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Mahela, Tharanga blast SL to 9-wicket win

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Mahela Jayawardene Idea CupOpeners Mahela Jayawardene and Upul Tharanga blasted centuries to ease Sri Lanka to a 9-wicket win with 43 balls to spare in the fourth match against hosts Bangladesh. Sri Lanka winning the toss and electing to field first had restricted the homeside to 249 for 9.

Having got to a decent 199 for 4, Bangladesh had a disastrous batting powerplay taken in the 43rd over which saw them lose as many as five wickets to lose all the momentum! None of the batsmen could register a half century. Skipper Shakib Al Hasan top scored with a slow 47 from 75 balls. Raqibul Hasan came up with 43 from 71 balls and opener Imrul Kayes batted well for his 42 (from 54 balls with 4 fours and a six). The Tigers started in a hurry but lost their way when Tamim Iqbal (21 from 22 balls with 2 fours and a six) shuffled far too across to miss a sweep off a Suraj Randiv full delivery in the 8th over.

Wicket Keeper Mushfiqur Rahim played a sweet cameo of 32 from 22 balls which included two slog sweeps for sixes. Last match hero Mahmudullah remained unbeaten on a subdued 24 from 24 balls as the Tigers just managed to bat out all the overs. Suraj Randiv bowled brilliantly for his 10-1-40-2. Kulasekara did extremely well during the batting powerplay which included a swinging yorker that cleaned up Naeem Islam.

The Sri Lankan openers – Mahela Jayawardene (108 from 117 balls with 13 fours) and Upul Tharanga (118 from 126 balls with 18 fours) put on 215 for the opening wicket in 37.5 overs. Jayawardene was dismissed nicking a top spinner from Naeem Islam.

Batting was way too easy because of the dew and the trend is going to continue in the remaining matches. The Man of the Match award was given to Upul Tharanga who notched up his 8th ODI hundred already while a vastly experienced Mahela could only get to his 12th century.

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