Sri Lanka see off Bangladesh despite power failure and bees

Dilshan powers Sri Lanka to victory with ton
By AFP | March 23, 2013

With floodlights not working, the match was reduced to a Duckworth-Lewis affair. © AFP

Tillakaratne Dilshan hammered an unbeaten 113 to fire Sri Lanka to an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first one-dayer, which was marked by a power failure and an invasion by bees on Saturday.

PhotoThe opener hit 11 fours in his 15th one-day century as Sri Lanka, chasing a revised target of 238 in 41 overs following the power outage, won the day-night match in Hambantota with 32 balls to spare to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Dilshan also upstaged Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal who scored an impressive 112 for his fourth one-day ton.

The match was briefly halted by a swarm of bees in the afternoon, forcing some players to lie on the ground to take cover.

The play was held up for more than 90 minutes due to the power failure, first during the Bangladeshi innings and then before the start of Sri Lanka's chase. The organisers apologised for the power failures, saying an investigation will soon be launched.

Sri Lanka got off to a flying start, as Dilshan and Kushal Perera (42) put on 106 off just 12.1 overs for the opening wicket. Dilshan then added 128 for the second wicket with Kumar Sangakkara (63).

Dilshan went for his shots from the beginning, hitting seamer Rubel Hossain for three successive fours and then smashing two boundaries in the next over off paceman Abul Hasan.

Perera also played some aggressive strokes, hitting one six and five fours in his 35-ball knock, before being caught by Nasir Hossain in the slips off the bowling of off-spinner Sohag Gazi.

Tamim, who became the first Bangladeshi to score a hundred against Sri Lanka in one-day internationals, hit one six and 10 fours to lead Bangladesh's recovery after three wickets had fallen for 63 in the opening 13 overs.

He put on 66 for the fourth wicket with Mohammad Mahmudullah (29) and 75 for the next with Nasir, who cracked three sixes and six fours in his brisk 59-ball 73 not out.

Tamim, dropped on 54 at mid-off by Mathews off seamer Thisara Perera, was run out in the 44th over, but not before helping his side post a competitive 259/8 off 50 overs.

Tamim later injured his thumb while fielding, and is likely to miss the remaining two matches.

The second one-dayer will be played in Hambantota on March 25.

© Agence France-Presse


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