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Asia Cup – Bangladesh Crush Sri Lanka by 23 Runs

Asia Cup – Bangladesh Crush Sri Lanka by 23 Runs

February 29
11:05 2016

slbNew Delhi, Monday, February 29 – A victory over a powerhouse is always morale boosting. At Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, several Bangladesh fans were ready to see an interesting fight between bat and ball and happiest people in the end as the home side thrashed Sri Lanka by 23 runs. The win was unpredicted as far as potential housed by Sri Lankan players was concerned.

The Playing XI comprised wicket-keeper batsman Shakib Al Hasan, Nurul Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman and Al-Amin Hossain. Those who sat on bench to enjoy all happenings of the match were Nasir Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Abu Hider and Imrul Kayes.

Angelo Mathews led a team that looked strong as compared to the rivals having, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedera, Dasun Shanaka, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thisara Perera, Rangana Herath, Dushmantha Chameera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shehan Jayasuriya and Dinesh Chandimal. Niroshan Dickwella, Sachithra Senanayake, Jeffrey Vandersay and Lasith Malinga were the players on bench from Sri Lankan side.

As far as scoring pattern of the match is concerned then average 1st inning score is 148 and average 2nd inning score is 124. More to the point, highest total of 204 was set by the Black Caps against Bangladesh. Lowest total of 72 was put by Afghanistan in opposition to Bangladesh. 179 was the highest chased by West Indies vs. Australian cricket team, while lowest defended was 107 by Sri Lanka vs. West Indies.

Bangladesh’s innings ended on 147 for the loss of seven wicket. Despite the fact that they did not start well but managed to get a fighting total on the scoreboard after 20 overs. Mohammad Mithun was lbw by Mathews at a zero, whereas Soumya Sarkar’s catch was caught by Mathews in Kulasekara’s delivery at a naught. Sabbir Rahman was all set to play a big inning and Sri Lanka really struggled to dismiss him. When Mushfiqur Rahim was run out by Mathews at a score of 4  then Bangladesh came under pressure. Shakib Al Hasan got back in form at a right time,  giving Bangladesh required edge. Before falling short to Chameera at a score of 32 (4 x 3) after Rahman, who played a knock of 80 runs in 54 balls, together with 10 boundaries and three sixes, he helped in stabilizing innings of his team that was needed from a middle-order batsman.

Mahmudullah’s not out knock of 23 runs off just 12 balls, inclusive of a couple of fours and a biggie was of much use as well. Nurul Hasan succumbed to Chameera at 2 runs. Mashrafe Mortaza, the captain of Bangladesh was run out at 2 runs on the final delivery. All efforts to get some run paid off in the end for the reason that Sri Lanka fell 23 runs short to attain the target.

The way tourists started, it felt as if they will get the total of 148 with some overs remaining. Tillakaratne Dilshan sent the ball towards the boundary twice to score 12 runs of 9 balls. Shakib gave the first breakthrough on the first delivery of 4th over. Dinesh Chandimal was dismissed by Mahmudullah at a score of 37 that comprised four 4s as well. Shehan Jayasuriya was stumped by Nurul Hasan while playing at an individual score of 26 that included a six and two boundaries. Angelo Mathews lost his wicket to Shakib b Al-Amin at 12 runs. he struggled to put forward a kind of show he is usually known and this gets proved as he faced 20 deliveries to get that score. Thisara Perera was lbw by young man Mustafizur Rahman at 4 runs that came in 6 deliveries.

Milinda Siriwardana could not read a delivery by Mortaza and lost his wicket at 3 runs and at a time when a good partnership was need of the time. Dasun Shanaka tried lifting the pressure up by hitting a boundary. When playing at 14 runs, Al-Amin got his wicket. Nuwan Kulasekara was dismissed by Al-Amin at a naught. Chamara Kapugedera was not out at 12 runs and Dushmantha Chameera at 1 run but game was over for Sri Lanka already as overs were finished. For the loss of 8 wickets, 124 runs were scored by the travelers. The loss at the hands was a shocker for Mathews’ men who were possibly confident of logging a win. Each match is important and a squad can’t afford losing it as this can make them stay on the back foot. Now winning the contest against India in Game 7 of Asia Cup will be pivotal on March 1.


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