B’desh shock Lanka

Bogra, February 22:

Bangladesh produced a superb team effort to score their maiden one-day international win over Sri Lanka in the second match here on Wednesday.

Bangladesh’s four-wicket victory, their first in 16 matches against Sri Lanka, kept the three-match series alive after Sri Lanka had won the opening match by five wickets.

The home side chased a modest target of 213 with two overs to spare as youngsters Mohammad Ashraful (51) and Aftab Ahmed (32 not out) played crucial roles in Bangladesh’s 11th win in 117 one-dayers.

Bangladesh, who have beaten Pakistan, India and Australia in the past, once again showed that they are capable of competing at the international level.

Opener Javed Omar (40) laid the foundation with a solid knock and then a crucial stand of 63 runs for the fourth wicket between Ashraful and captain Habibul Bashar (33) kept them on track.

Bangladesh bowled out Sri Lanka for 212 in exactly 49 overs after a delayed start. Opener Sanath Jayasuriya struck a valiant 96 but failed to find support from other batsmen.

New-ball bowler Syed Rasel struck the first two blows for Bangladesh before spinners Kapali and Mohammad Rafique tore through the middle-order with a couple of scalps each.

Kiwis beat WI

Queenstown: An unbeaten half century by Daniel Vettori ensured a three-wicket victory for New Zealand in their one-day international against the West Indies after a top order collapse threatened to put the modest target beyond reach. The West Indies could manage 200-9 but their opening bowlers Fidel Edwards and Ian Bradshaw reduced New Zealand to 13-4 before a lower order fightback saw New Zealand safely to 204-7 and a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Both Peter Fulton (49) and wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum (45) were unlucky not to reach their half centuries after setting the New Zealand innings back on course. The West Indies stumbled to 10-2 in 10 overs. The West Indies had Wavell Hinds to thank for reaching a respectable total. Hinds top-scored with 76, while Runako Morton provided an anchor in the early and middle stages with a patient 39.