Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sanath Jayasuriya - 100 off 55 balls - Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh at Karachi 2008 | Fastest ODI tons ever series [Part - 2]

Sanath Jayasuriya - 100 off 55 balls - Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh at Karachi 2008

Just past his 39th birthday, Sanath Jayasuriya (seen here) was in the twilight of a long and illustrious career and no longer the batsmen the bowlers feared most as he was during his heyday in the 90s. But that he had lost neither his hunger for success nor his enthusiasm for the game was best illustrated by this knock in the Asia Cup.

Opening the innings with Kumar Sangakkara, Jayasuriya taught the younger man - no slouch with the bat himself - a thing or two about bit hitting. He reached his half century off 31 balls with six fours and four sixes.

Accelerating further Jayasuriya reached his century off 55 balls with 14 fours and five sixes. He was comparatively slower thereafter and took a further 33 balls to score 30 before he was out in the 28th over.

He had contributed 130 out of a first wicket partnership of 201 and hit 16 fours and six sixes. Sangakkara also got a hundred and Sri Lanka finished with 332 for eight in 50 overs.

There was hardly any fight left in the Bangladesh ranks and they were bowled out for 174 in the 39th over.

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