SriLankans mass up a big total in front of a hapless Bangladesh
Sanath Jayasuriya hit 130 off 88 balls on Monday and Kumar Sangakkara got his third century in four matches as Sri Lanka scored an impressive 332-8 against Bangladesh in the Super Four game of the Asia Cup.
Opener Jayasuriya smashed 16 fours and six massive sixes in his 26th one-day international century.
Sangakkara made 101 against Bangladesh in the group match and scored a match-winning 112 against Pakistan on Sunday. He once again anchored the batting with 121 off 128 balls before he was bowled by left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak in the 45th over. Sangakkara hit 16 fours and a six.
Bangladesh’s bowlers had no answer as both left-handers shared an Asia Cup record opening stand of 201 runs off 169 balls. The previous record was 191 between Avishka Gunawardene and Jayasuriya – also against Bangladesh – in the last Asia Cup at Colombo in 2004.
Bangladesh hit back late in the innings but Jayasuriya and Sangakkara had done enough damage at the top of the order to take Sri Lanka past the 300-run mark.
Jayasuriya dominated the opening partnership with his trademark hitting that included six off paceman Mashrafe Mortaza over point and he got his half century off 31 balls with six fours and four sixes.
His second 50 came off only 24 deliveries and included another eight fours and a six before escaping when wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim was unable to hold onto a sharp edge behind the wickets.
Under hot and humid conditions, Jayasuriya – celebrating his 39th birthday – was neatly caught at deep cover by Tamim Iqbal in the 28th over of part-time spinner Alok Kapali.
Mahela Jayawardene (22), who won the toss and elected to bat first, and Chamara Kapugedera (1) lost their wickets while hitting out.
Kapali (2-40) and Farhad Reza (2-51) were the pick of Bangladesh bowlers while Razzak (1-71) and Mortaza (1-78) conceded over seven an over.
DMK organises bullfight; one dead, 100 injured
A 28-year-old man was gored to death and over 100 people injured during a Jallikattu, organised by the ruling DMK in Tiruchi on Sunday.
The party had organised the traditional bull-baiting sport in Tamil Nadu, as part of the month-long celebrations of DMK President M Karunanidhi’s birthday that fell on June 3.
The 28-year-old man died after being gored by a bull at Tiruchi’s Anna Stadium. Reports suggest that the Supreme Court’s directives on the sport were flouted at the arena.
Naxals kill 38 elite Greyhound cops in Orissa
Thirty six personnel of Andhra Pradesh’s elite anti-naxal force are feared drowned after Maoists on Sunday opened fire on a boat carrying the security personnel.
The boat was carrying 64 people which included one Orissa police constable and two boatmen when Naxals unleashed heavy gunfire from a hilltop in Malkangiri district.
Orissa police chief Gopal Nanda said the firing took place near Alampetta village when the elite Greyhound force was sailing to Chirakonda across the Balimela reservoir on the border with Andhra Pradesh for a joint operation against the Maoists.
‘Inflation will put Govt on defensive during polls’
As a condition for granting this interview, Finance Minister P Chidambaram demanded the right to clear it as well as deny clearance without citing reasons. CNN-IBN was forced to agree otherwise the interview would not have happened. But the final take is being broadcast exactly as recorded and the Finance Minister did not ask for any change.
Spain stun Germany 1-0, win Euro 2008 final
Fernando Torres finally lived up to his billing as one of the world’s great strikers by scoring to give Spain a 1-0 win over Germany in the European Championship final on Sunday.
Torres, who had been overshadowed by teammate David Villa all tournament, scored in the 33rd minute to down the three-time European champions and earn his nation’s first major title in 44 years.
Karat charts out divorce plan, Cong-SP marriage imminent
CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat on Saturday spelt out the Left’s separation plan, ending any hope the Government may have had of finding a middle path to break the nuclear impasse.
The fait accompli from the CPM came just a day after the Congress leadership put its weight behind its Prime Minister on the deal.
Land row: BJP calls for Jammu bandh today
A day after state Governor N N Vohra revoked the order to transfer over 100 acres of forestland to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), various political parties based in the Hindu-dominated Jammu region have strongly reacted against the decision.
Government takes back land for Hindus
Authorities in Indian Kashmir have reversed a decision to hand over land in the Muslim-majority region to Hindu pilgrims following a week of violent protests. That decision provoked a week of serious rioting in and around the Kashmir valley’s main city of Srinagar, with three protesters killed and around 300 people injured.
54 security men feared drowned in Maoist attack in Orissa
As many as 54 security personnel were feared drowned Sunday in a Maoist attack on a reservoir in the eastern Indian state of Orissa. The incident occurred in Orissa’s southern district of Malkangiri, where the boat carrying the security personnel came under Maoist attack. Of the 64 security personnel on board, eight managed to swim ashore with bullet injuries while a search operation was launched to trace the missing policemen.
The security personnel were on their way to carry out an operation against the Maoists along Orissa’s border with Andhra Pradesh, a southern Indian state.