Sri Lanka thrash pathetic Bangladesh
Lankan pacemen Perera and Maharoof ripped through the top-order and paved the way for a five-wicket win in the opening ODI on Monday.Updated: Feb 20, 2006 21:28 IST
Sri Lanka fast bowlers Ruchira Perera and Farveez Maharoof paved the way for a five-wicket victory in the opening one-day international on Monday by taking six wickets in Bangladesh's total of 118.
Kumar Sangakkara then hit 50 as the visitors reached their victory target in 24.1 overs.
Opening bowler Perera took three for 23 while Farveez Maharoof had three for 30 after the hosts decided to bat.
Bangladesh collapsed to 37 for five inside 11 overs after the Sri Lankan bowlers found raw movement at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium.
All rounder Khaled Mahmud, playing the last match of his career, offered resistance with 36 while Aftab Ahmed (21) and Alok Kapali (19 not out) were the only other batsman to reach double digits in Bangladesh's 35.5-over innings.
For Sri Lanka, Sangaskkara hit a six and seven boundaries while Mahela Jayawardene hit five fours in his 37 not out. Left arm spinner Mohammad Rafique took two Sri Lankan wickets for 10.
Bangladesh skipper Habibul Basher blamed his batsmen's lack of match practice for the disappointing result.
"It is failure of our batsmen who were away from international cricket for more than four months."
"They could not utilise a good wicket. But I hope to build up a fight and come back in the series," Basher told reporters.
J Mubarak b Rasel 4
S Jayasuriya b Mortaza 13
K Sangakkara c Mortaza b Kapali 50
M Jayawardene not out 37
C Kapugedera c Kapali b Rafique 0
T Dilshan b Rafique 2
H Fernando not out 0
Extras (lb-1, w-7, nb-5) 13
Total (for 5 wkts, in 24.1 overs) 119
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-41, 3-111, 4-111, 5-117
Bowling: Mortaza 7-0-30-1, Rasel 7-0-35-1, Razzak 3-0-20-0, Mahmud 2-0-15-0, Rafique 3-1-10-2, Kapali 2.
Rajin Saleh lbw Maharoof 7
Shahriar Nafees c Sangakkara b Maharoof 0
Aftab Ahmed b Perera 21
Mohammad Ashraful c Sangakkara b Maharoof 4
Habibul Bashar c Jayawardene b Fernando 2
Khaled Mashud c Sangakkara b Perera 0
Khaled Mahmud lbw Jayasuriya 36
Mohammad Rafique c Jayasuriya b Fernando 6
Alok Kapali not out 19
Mashrafee Bin Mortaza b Perera 6
Syed Rasel c Perera b Jayasuriya 7
Extras (7w, 3nb) 10
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-31, 3-35, 4-36, 5-37, 6-51, 7-82, 8-98, 9-109, 10-118.
Bowling: Ruchira Perera 7-1-23-3, Farveez Maharoof 8-1-30-3 (3w), Dilhara Fernando 6-0-23-2 (2nb, 1w), Hasantha Fernando 5-0-23-0 (1nb, 1w), Malinga Bandara 5-0-9-0, Sanath Jayasuriya 4.5-0-10-2.
First Published: Feb 20, 2006 14:17 IST