Asia Cup 2023 Match 2 Highlights: Sri Lanka’s Impressive Win Over Bangladesh

Asia Cup 2023 Match 2 Highlights: Sri Lanka’s Impressive Win Over Bangladesh: 

In the second match of the Asia Cup between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka emerged victorious with a strong performance. While Bangladesh won the toss, throughout the match, they seemed to lag behind Sri Lanka in every aspect of the game. Choosing to bat first after winning the toss turned out to be a costly decision for Bangladesh. From the openers to the last batsmen, the Bangladesh team didn’t seem well-prepared for the Asia Cup tournament.

Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh

Except for Nazmul Hussain Shanto, no Bangladeshi batsman managed to score more than 20 runs. In fact, they struggled to stay at the crease for long. Nazmul Hussain Shanto was the standout, scoring the highest with 89 runs off 122 balls. If we exclude his runs, the rest of the Bangladeshi team contributed only 75 runs.

Despite having renowned players like Bangladesh’s captain Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, the team’s performance disappointed their fans. Despite having a strong team, Bangladesh couldn’t even complete 50 overs and were all out for just 164 runs. While experience favored Bangladesh, their performance fell short compared to Sri Lanka.

In this match, Sri Lanka’s young fast bowler, Mathisha Pathirana, played a crucial role, taking four important wickets for 32 runs in 7.4 overs, including the wickets of Shakib and Rahim. The 20-year-old bowler signaled his impact by dismissing Shakib in his very first over. Watching Mathisha Pathirana, often called “Baby Malinga,” bowl in this match felt like Lasith Malinga himself was on the Sri Lankan team.

Sri Lanka’s response to the 165-run target didn’t start well, losing three key wickets for just 43 runs. However, Sadira Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka turned the game around with a fantastic partnership of 78 runs for the fourth wicket. They brought Sri Lanka closer to victory. When Sri Lanka reached 121 runs, Sadira Samarawickrama was dismissed after scoring 54 runs. Dhananjay, who came in at number six, only managed 2 runs. Nevertheless, Charith Asalanka, along with the rest of the team, secured the win for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka not only won the match but also shattered Bangladesh’s pride, which they had been using to try and dominate Sri Lanka. During the game, there were heated moments between the Bangladesh and Sri Lankan players. Rahim even refused to leave the crease after being dismissed, but Pathirana’s exceptional bowling sent him back in the very next over. After the match, there was visible happiness in the Sri Lankan camp, while the Bangladeshi camp appeared quite disheartened.

Scorecard:

Bangladesh won the toss,Choosing to Bat First.

Innings 1

Bangladesh Batting performance:

BATTING R B M 4s 6s SR
Mohammad Naim 16 23 34 3 0 69.56
Tanzid Hasan 0 2 6 0 0 0.00
Najmul Hossain Shanto 89 122 181 7 0 72.95
Shakib Al Hasan (c) 5 11 14 1 0 45.45
Towhid Hridoy 20 41 48 0 0 48.78
Mushfiqur Rahim 13 22 41 1 0 59.09
Mehidy Hasan Miraz 5 11 16 0 0 45.45
Mahedi Hasan 6 16 21 0 0 37.50
Taskin Ahmed 0 2 7 0 0 0.00
Shoriful Islam 2 5 6 0 0 40.00
Mustafizur Rahman 0 2 2 0 0 0.00
Extras 8
TOTAL 164

Fall of wickets:
1-4 (Tanzid Hasan, 1.2 ov)
2-25 (Mohammad Naim, 7.4 ov)
3-36 (Shakib Al Hasan, 10.4 ov)
4-95 (Towhid Hridoy, 23.6 ov)
5-127 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 32.4 ov)
6-141 (Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 36.3 ov)
7-162 (Mahedi Hasan, 40.5 ov)
8-162 (Najmul Hossain Shanto, 41.2 ov)
9-164 (Taskin Ahmed, 42.2 ov)
10-164 (Mustafizur Rahman, 42.4 ov)

Sri Lanka Bowling performance:

BOWLING O M R W ECON 0s 4s 6s WD NB
Kasun Rajitha 7 0 29 0 4.14 30 5 0 1 0
Maheesh Theekshana 8.1 1 19 2 2.37 33 1 0 0 0
Dhananjaya de Silva 10 0 35 1 3.50 30 1 0 0 0
Matheesha Pathirana 7.4 0 32 4 4.17 26 2 0 3 0
Dunith Wellalage 7 0 30 1 4.28 22 2 0 0 1
Dasun Shanaka 3 0 16 1 5.33 6 1 0 0 0

Innings 2

Sri Lanka Batting Performance:

BATTING R B M 4s 6s SR
Pathum Nissanka 14 13 18 1 0 107.69
Dimuth Karunaratne 1 3 11 0 0 33.33
Kusal Mendis 5 21 39 1 0 23.80
Sadeera Samarawickrama 54 77 115 6 0 70.12
Charith Asalanka* 62 92 118 5 1 67.39
Dhananjaya de Silva 2 7 5 0 0 28.57
Dasun Shanaka (c)* 14 21 27 1 0 66.66
Extras 13
TOTAL 165/5

Fall of wickets:
1-13 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 2.1 ov)
2-15 (Pathum Nissanka, 3.3 ov)
3-43 (Kusal Mendis, 9.2 ov)
4-121 (Sadeera Samarawickrama, 29.1 ov)
5-128 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 30.6 ov)

Bangladesh Bowling performance:

BOWLING O M R W ECON 0s 4s 6s WD NB
Taskin Ahmed 7 1 34 1 4.85 25 4 0 2 0
Shoriful Islam 4 0 23 1 5.75 15 3 0 2 0
Shakib Al Hasan 10 2 29 2 2.90 41 2 0 1 0
Mustafizur Rahman 3 0 12 0 4.00 10 1 0 1 0
Mehidy Hasan Miraz 5 0 26 0 5.20 12 2 0 0 0
Mahedi Hasan 10 0 35 1 3.50 40 2 1 0 0

Result: Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 66 balls remaining)

Here are the highlights of the match:

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