Kapugedera, Thushara steer Sri Lanka to easy victory

DAMDULLA: Chamara Kapugedera hit an unbeaten 67 as Sri Lanka overcame early shocks to defeat Pakistan by six wickets in the second one-day international here today.

Thilan Thushara and Muttiah Muralitharan shared five wickets as Sri Lanka bowled out Pakistan for 168 and then surpassed the target in the 44th over.

Sri Lanka were given a scare when they were reduced to 44-3 in the 11th over after losing captain Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya in the space of three deliveries. Mahela Jayawardene’s dismissal in the 23rd over made it 74-4, but the fifth-wicket pair of Kapugedara and Thilan Samaraweera (38 not out) put on 95 runs to hand the hosts a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

The tourists were bundled out in 47 overs. The 26 extras sent down by the Sri Lankan bowlers were the highest contributor in Pakistan’s innings. The tourists were reduced to 128-9 before the last pair of Mohammad Aamer (24) and Saeed Ajmal (16) added 40 runs.

Pakistan captain Younus Khan (23) was the only other batsman to pass 20 as left-arm seamer Thushara finished with 3-33 and off-spinner Muralitharan claimed 2-41. Pakistan’s gamble to play two 19-year-olds, Nasir Jamshed and Umar Akmal, in place of Mohammad Yousuf and Misbah-ul Haq backfired.

Opener Jamshed was dismissed off the first ball of the match when he chased a wide from Nuwan Kulasekera into the hands of Jayawardene at slip. Debutant Umar, younger brother of Kamran, made a promising 18 during a fourth-wicket stand of 32 with Younus when he was caught behind off Angelo Mathews.

But even the experienced batsmen failed to negotiate the Sri Lankan bowling. Shoaib Malik was trapped leg-before by Thushara and Shahid Afridi threw away his wicket with a wild slog off Muralitharan that was skied to deep mid-wicket.

Pakistan were struggling at 87-7 before Abdul Razzaq (17) and Umar Gul (14) put on 38 for the eighth wicket to lift the total past the 100-run mark. The third match will be played on Monday.

B’desh clean sweep series

BASSETERRE: Half-centuries from Junaid Siddique and Mahmudullah led Bangladesh to a three-wicket victory, and a 3-0 clean sweep of the one-day international (ODI) series over West Indies on Friday.

Siddique struck six fours in his 55 from 73 balls, and Mahmudullah, who was named man-of-the-match, hit two fours and one six in an unbeaten 51 from 70 balls to help Bangladesh overhaul a victory target of 249 in the third and final ODI at Warner Park. Mahmudullah made sure of victory when he flicked a delivery from Kemar Roach through square leg.

Bangladesh won the opening match in Dominica last Sunday by 52 runs, and the second match at the same venue on Tuesday by three wickets. Their ODI series victory followed a cleansweep of the preceding two-Test series against a home side decimated by a player boycott.

Bangladesh dismissed West Indies for 248 in 47.4 overs, after the home team decided to bat. Siddique and fellow opener Tamim Iqbal set Bangladesh on their way with a stand of 54 for the first wicket. But they slid to 133-5 in the 28th over before Mahmudullah joined Mushfiqur Rahim and added 50 for the sixth wicket. It however, took a stand of 49 for the seventh wicket between Mahmudullah and Naeem Islam which virtually pushed the Tigers over the threshold.