Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sanath, Sangakkara punish Bangla attack

LAHORE - Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara clobbered the Bangladesh attack to all corners of the ground to get 357 for nine in the Group A match of the Asia Cup here at the Gaddafi Stadium here on Wednesday.
Bangladesh, which got a massive win over UAE team in the opening match, faces similar defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka.
Jayasuriya cracked 72 runs from just 47 balls. He hit up 10 boundaries and three massive sixes and also shared a an opening wicket partnership of 116 with Kumar Sangakkara. Sangakkara, however, in return completed century rather fluently but their innings turned out to be more miserable for the Bangala attack.
Sangakkara completed his eighth one-day hundred in just 88 balls. He fell soon after in an attempt to accelerate the pace of the game. Chamara Kapugedera gathered 74 off 67-ball to further the misery of Bangladesh.
The highlight of the batting performance was the 20th over of the innings, as Sangakkara clobbered five fours off Dolar Mahmud in an over which leaked 25. Mahmud had already gone for 28 off his first two overs, 25 of those coming from the bat of Jayasuriya.
Mohammad Ashraful won his second toss in a row, but this time chose to bowl in his team's second match of the tournament, against Sri Lanka. Bangladesh decided to retain the same team that registered a 96-run victory against UAE the previous evening in the first group encounter.


ST Jayasuriya b Abdur Razzak 72
K Sangakkara c Tamim b Mahmudullah 101
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