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Sangakkara celebrates after scoring his 17th ODI century
Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara smashed a sparkling century to lead his side to a comfortable 61-run win over Bangladesh in the second ODI in Mirpur.
Sangakkara was well supported by batsman Ashan Priyanjan and captain Angelo Mathews as they both scored half-centuries to give Sri Lanka an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
Mathews would have been regretting his decision to bowl first early on as opening batsman Kusal Perera was caught by Shamsur Rahman at point off the bowling of Rubel Hossain for eight runs.
Tillakaratne Dilshan also made eight runs before he was caught by Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim at mid-off off the bowling of Hossain.
Dinesh Chandimal failed to have an impact either as he was caught by Rahman at midwicket off the bowling of Sohag Gazi for nine runs.
Priyanjan and Sangakkara stabilised the innings with a 114-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Priyanjan was given out lbw off the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan.
Priyanjan’s fantastic knock of 60 came off 97 balls and included seven boundaries.
Sangakkara and Mathews kept the runs flowing with an 83-run partnership, during which Sangakkara registered his 17th ODI century, before he was caught by Mahmudullah at long-on off the bowling of Arafat Sunny.
Sangakkara’s stellar innings of 128 came off 115 deliveries and included 14 boundaries.
All-rounder Thisara Perera failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Mahmudullah at short third man off the bowling of Hossain.
Mathews ended up surpassing his half-century as Sri Lanka posted a score of 289/6 at the end of their 50 overs.
Mathews finished on 56 off 39 balls, which included six boundaries and a six.
Hossain was the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers with three wickets, while Gazi, Al Hasan and Sunny chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 290 to win, Bangladesh got off to a poor start as Rahman was caught by Sachithra Senanayake at second slip off the bowling of Lasith Malinga for a duck.
Mominul and Anamul Haque made up for the early loss of Rahman with a 55-run partnership before Mominul Haque was caught behind off the bowling of Senanayake for 15.
Anamul Haque was dismissed the very next over as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Thisara Perera for 42.
Rahim and Al Hasan stabilised the innings with a 53-run partnership before Al Hasan was caught by Senanayake at long-off off the bowling of Priyanjan for 24.
Nasir Hossain managed to make 22 runs before he was caught by Kithuruwan Vithanage at deep midwicket off the bowling of Ajantha Mendis.
Mahmudullah only made one run before he was run out by Kusal Perera.
Gazi scored seven runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Thisara Perera.
Mashrafe Mortaza mustered 17 runs before he was caught by Thisara Perera off the bowling of Mendis.
Rahim ended up making 79 off 83 balls, which included five boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Senanayake at point off the bowling of Malinga.
Bangladesh were bowled out for 228 when Rubel Hossain was caught by Angelo Perera, who was the substitute fielder, off the bowling of Senanayake for six runs.
Malinga, Senananyake, Thisara Perera and Mendis all picked up two wickets apiece, while Priyanjan snapped up one.
Rahim was extremely disappointed to have lost the series, and said: “Yeah, I guess the way the boys are getting out is really disappointing. When you get set especially while chasing 290, you should stay on.
“We were getting a couple of partnerships going with Nasir and Shakib, but we lost it. That is where we should learn from Sanga and Mathews. They batted really well. We lost a few early wickets, but we were never too far behind in the run-rate. We are playing for our country so the last match is still important and we will do our best to win.”
Mathews was ecstatic to have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead, and said: “The boys played brilliantly. We were in a spot of bother when the veteran came in to bat and [he] guided the innings wonderfully with Ashan Priyanjan.
“I’m enjoying my batting too. Getting it off the middle nicely. He [Priyanjan] bowled to me in the nets and I just couldn’t play him so the move worked today. We got a bit more time to acclimatise for the Asia cup and hopefully we do well there too.”
Sangakkara was named Man of the Match for his outstanding century, and said: “No, I didn’t know I had made 1000 runs against Bangladesh in ODIs. The wicket was pretty good and I was just trying to score as many runs as I can.
“[I] Trained hard in the nets, made sure I was clear-minded out there and I just wanted to knock it to the sweepers and pick up the singles. The side needed a big knock and I’m glad I delivered. I wasn’t worried.
“Ashan [Priyanjan] struggled a bit, but he fought it out. Angelo was the really important innings, came in and pushed things on. So did Kithuruwan.
“Just a bit of advice when he [Priyanjan] lost his focus. Keep it simple and don’t throw it away. There are time to take risks but then we needed a partnership. He’s a good player for us and if he gets his focus clear, he’s going to be a player to watch. No secret, just good focus, working hard in the nets. I’m part of a very good, young side.”