T20 World Cup: Sri Lanka produce gorgeous run chase to beat Bangladesh

ICC Males’s T20 World Cup, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Bangladesh 171-4 (20 overs): Mushfiqur 57* (37), Naim 62 (52); C Karunaratne 1-12
Sri Lanka 172-5 (18.5 overs): Asalanka 80* (49), Rajapaksa 53 (31); Nasum 2-29
Sri Lanka received by 5 wickets

Sri Lanka produced a surprising run chase to beat Bangladesh by 5 wickets of their first Males’s T20 World Cup Tremendous 12s match.

Chasing 172, Sri Lanka slipped to 79-4 earlier than Charith Asalanka’s unbeaten 80 and Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s aggressive 53 from 31 balls put them on prime.

Their 86-run stand helped Sri Lanka safe victory in entrance of a vigorous crowd in Sharjah.

Bangladesh had earlier posted 171-4 from their 20 overs.

After two low-scoring video games in entrance of half-full stands, this was the match that made the match come alive.

Mushfiqur Rahim’s 67 and 62 from Mohammad Naim had helped Bangladesh put up an imposing complete.

However Asalanka, arriving together with his aspect 2-1, performed aggressively from the beginning, whereas Rajapaksa’s huge hitting swung issues Sri Lanka’s approach.

Each gamers have been dropped by Liton Das as Bangladesh faltered, with Sri Lanka profitable with seven balls to spare.

There was some pressure, with Lahiru Kumara having a heated alternate with Liton after dismissing the Bangladesh opener. A number of gamers turned concerned within the confrontation earlier than the umpires stepped in.

However that was a sidenote to the sensible 73-run stand between Naim and Mushfiqur, which thrilled the complete stadium.

Naim anchored the innings whereas Mushfiqur hit out, slog-sweeping two sixes to up the run-rate. Whereas Naim fell shortly after making his half-century, caught off a prime edge, Mushfiqur continued to speed up, citing his personal 50 from 32 balls.

Bangladesh’s complete at all times felt imposing and when Kusal Perera fell within the first over of Sri Lanka’s reply, bowled by Nasum Ahmed after lacking a sweep, it seemed as if the sport might be over shortly.

Nevertheless, Asalanka performed beautifully, hitting two sixes in three balls and concentrating on the Bangladesh spinners as Sri Lanka moved to 71-1.

Two wickets in three balls for Shakib checked Sri Lanka’s momentum – and delighted the gang – however Rajapaksa was the best foil for Asalanka., with the 2 dispatching the sixteenth over for 22 runs.

Rajapaksa was dropped on 14 by Liton on the boundary edge, but it surely was the identical man’s drop of Asalanka on 63 that proved decisive.

Bangladesh face England on Wednesday, whereas Sri Lanka play Australia on Thursday.

What they stated:

Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka: “It is actually necessary to win the primary sport of the match and so they batted rather well. It is essential that the kids step up on the proper time.

“It wasn’t the simplest goal to chase however smaller boundaries the place the batsmen can hit six, any goal is chaseable.”

Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah: “I feel our batters did a terrific job. Naim gave us an excellent begin and performed a superb innings.

“I believed 170 we may most likely defend. We have been within the sport till the tenth over however I feel we misplaced just a few possibilities.”

Participant of the match Charith Asalanka: “I am very joyful proper now. Once I confronted the primary ball it seemed like a extremely good pitch. I stated we must always play our pure sport and play our cricket photographs.

On Rajapaksa: “He was the sport changer truly. He modified the momentum and he performed fantastic photographs and altered the sport with me.”

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