mathews brought himself on, but Shakib was already in a different mode. The over yielded 12 runs.
Bangladesh need 176 from 19 overs. And the partnership now worth 58.
Over 28 | Score 122/5 (Shakib 18; Mushfiqur 10)
2, 3, 2, 2 is the sequece Bangladesh have managed to score in the last four overs. The chase is certainly not on. The target is 333.
Mathews has so far used six bowlers and everyone of them has performed as expected. Only the skipper himsef and Lakmal' economy rate is over five an over.
Bangladesh require another 194 from 21 overs.
Over 24 | Score 113/5 (Shakib 13; Mushfiqur 6)
The slump continued for Bangladesh losing another wicket. Mahmudullah, who tried to pull a short delivery, became Perera's first victim in the fourth ball of 21st over.
Mahmudullah c Rangana Herath b Thisara Perera 28 (46b)
Wicket-keper Mushfiqur Rahim is the news batsman. Bangladesh require another 220 runs from 26 overs.
Over 20 | Score 95/4 (Mahmudullah 24; Shakib 6)
Sri Lankan bolwers continued to pile pressure on Bangladesh batsmen. In the last four overs, nine runs were scored and operating in tandem were Herath and Perera.
The pair of Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan will need all their experieces and fighting spirit to resurrect their innings.
Bangladesh need another 238 runs from 38 overs, at just little under eight an over.
Over 16 | Score 86/4 (Mahmudullah 20; Shakib 1)
Bangladesh's chase is in real mess now. Lost another wicket, to a run out. Anamul Haque undone by a direct throw at the non-striker's end.
Anamul Haque run out 29 (43b)
Shakib Al Hasan is the new man out in the centre. Bangladesh need another 247 runs from 34 overs.
Over 15 | Score 84/3 (Anamul 29; Mominul 19)
Mahmudullah, with all his experience, is taking on the Lankan bolwers. A mixed-up almost ruined his day, but somehow survived. In between, he hit a four through the midwicket area, then three singles followed. Eight runs from the over.
Over 14 | Score 76/3 (Anamul 27; Mominul 13)
A gem of an over from Herath. The spinner conceded a single to Anamul, off the last ball of the over. Testing times for Bangladesh. Even the singles are hard to find now.
Over 13 | Score 75/3 (Anamul 26; Mominul 13)
The partnership between Anamul and Mahmudullah is worth 34 runs now. They will need a big one to keep themselves a realistic chance in the match.
Relatively good over for Bangladesh, accrued six crucial runs from Thisara Perera's first over.
Over 12 | Score 69/3 (Anamul 22; Mominul 11)
Mathews introduced Rangana Herath and the spinner has started with a decent over, conceding four runs only.
Bangladesh need another 264 runs from 38 overs.
Over 11 | Score 65/3 (Anamul 21; Mominul 10)
Tidy over from Lakmal, conceded five runs. Bangladesh need a partnership desperately. Lakmal, from his five overs, conceded 29 runs with a wicket in return.
Over 10 | Score 60/3 (Anamul 17; Mominul 9)
For a change, a good over for the batting side. Eleven runs off Mathews over. Anamul started by taking a quick single, then Mahmudullah played the remaining five deliveries, which included a four of the third ball through the fine leg area, and also a four leg byes.
Bangladesh need another 273 runs from 40 overs.
Over 9 | Score 49/3 (Anamul 16; Mominul 3)
An eventful over. Anamul Haque survived couple of chances as Sri Lankan fielders came short of plucking catches. First, Anamul's gentle push almost resulted in a catch at covers for Dilshan, then after three balls Mathews almost plucked one from the air.
Three runs from the over. Bangladesh need a good fight-back.
Over 8 | Score 46/3 (Anamul 13; Mominul 3)
Mathews is keping the pressure on Bangladesh. In his second over, he kept the ball tight and forced Bangladesh batsmen to take risk. The over leaked two runs.
