Friday, June 18, 2010

Dilshan leads S. Lanka's charge against Bangladesh

Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed 71 off 51 balls to lift Sri Lanka to 312-4 in the Asia Cup one-day international against Bangladesh on Friday.

Dilshan and Upul Tharanga set the ball rolling with an opening stand of 111 by the 16th over after the defending champions won the toss and elected to bat in the day-night match.

Tharanga (54) and skipper Kumar Sangakkara (52) hit half-centuries to build on Dilshan's aggressive knock which included 11 boundaries and a six.

Mahela Jayawardene chipped in with 43 during a third-wicket stand of 69 with Sangakkara.

Angelo Mathews (42 not out) and Chamara Kapugedera (37 not out) hammered 73 runs in the last 10 overs to help Sri Lanka notch up the highest total ever at the Rangiri stadium.

Sri Lanka, who won their first match against Pakistan, will almost certainly assure themselves of playing the final on June 24 if they beat Bangladesh.

Bangladesh are in a must-win situation after losing to India.

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