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Tuesday, July 1, 2008
 

Sri Lankan storm into the Final of Asia Cup

With the help of centuries from birthday boy S.Jayasurya and K.Sangkara and five wickets haul by M.Muralitharan Sri Lanka went on to beat Bangladesh by 158 runs to get into the final of Asia Cup.

Sanath Jayasurya celebrated his 39th birthday in style by smashin 55 ball century. Mahela Jayawardne elected to bat first on a beutiful batting wicket against a toothless attack and superb opening wicket stand of 201 runs between K.Sangkara (121 runs from 128 balls) and S.Jayasurya (130 runs from 88 balls).

Sanath Jayasurya went on to scored his 26th century one of the record fastest centuries ever to help Sri Lanka record a facile 158-run victory over Bangladesh in an Asia Cup Super Four match at the National Stadium here on Monday. This was the sixth fastest hundred in ODI. He smashed 16 fours and six huge sixes in his innings of 130 runs.

After the departure of S.Jayasurya Sri Lanka didn't manage to capitalised on the start given by their openers and they kept loosing wickets at regular Intervals. However due to rollicking start they still manage to get the total 332/8 which was beyond the reach of Bangladeshi batsman.

Chasing the huge total no batters showed some courtsey to stay at the wickets and they kept loosing wickets at regular intervals. Raqibul Hasan (52) and opener Nazimuddin (47) were among the runs but there was little else to supplement their fighting efforts.

With M.Mralitharan taking 5/31 in his quota of 10 overs and it was just matter of time when Bangladeshi innings folded.

Match Summary

Sri Lanka– 332/8 in 50 Overs

S.Jayasurya – 130 K.Sangkara- 121

A.Kapali– 6-0-40-2 F.Reza– 9-1-51-2

Bangladesh– 174/10 in 38.3 Overs

R.Hasan- 52 Nazimuddin– 47

M.Muralitharan– 10-1-31-5 A.Medis – 7.3-0-29-2

Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh Highlights



 

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