Over 7 | Score 41/3 (Anamul 13; Mahmudullah 1)
Bad bad start to a chase. Bangladesh lost their third wicket in the form of Mominul Haque. The left-handed youngster flashed his bat, chasing Lakmal's widish delivery. It ended up with Mahela Jayawardene completing a fine catch at first slip.
Mominul Haque c Mahela Jayawardene b Suranga Lakmal 1 (3b)
Bangladesh in trouble. They need another 289 runs from 43 overs, with three top batsmen gone.
Mahmudullah is the new batsman.
Over 6 | Score 41/2 (Anamul 12; Mominul 1)
First six of the innings, thanks to a preposterous stroke from Haque. Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews received a thunderous welcome, hitting his second ball for a six over square leg boundary.
But, Mathews responded with a wicket, that of Sarkar. Tidy line, clean glove-work behind the stumps by Sanga.
Soumya Sarkar c Kumar Sangakkara b Angelo Mathews 25 (15b)
Mominul Haque is the news man in the centre.
Over 5 | Score 33/1 (Sarkar 25; Haque 6)
Anamul Haque is happy wearing down Lasith Malinga. He is not looking for any extravagance. Just happy hanging on there.
As expected, a superb over from Malinga. Only two runs conceded. Backed-up by some brilliant ground fielding, Malinga is running in hard.
Over 4 | Score 31/1 (Sarkar 24; Haque 5)
Runs coming in flurry this over. Sarkar has taken Lakmal to the cleaners, hitting the 27-year-old for three fours in the over. The over went for 14 runs. Bangladesh need more than a good start to keep their chances alive against Sri Lanka.
Another 302 runs from 46 overs required.
Over 3 | Score 17/1 (Sarkar 11; Haque 5)
Haque is not allowing Malinga to dictate terms. The Bangladeshi opener, after playing three dot balls, pulled somewhat loose delivery for a four. Then, sensibly, negotiated the remaining two balls.
Over 2 | Score 13/1 (Sarkar 11; Haque 1)
Tilakratne Dilshan dropped Haque. It was a easy chance, but Dilshan made a mess of it, allowing Bangla pair to cross for a single. Then, the very next delivery, Sarkar hit a four.
Suranga Lakmal is not happy. His first over went for seven runs.
Bangladesh need 320 more runs.
Over 1 | Score 5/1 (Sarkar 5; Haque 0)
Lasith Malinga broken through the defense of Tamim Iqbal. First wicket down for Bangladesh chashing an improbable target of 333.
Tamim Iqbal b Lasith Malinga 0 (2b)
Soumya Sarkar, however, stood firm despite receiving incessant yorkers. His new partner in the centre is Anamul Haque.
SRI LANKA INNINGS
Over 50 | Score 332/1 (Dilshan 161; Sangakkara 105)
What a day for Sanga. His fastest hundred in 400th outing. The 37-year-old needed 73 balls to compiled his 22nd century, with the help of 12 fours and a six.
The last over of the innings went for 12 runs, meaning the Lankan duo posted an undefeated 210-run partnership in 25.3 overs, striking at more than eight an over.
Over 49 | Score 320/1 (Dilshan 156; Sangakkara 99)
Sanga on 99 not out, Dilshan reached 150. Rubel Hossain conceded 11 runs in his ninth over. Dilshan's innings is highest individual ODI score without a six, beating Brian Lara's 153 which had 21 fours. Dilshan also hit 21 fours and still an over's play is left.
Over 48 | Score 309/1 (Dilshan 148; Sangakkara 96)
Dilshan scoring bulk of his runs through both the sides of square. Another big over. This time Shakib suffered the wrath of Dilshan, who hit three fours in the over.
Lanka crossed 300-run mark, and still two overs to go.
Over 47 | Score 296/1 (Dilshan 136; Sangakkara 95)
This partnership, worth 174 off 22.2 overs is driving Sri Lanka towards a big score. Mortaza completed his spell of 10 overs, conceding 53 runs. Good effort from the skipper. He was let down by some below par fielding efforts in the early part of the innings.
