Sri Lanka thrash Bangladesh by 92 runs in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Pool A Match 18 at Melbourne
Dilshan's 161 not out was, surprisingly, his first 160-plus ODI score that ended in a victory.
Kumar Sangakkara struck his 22nd ODI century off 73 balls including 12 fours and a six and finished on an unbeaten 105 Getty Images
Tillakaratne Dilshan's 161 not out and Kumar Sangakkara's unbeaten 105 ensured that Sri Lanka's total of 332 went unchallenged as Bangladesh lost by 92 runs in the 18th match of Pool A in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at Melbourne. Bangladesh were shoddy in the field, and never got going with the bat either, as Sri Lanka ensured that there was only one heart-stopping match in the day. With this win, Sri Lanka move up to the second spot in the points table for Pool A. Live Scorecard:Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Match 16 at Melbourne
Bangladesh got off to a terrible start, with Lasith Malinga sneaking through Tamim Iqbal's defences off the second ball of the innings. Anamul Haque and No. 3 batsman Soumya Sarkar then put on a 40-run stand, dominated entirely by Sarkar's attractive 15-ball 25. Sarkar, who drew comparisons with Sourav Ganguly from commentator Sunil Gavaskar, hit five boundaries in his innings, and gave Bangladesh a brief glimmer of hope. However, Sarkar and new batsman Mominul Haque were out in a space of five balls to derail the chase. Live Updates: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Match 16 at Melbourne
That brought Mahmudullah to join Anamul, and the pair added 43 before Anamul was run out. The duo were earlier involved in a hilarious mix-up that highlighted just how inept the fielding of the entire match had been. Both men ran to the same end, then almost ran to the other end before settling down. Top 10 batsmen in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim came in to bat at Nos 6 and 7 respectively a move that made little to no sense given the match situation. Shakib played a strange innings, labouring to a 43-ball 18 before exploding to end at 46 off 59 balls. He was out chipping one from Dilshan to Malinga. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: SCHEDULE & MATCH DETAILS
Mushfiqur was out for 36, trying to hit Suranga Lakmal out of the attack. Sabbir Rahman played a few big hits toward the end, as did Mashrafe Mortaza, but Bangladesh were never going to chase down Sri Lanka's humongous total. In the end, the match was an anti-climax after Afghanistan's emotional, exhilarating one-wicket victory over Scotland. Sri Lanka were ultimately too good for Bangladesh. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Complete Coverage
Dilshan, Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne made merry against an insipid Bangladesh bowling attack to plunder a huge 332 for one. Dilshan scored his 21st ODI century, while Sangakkara playing his 400th ODI scored a scorching ton as well. Thirimanne Top 10 bowlers in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
While at Dunedin, Dilshan and Sangakkara showed just how one-sided a match between two full member nations could be. If Ireland, Afghanistan, UAE, and Scotland have shown admirable determination on the field, Bangladesh took a step backward with a horrendous fielding display. It started in the first over itself, with Anamul Haque dropping Thirimanne at slip. Thirimanne then survived a clean stumping, before Sangakkara was dropped at point. Top 10 wicketkeepers in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
Bangladesh veered between competent and abysmal with the ball as well. Taskin Ahmed bowled at a fair clip, but was put to the sword by Dilshan, while Rubel started well only to leak runs later on. Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib Al Hasan were the only two bowlers to be spared, as the others took an absolute pasting. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Pool-wise Team Standings
Thirimanne started nervously, but soon opened up and played some delightful drives. There were multiple occasions when a casual observer would be spared for thinking it was Sangakkara in the middle, with the type of flowing cover drives that he played during his innings of 52. Dilshan was brutal at the other end, essaying some ferocious cuts and pulls that demoralised the bowlers en route to his 21st ODI century. Once Sangakkara came in, the run-rate soared upward. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: POINTS TABLE
Sangakkara brought out all trademark shots; there was the down-on-one-knee cover drive, the lofted drive over cover, the pull, the ramp over third man, and the flick, among others. He raced away to his 22nd ODI ton off only 73 balls his fastest ODI ton ever as Sri Lanka sailed past 300. In the end, the Sri Lankan batting might proved too much for Bangladesh s bowlers to handle. Top 10 fielders in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
Sri Lanka 332 for 1 in 50 overs (Lahiru Thirimanne 52, Tillekaratne Dilshan 161*, Kumar Sangakkara 105*; Rubel Hossain 1 for 62) beat Bangladesh 240 in 47 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 46, Sabbir Rahman 53; Lasith Malinga 3 for 35) by 92 runs.
Man of the Match: Tillakaratne Dilshan
(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @ShiamakUnwalla)