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Dilshan, Sangakkara guide SL to easy win in opening match

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Tillakaratne Dilshan scored his 6th ODI hundred at MirpurSri Lanka won the first match of the Idea Cup Tri-Series by defeating hosts Bangladesh by 7 wickets. Chasing a target of 261, Sri Lanka got there with 31 balls to spare and were unchallenged by a spin-oriented attack which was neutralized by heavy dew.

Tillakaratne Dilshan played a responsible knock of 104 (from 122 balls with 12 fours) and Skipper Kumar Sangakkara eased to a 73-ball 74 (from 10 fours) to set up the chase. Both batsmen put on 148 runs for the second wicket. Dilshan got the Man of the Match for his 6th ODI hundred. However, the opener had strained his groin during the latter part of his innings and is doubtful for the second match against India on Tuesday.

It was a no contest at all as the dew arrived in the 8th over itself of the Lankan innings! All the Lankans had to do was hit through the line without moving their feet even to the spinners.

Bangladesh after being asked to bat first had got off to a flier from openers Tamim Iqbal (40 from 46 balls) and Imrul Kayes with 65 for 1 inside 13 overs. But once the two batsmen threw their wickets, two more followed them in succession to leave Bangladesh in a miserable state on a perfect batting track.

Former Captain Mohammad Ashraful scratched around almost till the end to come up with a 94-ball 75 (with 6 fours) to stretch the Bangladeshi total. Wicket Keeper Mushfiqur Rahim (35) and Mahmudullah (45) did well to keep the scorers busy. In the end, a lovely unbeaten cameo of 22 from 9 balls (with 1 four and 2 sixes) from Naeem Islam took Bangladesh to a challenging total of 260 for 7.

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