16th Match, Group B, Port of Spain, Mar 21 2007, ICC World Cup
(37/46 ov, target 311)112
Sri Lanka won by 198 runs (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
109 (87)
end of over 371 run • 1 wicket
BAN: 112/10CRR: 3.02 RRR: 15.92
Mohammad Ashraful45 (63)
Muthiah Muralidaran 9-0-15-1
Lasith Malinga 6-0-27-3

Sri Lanka complete a 198-run win over Bangladesh to do their chances of a Super Eight spot no harm. They were led by Sanath Jayasuriya's blitz of a century, Mahela Jayawardene's plucky 46, and fifties from Kumar Sangakkara and Chamara Silva as they totalled 318 for 4. Bangladesh, in reply, failed to get going as Chaminda Vaas and Lasith Malinga struck early blows and barring Jayasuriya, every bowler used got a wicket.

A comprehensive victory for Sri Lanka. All eyes now turn to the crucial Sri Lanka-India game on March 23 at this very venue.

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Murali to Ashraful, OUT

all over! Tossed up on leg stump, Ashraful just drops it at his feet and calls Rasel for the run, a good throw comes in from Dilshan at midwicket and Sangakkara takes it on the first bounce and whips off the bails in one swift movement and Rasel is just short of the crease, despite the full stretch of the bat forward...

Syed Rasel run out (Dilshan) 0 (5m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Murali to Ashraful, no run

quicker and flatter, he tries to dab it fine but it goes to the fielder

Murali to Ashraful, no run

tossed up, now he opts for the reverse-sweep but makes a mess of it

Murali to Ashraful, no run

spins in from outside off stump, tapped to the on side

Murali to Ashraful, no run

tossed up outside off stump, he comes well forward and defends it away

Murali to Ashraful, 1 wide

spins too far down leg stump and is called wide

Murali to Ashraful, no run

tossed up outside off stump, Ashraful defends off the back foot

end of over 369 runs • 1 wicket
BAN: 111/9CRR: 3.08 RRR: 14.85
Syed Rasel0 (1)
Mohammad Ashraful45 (57)
Lasith Malinga 6-0-27-3
Tillakaratne Dilshan 3-0-12-1
Malinga to Syed Rasel, no run

lands on a good length just outside off stump, Rasel backs away and pokes at it and misses

Last man Syed Rasel walks in

Malinga to Razzak, OUT

edged and gone! Malinga lands one on a shortish length around off stump, ball rears and takes the outer edge of the bat through to Sangakkara! Malinga strikes for his third

Abdur Razzak c †Sangakkara b Malinga 0 (6m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Malinga to Ashraful, 1 leg bye

back of a length outside leg stump, Ashraful shuffles across to expose the stumps and the ball clips his pads, Sangakkara cant collect it and the ball runs fine for runs

Malinga to Ashraful, no run

back of a length outside off stump, he stands and runs it to backward point

Malinga to Ashraful, FOUR runs

back of a length outside off stump, Ashraful pokes at it and gets a genuine french cut back leg stump for four more!

Malinga to Ashraful, FOUR runs

starts off with one down leg, which is clipped for four runs down to fine leg

Okay, back to pace as Malinga is called on to mop up the tail

end of over 354 runs • 1 wicket
BAN: 102/8CRR: 2.91 RRR: 14.46
Abdur Razzak0 (1)
Mohammad Ashraful37 (53)
Tillakaratne Dilshan 3-0-12-1
Russel Arnold 3.1-0-17-1
Dilshan to Razzak, no run

tossed up, he comes forward and defends

Dilshan to Ashraful, 1 run

tossed up on middle and leg, punched to mid-on

Abdur Razzak saunters out

Dilshan to Mohammad Rafique, OUT

short and a fraction wide of off stump, Rafique stands rooted and swings across the line, doesnt time it all and the ball soars up in the air and comes down near the deep midwicket ropes, Murali and Maharoof converge, Maharoof calls for it, Murali wants it, they both collide...looks like Murali really wants to take the catch...but in the end it settles in Maharoof's hands and neither fielder is injured..would've been ugly had they collided hard though

Mohammad Rafique c Maharoof b Dilshan 7 (19m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 41.17
Dilshan to Ashraful, 1 run

tossed up as usual, this time he dances down the track and lofts it over mid-off down to long-off

Dilshan to Ashraful, 2 runs

tossed up, Ashraful gives himself room and drives that streakily over backward point for two to Maharoof in the deep, and some claps as the 100 comes up

Dilshan to Ashraful, no run

tossed up on off stump, he comes forward and defends

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