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ICC World Cup, 2007


Sri Lanka outperforms Bangladesh by 198 runs.

21 March 2007

A dominant Sri Lanka completely outplayed young Bangladesh team in their group B tie at Queens Park Oval in Trinidad. Bangladesh was relying on youth brigade for a repeat performance but they failed miserably against a professional Sri Lanka outfit. Bangladesh got all out for a meager 113 in reply to a mammoth 318-4 posted by Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh went into the game to secure their second round berth but their hopes were shattered by a clinical performance by Sri Lanka in every department of the game. There was a sharp contrast in body language of Bangladeshi Tigers compared to their cup opener as almost everything went wrong on the field.

Bangladeshi bowlers lacked the discipline and penetration in bowling, fielders were no way near to their best and batsmen were completely out of touch. While sloppy fielding, three missed run out opportunities, couple of drop catches and bowling all over the places were the characteristics during the first part of the innings, batting department had completely lost it?s composure during the second part of the innings. It was a day which every Bangladeshi player would like to forget especially after the mighty performance against the Indians.

Sanath Jayasuriya led the rout against Bangladesh.

Sanath Jayasuriya led the rout against Bangladesh © Cricinfo

After today?s heavy defeat, the second round dream of the tigers are looking bleak unless Sri Lanka defeats India in the do or die clash for the Indians. This 198 run defeat pummeled the net run rate of Bangladesh and the chance to get past either India or Sri Lanka on the basis of net run rate looks next to impossible.

Bangladesh were never on the chase as wickets fell regularly without much resistance from the batsmen. Sri Lankan opening bowlers bowled with lot of heart and reduced Bangladesh to 41-5 in 16.4 over. Bangladesh never came back from that dismal position and eventually got all out for 113 in 37 over.

All Bangladeshi batsmen fell cheaply except Mohammad Ashraful, who remained not out on 45. Lasith Malinga was the pick of the Sri Lanka attack and grabbed 3 wickets for 27 runs. Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardane utilized seven bowlers to topple the Bangladeshi batsmen and everyone joined the party except Jayasuriya who smacked a blasting century while batting.

Earlier, Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar won the toss and decided to field first and Sri Lanka posted a commanding 318-4 in stipulated 50 overs. 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.

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. 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.

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 fallen were shared by the other 4 bowlers.


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