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Fernando guides Sri Lanka to win over Bangladesh
July 20, 2007 14:31 IST
Last Updated: July 20, 2007 19:14 IST
Pace bowler Dilhara Fernando claimed four wickets for 24 to help Sri Lanka [Images] to a 70-run victory against Bangladesh in the first one-day international in Colombo on Friday.
At one stage Bangladesh were well-placed to spring an upset, on 45 for no wicket and chasing a modest 235-run target but Fernando inspired a spectacular collapse and Bangladesh were eventually bowled out for 164 in 40.3 overs.
Earlier, the Bangladeshi bowlers applied pressure after winning the toss and Sri Lanka slumped to 67 for three after the early loss of Sanath Jayasuriya (21), Kumar Sangakkara (16) and Mahela Jayawardene [Images] (two).
Upul Tharanga (57) and Chamara Silva (65) repaired the damage with an 83-run partnership for the fourth wicket, and when Tharanga's 104-ball innings ended Silva added a further 40 with Tillakaratne Dilshan (24).
Left-arm seamer Syed Rasel broke through first for Bangladesh, bowling veteran Jayasuriya with an off-cutter.
Vice captain Mashrafe Mortaza [Images] bowled a miserly opening spell, claiming one for 21 in his first eight tight overs, including the prize scalp of Sangakkara who was caught behind.
Rasel, who bowled his 10 overs straight through, then followed up with the wicket of Jayawardene who mistimed a drive and was caught at cover.