Asia Cup 2023, BAN vs SL, 2nd Match, Group B: Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by five wickets, Samarawickrama-Aslanka played match-winning innings


Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh on Thursday (31 August) in the second match of the Asia Cup. The match between the two teams was played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy. In Group-B, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and decided to bat. Bangladesh team was reduced to 164 runs in 42.4 overs. In reply, Sri Lanka achieved the target in 39 overs.

Defending champions Sri Lanka started their Asia Cup campaign with a win. In their first match of Group-B, they defeated Bangladesh by five wickets. Batting first in the match played at Pallekele International Stadium, Bangladesh team was reduced to 164 runs in 42.4 overs. Najmul Shanto played an inning of 89 runs. In reply, Sri Lanka achieved the target by losing five wickets in 39 overs. Sadeera Samarawickrama scored 54 runs and Charith Aslanka scored an unbeaten 62 runs.

After winning the toss, the Bangladeshi team came out to bat first and lost three wickets for 36 runs. Najmul Hussain Shanto scored more than half the runs for him. Najmul played an inning of 89 runs off 122 balls. He missed out on scoring a century. Apart from Najmul, no batsman could stay at the crease. Tauhid Hriday scored 20, Mohammad Naeem scored 16 and Mushfiqur Rahim scored 13 runs. Apart from these four, no batsman could touch the figure of Dahai. Tanjid Hasan zero, Captain Shakib Al Hasan five runs, Mehdi Hasan Miraj five runs, Mehdi Hasan six runs, Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur were out for zero. Fast bowler Mathisha Pathirana took four wickets for Sri Lanka. Mahish Teekshana took two wickets. Dhanayanj de Silva, Dunith Velalge and Dasun Shanaka got one success each.

In response, Sri Lanka’s start was also poor. The team had lost three wickets till 43 runs. Pathum Nissanka was dismissed for 14 runs, Dimuth Karunaratne one run and Kusal Mendis five runs. After this, Sadeera Samarawickrama and Charith Aslanka shared a 78-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Sadeera scored the third half-century of ODI career. He scored an inning of 54 runs in 77 balls with the help of six fours. Dhananjay de Silva got out after scoring two runs. Charith Aslanka scored his ninth half-century of ODI career. Aslanka remained unbeaten on 62 off 92 balls with the help of five fours and a six. Captain Dasun Shanaka remained unbeaten after scoring 14 runs. Captain Shakib took two wickets for Bangladesh. At the same time, Taskin, Shariful and Mehdi got one wicket each.

SL = 165/5 (39) Sri Lanka won by 5 wkts

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