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Tillakaratne Dilshan hits ton as Sri Lanka beat Tigers

One-day international, Dhaka: Sri Lanka 261-3 (44.5 ovs) bt Bangladesh 260-7 (50 ovs) by seven wickets

Tillakaratne Dilshan
Dilshan made his international debut for Sri Lanka in 1999

A century from Tillakaratne Dilshan helped Sri Lanka to a seven-wicket win against Bangladesh in the opening match of the triangular series in Dhaka.

Sri Lanka picked up four wickets for nine runs in four overs, but Mohammad Ashraful struck his 20th one-day 50.

Replying to Bangladesh's 260-7, the Sri Lankans lost Upul Tharanga in the fourth over but Dilshan shared 148 with skipper Kumar Sangakkara who made 74.

Dilshan fell after 12 fours in his 104 but his team won with 31 balls left.

The first one-day international of the decade saw an inexperienced Sri Lankan bowling attack with four bowlers who had played five ODIs or less.

Left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal was dropped on 11 by Nuwan Kulasekara off his own bowling but went on to hit four fours in an over off Welegedera, three after being struck on the helmet by the left-arm paceman.

However, his was the second wicket to fall in the collapse, deceived in the flight by Dilshan and comfortably caught at mid-off.


Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim halted the slide with a partnership of 58 for the fifth wicket but off-spinner Suraj Randiv broke that by trapping Mushfiqur Rahim in front as he attempted to sweep.

The defiant Ashraful forged a 95-run stand with Mahmudullah which lifted Bangladesh's score beyond the 200.

Naeem Islam hit a four and two sixes from the first three balls of the final over bowled by Suranga Lakmal but the Sri Lankans soon set about their target with similar vigour.

Debutant Shafiul Islam, who was handed the new ball, leaked 25 runs from his first three overs forcing the Bangladesh skipper to opt for spin inside the first powerplay.

Both Dilshan and Sangakkara reached their half centuries within a couple of deliveries of each other but the captain steered a rising delivery from Shafiul to wicketkeeper Rahim.

Dilshan was severely hampered by a thigh injury but was still able to complete his sixth ODI century, before departing with only 19 needed.

India face Sri Lanka on Tuesday and the three teams play each other twice before the top two contest the final on 13 January.

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India & Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 2010
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