Melbourne: Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara, playing in his 400th ODI, hit strokeful centuries to power Sri Lanka to a comfortable 92-run victory over Bangladesh in a Group A match of the cricket World Cup here on Thursday.
Electing to bat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Sri Lanka rode on Dilshan’s 161 and Sangakkara’s 105 to notch up a formidable 332 for one in the stipulated 50 overs.
The islanders, winner of the 1996 edition, then bowled out Bangladesh for 240 in 47 overs to register their second win in three matches. They had lost to New Zealand in the their tournament opener but regrouped to beat Afghanistan before today’s result.
Sangakkara became the fourth cricketer to appear in 400 ODIs.
After the Dilshan-Sangakkara duo laid a solid foundation with a 210-run unbeaten partnership for the second wicket, experienced pace spearhead Lasith Malinga (3/35) led the bowling unit admirably to complete an all-round display by the runner-up of the previous tournament.