SL maul Tigers
Kumar Sangakkara hit a brilliant century to help Sri Lanka down Bangladesh by 131 runs in their Group A Asia Cup match here on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old left-hander notched 101 for his seventh one-day hundred to propel the defending champions to 357-9 before restricting Bangladesh to 226-7 in 50 overs.
Bangladesh were never on target as they lost opener Nazimuddin and captain Mohammad Ashraful by the 10th over. Only Mushfiqur Rahim (44) and Rokibul Hasan (35) offered some resistance during their fourth wicket 78-run stand in an otherwise disappointing batting display.
Mashrafe Mortaza (34) and Abdur Razzak (22) added 49 for the unbroken eighth wicket stand but it was too late.
Sri Lanka, who were surprisingly asked to bat first on a flat wicket after Mohammad Ashraful had won the toss, were indebted to Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya, who made 72. Chamara Kapugedera smashed a 67-ball 74.
Sangakkara hit 16 boundaries during his 91-ball knock and shared a 116-run stand for the opening wicket with Jayasuriya as the Lankans went on the rampage from the word go.
The left-handers matched each other stroke for stroke as Sri Lanka completed 100 by the 14th over before left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak ended Jayasuriya's innings, bowling him with a straighter one. Jayasuriya hit 10 boundaries and three sixes during his fiery 47-ball knock.
Sangakkara, who hit five boundaries in Dolar Mahmud's third over, added 54 runs for the second wicket with Mahela Jayawardene but so one-sided was his domination during their partnership that his skipper managed just six.
Sangakkara finally holed out off medium pacer Mahmudullah Riyad in the 28th over and passed the baton to Kapugedera. Kapugedera, who hit five fours and two sixes, and Chamara Silva (19) added 53 more runs for the fourth wicket.
Razzak finished with 3-55. Mahmud conceded 49 runs off just three overs.