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Warmed up: Ahead of Asia Cup, Sri Lanka blank Bangladesh in ODIs

Kumar Sangakkara hit a fluent 128 off 115 balls (AP) Kumar Sangakkara hit a fluent 128 off 115 balls (AP)
Agence-France Presse | Dhaka | Posted: February 21, 2014 5:52 am | Updated: February 21, 2014 12:12 pm

Kumar Sangakkara continued his awesome batting form in Bangladesh as Sri Lanka won the second one-dayer by 61 runs in Dhaka to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The left-hander, who scored 319 and 105 in the second Test earlier this month after making 75 in the first Test, hit a fluent 128 off 115 balls to lift Sri Lanka to 289-6.

Bangladesh, facing a must-win situation after losing the first match, caved in under pressure and were dismissed for 228 with seven overs to spare at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

Early fight

Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 79 off 83 balls and opener Anamul Haque made 42, but none of the other batsmen settled in as Sri Lanka grabbed wickets at regular intervals. Lasith Malinga, Sachithra Senanayake, Thisara Perera and Ajantha Mendis picked up two wickets each, while part-time off-spinner Ashan Priyanjan took one.

The series win sealed Sri Lanka’s domination during the month-long tour where they won the two-Test series 1-0 and secured both the Twenty20 matches. The final one-dayer will be played on Saturday.

It was just the boost Angelo Mathews’ men needed ahead of the five-nation Asia Cup one-day tournament which opens in Bangladesh on Tuesday. Priyanjan (60) helped Sangakkara put on 114 for the fourth wicket after the tourists, who elected to bat, were reduced to 63-3 by the 13th over.

Mathews lifted the total with an unbeaten 56 off 39 balls, having added 83 for the fifth wicket with Sangakkara.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 289/6 in 50 overs (K Sangakkara 128, A Priyanjan 60, A Mathews 56*; Rubel Hossain 3/76, Arafat Sunny 1/44) beat Bangladesh 228 all out in 43 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 79, Anamul Haque 42; S Senanayake 2/33, T Perera 2/40, A Mendis 2/42) by 61 runs

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