For Lanka, another huge over. 14 runs off it, thanks to thee fours.
Over 46 | Score 282/1 (Dilshan 127; Sangakkara 90)
Good effort from Mahmudullah, but the over still went for eight runs. Sanga has also reached 90's. He hit the spinner for a four off the second delivery of the over, an inside-out cover drive to stamp his class.
Over 45 | Score 274/1 (Dilshan 127; Sangakkara 83)
Still some fire left in Dilshan. He suddenly went berserk, hitting Taskin for four fours in an over. Taskin's ninth over went for 16 runs as Sri Lanka for the first time today crossed the six an over rate.
Over 44 | Score 258/1 (Dilshan 111; Sangakkara 83)
Sanga is on fire. Has reached 83 in quick time. 10 fours and a six to boot. Another good over for Lanka, yielded 11 runs as Mahmudullah failed to contain the flow of runs. Dilshan, who has survived so long to lead the charge, tried some unusual shots, including scoops of successive deliveries which went the unexpected the side. No clue to the fielder side either.
Over 43 | Score 247/1 (Dilshan 110; Sangakkara 74)
A relatively quite over, despite leaking eight runs. Taskin did enough to check the boundary flow, but still ended up giving away easy singles and doubles. In his eight-over spell, he has conceded 54 runs.
Over 42 | Score 239/1 (Dilshan 106; Sangakkara 70)
Huge over for Sri Lanka. 15 runs off Rubel Hossain's eighth over. He could have Sanga's wicket, but Mominul dropped an easy catch at point. Then, from the overthrow, Lankans added three runs. It was followed by a four by Dilshan through fine leg, then a single. Sanga responded with the first six of the innings, over the bowler's head. And a single made it a towering over.
Over 41 | Score 224/1 (Dilshan 101; Sangakkara 60)
Another seven run over. And also a century for Dilshan, his 21st over-all. Dilshan took 110 balls to reach the hundred, with a double off Shakib. The partnership has just reached 100 off 16.3 overs, and scoring over six an over. Time to consolidate for Lanka.
Over 40 | Score 217/1 (Dilshan 98; Sangakkara 56)
Another good over for the batting side. Seven runs off Sabbir's fourth over. The run-rate is slowly creeping towards that 6-mark as Lankans continue to build the innings patiently.
Over 39 | Score 210/1 (Dilshan 97; Sangakkara 52)
Another fifty for Sanga! Great way to mark his 400th ODI match. He reached the mini milestone with a four off Shakib. And the legend continues to grow: 94 half-centuries and 21 centuries.
The over went for six runs. In between, Dilshan is on 97.
Over 38 | Score 204/1 (Dilshan 96; Sangakkara 47)
Another fifty in sight for Sanga. He is already on 47 off 41 balls, with seven hits to the fence. Another big over for Sri Lanka. Added eight runs thanks to a four and four singles.
In this Power Play period, Lanka have scored 34 runs without losing a wicket.
Over 37 | Score 196/1 (Dilshan 94; Sangakkara 42)
An expensive over from skipper Mashrafe Mortaza. His ninth over went for 10 runs with Sangakkara taking majority of the strikes. After giving away only four runs off first four balls, Mortaza allowed Sanga to come down and hit straight for a four. The over ended with a double.
Over 35 | Score 179/1 (Dilshan 92; Sangakkara 28)
Frenetic running has also started. Skipper Mortaza brought himself. Then he started with three dot balls to set-in Dilshan, before the Lankan duo scampered for a double Another double followed, then another dot ball to complete the over. Mere four runs.
Dilshan is quietly approaching his 100 and he is playing it safe.
Over 34 | Score 168/1 (Dilshan 88; Sangakkara 28)
Sanga is on! The experienced hand milked Shakib's sixth over for seven runs, which included a four off the last ball.
The over started with a single by Dilshan, then a dot ball followed. A single to Sanga, another single to Dilshan and dot, before the four.
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.
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.