Sri Lanka seals ODI series whitewash after Kusal ton

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Sri Lanka trumped Bangladesh by six wickets in their third and final One-Day International at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday (February 22) to sweep the series 3-0. Dhammika Prasad claimed three wickets in his first match of the series as Bangladesh, who was sent in to bat, was restricted to 240 for 8 in its 50 overs. Kusal Perera, the opener, then hit his maiden ODI century as Sri Lanka passed the target with 15 deliveries to spare. Mominul Haque top scored with a run-a-ball 60, while valuable contributions from Nasir Hossain (38), Naeem Islam (32) and the captain Mushfiqur Rahim (30), gave Bangladesh its highest score of the series. But Kusal Perera made light of the target as he flayed Bangladesh’s… Read More →

Thirimanne to replace injured Dilshan

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Media Release An injury to T.M. Dilshan’s hand will keep him out of the rest of the Bangaldesh tour. He will be replaced by Lahiru Thirimanne who will join the team today. This injury occurred during yesterdays match against Bangladesh and will return to the country today. Kumar Sangakkara will be rested for the final ODI game. Mahela Jayawardene & Chaturanga De Silva will join the team for the Asia Cup.

Sangakkara’s ton seals one-day series for Sri Lanka

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Kumar Sangakkara continued his awesome batting form in Bangladesh as Sri Lanka won the second one-dayer by 61 runs in Dhaka on Thursday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The left-hander, who scored 319 and 105 in the second Test earlier this month after making 75 in the first Test, hit a fluent 128 off 115 balls to lift Sri Lanka to 289-6. Bangladesh, facing a must-win situation after losing the first match, caved in under pressure and were dismissed for 228 with seven overs to spare at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 79 off 83 balls and opener Anamul Haque made 42, but none of the other batsmen settled in as Sri… Read More →

Perera leads Sri Lanka to ODI win over Bangladesh

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Thisara Perera’s brilliant counter-attack inspired Sri Lanka to a 13-run victory over Bangladesh in the first one-day international in Dhaka on Monday, giving the tourists the lead in the three-match series. Perera smashed an unbeaten 80 off 57 balls to lift the tourists from a hopeless 67-8 in the 22nd over to 180 all out after Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field. Sensing an opening, Sri Lanka hit back to bowl out the hosts for 167 in the 40th over of the rain-curtailed match at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. Bangladesh, riding on opener Shamsur Rahman’s 62 off 49 balls and 44 from Mominul Haque, were cruising at 114-2 in the 20th over when the batting came apart. Sri Lankan… Read More →

Sri Lanka take series after another final-ball win

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Sachithra Senanakaye hit a boundary off the last ball as Sri Lanka secured a dramatic three-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second Twenty20 match in Chittagong on Friday to win the series 2-0. Having bowled the hosts out for a paltry 120, Sri Lanka stuttered in their reply to lose six wickets for 50 runs by the 12th over at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium. Veteran Kumar Sangakkara and Thisara Perera rebuilt for the world’s top-ranked Twenty20 side with a 46-run partnership for the seventh wicket. But when Sangakkara was snapped up at point off Rubel Hossain for 37, Sri Lanka still needed 25 to win off the last 20 balls. Senanayake helped Perera (35 not out) inch closer to… Read More →

Haque century helps salvage draw

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Mominul Haque scored an unbeaten century to help Bangladesh pull off a draw in the second and final Test against Sri Lanka, in Chittagong, on Saturday (February 8). Haque remained unbeaten on 100, sharing an unbroken 120-run stand for the fourth wicket with Shakib Al Hasan, as stumps were called with Bangladesh 271 for 3 at the Zahur Ahmed Choudhury Stadium. Bangladesh had been set a target of 467 on the final day for a series-levelling win, and while victory was improbable, the batsmen did well to resist. Shakib remained unbeaten on 43. Sri Lanka took the series by a 1-0 margin by virtue of its innings and 248-run win in Dhaka in the first Test. Bangladesh, who resumed on… Read More →

Sri Lanka rides on Sangakkara magic

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Kumar Sangakkara became only the second batsman in history to score a triple-century and a century in the same match as Sri Lanka pressed for victory in the second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Friday (February 7). Sri Lanka, who had taken a 161-run first-innings lead, declared its second knock at 305-4 in the final session of the fourth day’s play at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium. Bangladesh, set an improbable target of 467 to record a series-levelling win, were 12-0 at stumps. Sri Lanka will need to take all ten wickets to sweep the two-match series, while Bangladesh requires another 455 runs in a minimum of 90 overs. Sangakkara followed his 319 in the first innings with 105… Read More →

Rahman, Kayes rescue Bangladesh

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Shamsur Rahman and Imrul Kayes struck maiden Test tons to help Bangladesh avoid the follow-on in the second and final Test against Sri Lanka in Chittagong on Thursday (February 6). Facing a monumental task after Kumar Sangakkara’s 319 had powered Sri Lanka to 587, the duo put together a record 232-run stand for the second wicket as Bangladesh added 325 runs to its overnight total to finish on 409 for 8 at stumps on the third day at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium. It was a remarkable comeback by Bangladesh after an innings and 248-run thrashing in the first Test in Dhaka last week, its 14th loss in 15 Tests against Sri Lanka. However, Bangladesh missed out on an opportunity… Read More →

Sri Lanka in command after Sangakkara triple

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Kumar Sangakkara became the fastest player to reach 11,000 runs in Test cricket en route a career-best 319, as Sri Lanka ended Day 2 of the second Test against Bangladesh in a commanding position at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Wednesday (February 5). Sangakkara’s knock helped Sri Lanka post an imposing 587. In reply, Bangladesh was at 86 for 1 when stumps were drawn, still staring at a massive 501-run deficit. Sangakkara’s maiden triple ton also marked his 9th score of 200 plus in Tests, with only Sir Don Bradman having more scores of 200 plus (12). The former Sri Lankan captain, playing in his 122nd Test, also became the ninth batsman to reach the 11,000-run mark,… Read More →

Sangakkara ton puts Sri Lanka on top

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Kumar Sangakkara’s unbeaten 160 helped Sri Lanka recover from a shaky start and post 314 for 5 on the opening day of the second Test against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdury Stadium in Chittagong. This was Sangakkara’s 34th Test century, equalling the tally of Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara. Sangakkara, who is playing in his 122nd Test, now has the most number of Test hundreds among active players, and on the all-time list, only Sachin Tendulkar (51), Jacques Kallis (45), Ricky Ponting (41) and Rahul Dravid (36) are ahead of him. Sangakkara resurrected Sri Lanka’s innings with Mahela Jayawardene after it had been reduced to 49 for 2, with both openers dismissed. Both Sangakkara and Jayawardene came into this… Read More →