21 March 2007
Sri Lanka posted a commanding 318-4 in their crucial group B tie at Queens Park oval in Trinidad and Tobago. A 87 ball 109 from Matara hurricane Sanath Jayasuriya was the highlight of Sri Lankan Innings. Jayasuriya blasted 7 sixes and equal number of boundaries. Bangladesh was very unimpressive in the field which was a sharp contrast compared to their opening match display against India
All Sri Lankan top order batsmen joined the party with Jayasuriya to punish Bangladeshi bowling which lacked discipline and penetration. Wicketkepper batsman Kumar Sanggakkara made a prolific 56 in 55 deliveries with 3 boundaries and one huge six. Captain Mahela Jayawardane provided vital support in the middle with a patient 46 of 70 deliveris while a quick fire 52 from 48 deliveries from young Chamara Silva took the score well above 300. He smashed 5 boundaries and 2 mighty sixes in his entertaining knock
Earlier, Bangladesh Captain Habibul Bashar won the toss and sent Sri Lanka to bat first on a wicket that was expected to help bowlers in early hours. Sri Lankan openers started the proceedings cautiously as ball was moving off the pitch. Soon, both Jayasuriya and Tharanga came out of their shell and started to hit boundaries all over the park.
After a breezy opening stand of 98 in 14.2 overs, veteran Mohammad Rafiq removed Tharanga when Aftab Ahmed took a stunning catch at cover. This was the only bright moment for Bangladesh in the field as they missed three crucial run out chances and dropped equal number of catches.
Bangladesh captain used five regular bowlers to restrict Sri Lankan onslaught. The star of their historic win over India, Mashrafee Moratza failed to pick a single wicket and went for 66 runs in 10 overs. Four wickets that have been fallen were shared by the other 4 bowlers.
Bangladesh need 319 runs at a rate of 6.38 to win the match which is certainly an uphill task for them.