Pallekele, news agency: In the second match of ‘Asia Cup 2023’, hosts Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by 5 wickets. This is Sri Lanka’s first win in the tournament. Mathisha Pathirana who took 4 wickets was awarded the man of the match award.
Bangladesh, who batted first, were restricted to 164 runs by Sri Lanka on the strength of Pathirana, Tikshan’s bowling. Sadira Samarwickrama (54) and Charith Aslanka (62 not out) then put on a 78-run partnership for the fourth wicket. On the strength of this, Sri Lanka won the match with 66 balls to spare.
Lanka got off to a poor start as they chased home challenger Bangladesh. Taskin Ahmed gave them the first blow in the third over. Opener Dimuth Karunaratne was dismissed for just 1 run. Shoriful Islam then dismissed another opener Pathun Nisanka for 14 runs. Experienced Kusal Mendis also returned with 5 runs. He was dismissed by captain Shakib Al Hasan. At this time, Lanka was 43 for 3.
However, after this, Sadira Samarwickrama and Charith Aslanka formed a careful partnership for the fourth wicket to save the innings. Both of them put together a partnership of 78 runs to take Lanka past the hundred. However, Samarvikrama, who scored a half-century, was dismissed for 54 runs. Aslanka then led Lanka to victory with Dasun Shanka. Aslanka scored an unbeaten 62 runs. Shanka scored 14 runs not out. Sri Lanka win against Bangladesh True; But they had to play 39 overs to score 165 runs.
Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first. In the second over, Tikshan got the debutant Tanzid Hasan on the stumps. In the 8th over, Mohammad Naeem (16) was caught trying to hit the bowler Dhananjaya De Silva.
Pathirana dismissed Shakib Al Hasan (5) to give Bangladesh their third blow. Tovhid Hriday (20) and Najmul Shanto put on a 39-run partnership to stop the collapse of Bangladesh. Najmul and Mushfiqur Rahim were playing well. but,
Sri Lanka benefited from calling Pathirana back to bowl. Rahim (13) sat with a wicket. After that, the Bangladesh team returned to the tent with 164 runs. Najmul Hossain Shanto was dismissed for 89 off 122 balls with 7 fours.
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