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Sanath Jayasuriya guides Sri Lanka to five-wicket win

AP, COLOMBO

Sanath Jayasuriya grabbed four wickets and scored 24 runs to guide Sri Lanka to a five-wicket win against Bangladesh in the second one-dayer and take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series yesterday.

His haul of 4-31 made him the first player to record 10,000 career runs and 300 wickets in limited-overs internationals.

After Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and elected to field in the morning, fast bowler Lasith Malinga sparked an early Bangladesh collapse with a devastating three-wicket opening spell that led to the visitors being dismissed for a paltry 137 runs.

In reply, Sri Lanka reached the target with 18.5 overs to spare.

Opener Upul Tharanga scored an aggressive 28 runs off 25 balls including six fours before being caught by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim off fast bowler Shahadat Hossain.

Kumar Sangakkara (6) and Mahela Jayawardene (7) were dismissed cheaply while Jayasuriya faced 39 balls and hit four boundaries before being caught by Aftab Ahmed off left-arm seamer Syed Rasel for 24 runs.

Bangladesh appeared a better unit on the field and once had the hosts four down for 79. But middle order pair Chamara Silva (36) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (20 not out) shared a 57-run partnership for the fifth wicket to ensure victory.

Rasel bowled a tidy spell for Bangladesh and finished with 2-39.

Earlier, Malinga's opening burst had the visitors struggling at four down for 26 but Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful and Ahmed steadied the innings with a 61-run, fifth-wicket partnership, the highlight of an otherwise dismal batting display.

Opening batsman Shariar Nafees attempted to steer a Malinga delivery on the offside but only managed an edge to Jayawardene at slip.

Two overs later, Malinga bowled a fast yorker to Tamim Iqbal, who was beaten and bowled for three.

Rahim, promoted in the batting order, was dismissed for a duck trying to defend a rising delivery from Malinga, but wicketkeeper Sangakkara took a diving catch off the edge.

Silva dropped both Ahmed and Ashraful, but Jayasuriya broke the partnership when it started to look threatening and spurred another collapse that saw Bangladesh bowled dismissed in the 47th over.

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