Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Hambantota March 23, 2013

Dilshan powers Sri Lanka towards victory


Sri Lanka 238 for 2 (Dilshan 113*, Sangakkara 63) beat Bangladesh 259 for 8 (Tamim 112, Nasir 73*) by eight wickets (D-L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Bangladesh's first ODI of the year should be remembered for several events, including a Tamim Iqbal century, but the assault on their bowlers by the Sri Lanka openers overshadowed all that. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kushal Janith Perera, playing only his fifth ODI, took less than an hour to decimate an already feeble pace attack and demoralise the spinners, Bangladesh's strength. Sri Lanka eased to an eight-wicket victory, giving them a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Bangladesh's score of 258 for 9 was supposed to test Sri Lanka, especially in Hambantota where the previous highest successful chase was 211. The added advantage for Bangladesh was the 85-minute delay in-between innings due to a power failure in two light towers, which gave Sri Lanka a revised target of 238 in 41 overs.

Sri Lanka's task had been made more difficult, but Dilshan and Perera responded ruthlessly. They added 106 in just 12.1 overs, hammering 13 boundaries and a six. Seven of those fours came off the first 14 deliveries that Abul Hasan and Rubel Hossain served up. It was one of those games the late Tony Greig would have loved to call; one of those carving the bowling, Kushal, was almost a copy of Sanath Jayasuriya.

Save the superstitious touches of the pad, helmet and bat, the stance and the shots of Kushal were reminiscent of Jayasuriya's style of play. The first square cut threw you back to the mid 1990s, when Jayasuriya gained the reputation for being a destroyer of bowling attacks.

As the fours poured in, there were signs of more similarity. Kushal's grip tends to stay towards the bottom of the handle as well, but his attacking instincts almost led to an early dismissal when he swept one straight to deep square leg. But Abdur Razzak parried the chance over the boundary ropes.

Kushal took a lot of the limelight, being the younger batsman, but it was Dilshan who was the wrecker-in-chief. Dilshan contributed 56 to the opening partnership, and later consolidated on the start with Kumar Sangakkara. It appeared as if the pair had slowed down considerably but they scored at a fair clip, though the Bangladesh bowlers bowled better with an extra fielder outside the 30-yard circle. Sangakkara made 63 off 68 balls, adding 128 runs for the second wicket. He was caught at the third-man boundary, five runs short of victory.

Dilshan reached his 15th ODI century*, his second against Bangladesh, in the 31st over. He was severe on anything overpitched, and there were several offerings from Rubel Hossain, Abul Hasan and Abdur Razzak, who were unable to stop the flow of boundaries.

The other century of the day came from Tamim's bat, but Bangladesh suffered a setback as he was ruled out of the series after injuring his right thumb during the chase. The century, his fourth in ODIs, was his first in international cricket in almost three years. It was also the first hundred in the format against Sri Lanka by a Bangladesh batsman in 31 matches between the teams.

Tamim's 112 off 136 balls, and an unbeaten 73 off 59 balls by Nasir Hossain, was undermined by the others' failure to make a significant contribution. Sri Lanka's bowlers showed patience to induce Anamul Haque, Mohammad Ashraful and captain Mushfiqur Rahim to play ordinary shots, and get out against the run of play. One dragged it on, the other fell to a lobbed drive, and Mushfiqur fell to an ugly hoick - the Bangladesh top and middle-order collapsed in the space of 31 deliveries.

Tamim held the innings together till the 44th over, being involved in key partnerships with Mahmudullah (for the fourth wicket) and Nasir (for the fifth). He played some of his favourite shots, especially the cuts and drives, as he found different angles and enough height to clear the fielders. Whenever the bowlers pitched it up or provided him width, he was at it quickly. Each of the twelve boundaries was well thought, while the six off Lasith Malinga was a calculated loft over long-on late in the innings. After he was run out, Nasir took over the baton to give the innings a final flourish. He smashed six fours and three sixes, as Bangladesh added 90 runs in the last 10 overs.

Sri Lanka picked up those 90 runs in the first 9.3 overs, without losing a wicket, facing two new balls and against bowlers who represent Bangladesh's "best available options" at the moment. The home side, too, has to fare better with the ball, but their challenge in this department is going to be much easier.

