WC 2003 - Record-setting Vaas gives Sri Lanka a sensational start

Published: Friday, February 14, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Pietermaritzburg (South Africa): Sri Lanka's captain Sanath Jayasuriya won the toss and sent Bangladesh to bat in the World Cup group 'B' match here on Friday.The match was off to a sensational start with left-arm medium pacer Chaminda Vaas claiming four wickets including a hat-trick off the first three balls to reduce Bangladesh to five for four in the very first over indeed a World Cup record.Vaas bowled Hannan Sarkar with the first ball, took a return catch off Mohammad Ashraful with the second and had Ehsanul Haque caught in the slips by Mahela Jayawardene with the third.New batsman Sanwar Hossain drove the fourth ball to the boundary, the fifth was a wide, before Hossain was trapped leg-before next ball.It was only the third hat-trick at the World Cup. India's Chetan Sharma claimed the first against New Zealand at Nagpur in 1987, while Pakistan's Saqlain Mushtaq took the second against Zimbabwe at the Oval in 1999.Bangladesh: Khaled Mashud (captain), Hannan Sarkar, Al Sahariar, Ehsanul Haque, Mohammad Ashraful, Sanwar Hossain, Alok Kapali, Mohammad Rafique, Manjural Islam, Tapash Baisya and Mashrafe Mortaza.Sri Lanka: Sanath Jayasuriya (capt), Marvan Atapattu, Hashan Tillakaratne, Mahela Jayawardene, Aravinda De Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Russel Arnold, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Dilhara Fernando and Prabath Nissanka.Umpires: Russell Tiffin (Zimbabwe) and Billy Bowden (New Zealand). TV umpire: Aleem Dar (Pakistan).Match referee: Gundappa Vishwanath (India).

Copyright AFP 2001

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