(CTN News) – At the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi, India, on Monday, the Bangladeshi cricket team defeated Sri Lanka by three wickets in the 38th match of the ICC World Cup 2023 and eliminated the Islanders from the tournament.
In a decisive 169-run partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Najmul Hossain Shanto, the Bangladesh skipper and Najmul Hossain Shanto orchestrated Bangladesh’s second victory in the tournament. The partnership helped them get close to the 280-run target, which was eventually chased down in 41.1 overs.
Due to dew on the outfield, it was exceedingly difficult for the Islanders to defend the target, making it extremely difficult for them to take wickets as a result.
As Shakib was dismissed for 82 runs by Angelo Mathews in the 32nd over, he gestured towards an imaginary watch in reference to an incident that occurred earlier in the innings, as he celebrated the dismissal.
Immediately after Shakib’s dismissal, the Tigers began to pick up wickets rapidly, indicating for a moment that the Islanders could be on the verge of a resurgence. As a result, it was Towhid Hridoy who ultimately secured the win for the Bangladeshi team.
There have been three defeats against Sri Lanka in the past, but Bangladesh’s victory over the Islanders was the first victory over the Islanders in the history of the World Cup for Bangladesh.
After batting first, Sri Lanka suffered an early setback when Kusal Parera left the field on the last ball of the first over, leaving the team at 5-1 after the first over.
The opener Kusal Mendis and the wicketkeeper Pathum Nissanka then steadied the innings, building a 61-run partnership after the first innings ended in a loss.
During the course of the innings, Mendis scored 19 runs before losing his wicket, while Nissanka fell short of his fifty runs, as he was dismissed by Tanzim Hasan Sakib after scoring 41 runs during the innings.
As the team was at 72-3 in 12.4 overs, Sri Lanka faced a challenging phase until another 63-run partnership offered some respite to the team.
There was an incident that occurred after Sadeera Samarawickrama lost his wicket in the 25th over, as the veteran Angelo Mathews came to bat and became the first-ever cricketer to be timed out in the history of the game.
The strap of Mathews’ helmet broke just as he was about to take a strike. It was during this wait that Shakib appealed to the umpires, who ultimately ruled that the batter had been timed out since the former Sri Lanka captain had requested a new helmet.
There is no doubt that Charith Asalanka displayed remarkable resilience following this unfortunate incident, scoring a century that propelled his team to a total of 279 runs as a result of this unfortunate event.
The remarkable innings by Asalanka included 11 boundaries, six fours, and five sixes. He was assisted by Dhananjaya de Silva, who scored 34 runs, and Maheesh Theekshana, who scored 21 runs.