08:22am GMT, March 24: Article has been updated to reflect actual number of ODI centuries Tillakaratne Dilshan has scored

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Manesh on March 26, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    BD were not even in the picture and still the fans arguing with 'if's , 'but's! Some one commented that pitch improved during delay and that helped SL! What a logic! BD still not grown enough to beat top teams consistently. They can beat any top team only once in a year -thats all.

  • Shoaib on March 25, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    @Adnan_Mamoon: Wrong! Actually Shakib is number 1 ranked all-rounder in not just tests but one-day as well check it out. Seems your Hafeez wasn't good enough against the mighty South Africans :)

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    And Bangladesh loses again. A whitewash would have been in order had the second ODI have happened. BD's a mediocre cricket team that show be demoted to Associate Level, give more capable nations like Ireland or even Afghanistan a chance.

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    bd batted really well but the way startedthe things, i thought it could have been 290+.unfortunately they lost the game,bowled badly.anyway we all have to say as the time goes pitch was really a beauty to bat on at the same time ball was a bit wet due factor. i am really disheartened the way rubel bowling in odi even aganistwest indies at home.this guy can not deserve a position in national odi side.abul also did the same thing but he is still batted aggresivelyand they got the result.

  • Amit on March 25, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    @BDforever i guess you lack in Maths also the revised target was much tougher than the original one.Accept the fact and dont give any foolish reasons to make other BD fans ashamed off

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    That was a great match no matter how people look at it Bees Electricity dew these things tend to happen one can't put any blame on them for a change I witnessed aa interesting and exciting match thanks Bangaldesh and Sri Lanka and to all the players (I do not like to mention individual players ) I still say not to underestimate your opponent if you do you will pay the price some commentators criticizes about drop catches that's bull no one like to drop them but it happens (like accidents) life goes on and so is the matches plus I have seen some of those commentators were players Ha Ha don't call the kettle black when you guys dropped catches which cost us the match one is an umpire now (no need to mention names) as u can see I was watching cricket for a long long long time . Murali's era is finish so don't try to bring it on and try to compare to now all the time let the team cope with it

  • Shoaib on March 24, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu: Your story doesn't even make much sense :) half our first team players are missing anyway which is a fact btw :P

  • RAFSAN on March 24, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    I apologize to SL fans for some of my fellow people's comment. The truth is we did not play well enough to win that match. Please,dont hurt us

  • NAIM on March 24, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu: i am a Banladeshi and i fully agree to your thoughts some bd supporters shows lots of excuses. actually they r mad for Bd cricket. but as a Bangladeshi i dont excuse anymore bd played last match like minnows. The nature of Bd is when they play badly nothing worse than that but when they played well nobody could stop them as we saw them in 2005 against Australia and recent Asia cup.In Asia cup they could be the champion but they actually lost by experience.Bd has no experience to win final before.Again i say Bd could not be improve with this toothless pace bowling.They have to find pace bowlers.and if i talking about Srilanka, the first time i saw kushal perera and i impressed with his batting.dilshan,sangakkara is a class act.i think Srilanka is very balanced.It is a challange for Bangladesh where there is no sakib,tamim,mashrafee but Bangladesh have a ability to beat any team without stars.Good luck Srilanka and Bangladesh.

  • Amila on March 24, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    The best Folk Story of South Asia goes to BD fans - "Once upon a time there was a Cricket match between SL and BD. BD heroic batsmen batted first in a nasty pitch deliberately made by villain SL curator and still scored 259 which is a match wining score. BD hero's were attacked by bees, which were released by SL villains (Release the Kraken). SL villains deliberately blackout the ground switching off the floodlights. In that dark SL villain curator changed the pitch and the outfield to facilitate villain SL batters. SL inning was delayed due to the deliberate blackout, giving them a small target (238 in 41 overs) and facilitating dew accumulation. Then BD great hero bowlers couldn't grab the balll and villain SL batters hit the ball all over the park. BD hero's lost. SL villains are so bad. They stole the victory from our little BD hero's"

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