The SL vs BAN result in the second match of the Asia Cup 2023 also turned out to be a one-sided encounter much like the one between Pakistan and Nepal.
Sri Lanka came out victorious in the clash courtesy of a stunning bowling performance in the first innings. Despite not having four of their first-choice bowlers, due to injury, Sri Lanka put on a brilliant effort after losing the toss and restricted Bangladesh to a meagre total of 164.
For Bangladesh, only Najmul Hossain Shanto played a lone fighting hand in tough conditions with a score of 89 off 122 balls with seven fours to his name. Apart from him, only three batters – Mohammad Naim (16), Towhid Hridoy (20) and Mushfiqur Rahim (13) reached double figures as Bangladesh were skittled for just 164 runs.
Matheesha Pathirana was the most successful bowler for the Lankans, picking up four wickets while Maheesh Theekshana returned with a couple.
The chase of 165 runs shouldn’t have been as tough as it was for Sri Lanka. But Bangladesh bowled well keeping the run-scoring in check right through with regular strikes.
But after being 43/3, Sadeera Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka slammed calm half-centuries to take the team home with 11 overs and five wickets in hand.
SL vs BAN result: Sri Lanka win by 5 wickets
Sri Lanka were clinical right through the match and are on top of the table in Group B now. Thanks to their comfortable win, their net run-rate of +0.951 keeps them in good stead going into the final league game against Afghanistan on September 5.
- Sri Lanka have dismissed the opponent for the 11th consecutive time in ODIs, the most for any team in the format. This is also their 11th consecutive win in ODIs, their longest streak in the 50-over format.
- Pathirana was the star for Sri Lanka returning with figures of 4/32 in 7.4 overs.
- Shanto held the innings well for Bangladesh with his 89-run knock despite wickets falling at regular intervals at other end.
- Apart from Pathirana, Theekshana was the best bowler for Sri Lanka as he accounted for an early wicket and then came back to dismiss a brilliant Shanto. He conceded only 19 runs in 8 overs.
- Asalanka (62*) and Samarawickrama (54) notched up fine half-centuries as Sri Lanka stuttered in the small chase.
Man of the Match | SL vs BAN result
Pathirana was the star of the match for Sri Lanka as he picked up four wickets. He was the fourth bowler to be introduced into the bowling attack and nipped out the Bangladesh skipper Shakib in his very first over.
His variations in lengths also led to Rahim getting holed out in the deep. Pathirana, with his slingy action, was extremely tough to pick with his variations in the death overs. Thanks to him, Bangladesh’s tail didn’t wag for long as the youngster sent back Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahim in a space of three deliveries to restrict the rivals.