BAN vs SL: Sri Lanka gets Malinga’s successor, Mathisha Pathirana creates havoc with stormy bowling


Pallekele: The Sri Lankan cricket team defeated Bangladesh by 5 wickets in the first match of the Asia Cup on the basis of the bowling of Mathisha Pathirana. Pathirana bowled 7.4 overs in which he took 4 wickets for 32 runs. Due to his strong bowling, the Bangladesh team was reduced to just 164 runs in 42.4 overs. After this, Sri Lanka scored 165 runs in 39 overs at the loss of 5 wickets. Pathirana was also adjudged player of the match for this victory of Sri Lanka.

Please tell that Pathirana is also being called the successor of former fast bowler Lasith Malinga due to his bowling action. Pathirana bowls almost in the same action as Malinga. Although Pathirana says that he does not copy Maling, his action becomes his own. However, Sri Lanka has got the best bowler in the form of Pathirana.

What did Shakib Al Hasan say after the defeat

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan admitted that his team did not score enough runs after their five-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup cricket tournament. Chasing Bangladesh’s target of 165, Sri Lanka shared a 78-run fourth-wicket partnership between Charit Aslanka (65 not out, 92 balls, five fours, one six) and Samaravikram (54 runs, 77 balls, six fours) Due to this, with 11 overs remaining, they won by scoring 165 runs for five wickets.

Captain Dasun Shanaka remained unbeaten after scoring 14 runs. Bangladesh were bundled out for 164 in 42.4 overs despite a half-century from Najmul Hossain Shanto (89) in front of some fine bowling from pacer Pathirana (4/32) and off-spinner Mahesh Teekshan (2/19). Shakib said after the match, ‘Yes, it was not a 300-run wicket but we needed 220 to 230 runs to stay in the match.’

Shakib also admitted that he has more responsibility with the bat in the absence of experienced Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das. “Yes there is more responsibility (in the absence of Tamim and Liton), I could not do it but we did not do well with the bat. We have a big competition in front of us.

Shakib said, ‘When his score was three for 30 (43 runs), we knew we needed a few more wickets but unfortunately we did not get them. Bowlers and spinners have been doing their job for a long time but not enough runs are being scored. Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka said he felt it was a better pitch than the number of runs Bangladesh scored.

What did the Sri Lankan captain say

Shanaka said, ‘We thought it was a better pitch than the score Bangladesh made. The bowlers lived up to the expectation. He said, ‘These wickets were used in the Lanka Premier League, so we are well aware of them.’ Shanaka credited Samaravikram and Aslanka for helping the team win on a difficult pitch. “The way Sadeera fielded on a difficult pitch, it was her day. Aslanka is a good sign for Sri Lankan cricket.

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