With each groups coming into the match having misplaced their opening matches to Afghanistan, this was the primary knockout recreation of the multi-nation match. After their listless show of their opening matches, the Group B match in Dubai was an thrilling encounter as official hosts Sri Lanka saved their nerves as they chased the goal with 4 balls to spare.
The five-time champions pulled off the best chase of the Asian Cup in a contest on the fringe of the seat, to qualify for the Super 4.
After getting off to a superb begin with 11 runs after the opener, debutant Asitha Fernando pulled it off for Sri Lanka as he struck on his very first cross, choosing up the wicket from Sabbir Rahman (5 on 6) to cut back Bangladesh to 19/1 in 2.5 overs.
After the primary wicket, Mehidy and skipper Shakib al Hasan rebuild Bangladesh’s innings. Regardless of the early wicket, Bangladesh suffered a superb energy play, scoring 55 runs from the primary six overs for the lack of only one wicket. However Hasaranga struck within the very first a part of the ability play to interrupt the second-wicket stand of 24 balls and 39 runs. Hasaranga knocked out fly-half Mehidy (38 from 26) to cut back Bangladesh to 58/2 in 6.5 overs.
After the ability play, Bangladesh misplaced a number of wickets in fast succession. After Mehidy, Mushfiqur (4) was shortly again within the dugout as Chamika Karunaratne struck within the very subsequent. Bangladesh struggled to kind partnerships as Theekshana fended off stumps within the center to finish skipper Shakib al Hasan’s 22-ball, 24-shot strike and reduce Bangladesh to 88/4 in 10.4 overs
Mohammad Mahmudullah and Afif Hossain rebuild Bangladesh’s innings with a scintillating stand on the fifth wicket. The pair turned the sport on its head as they guided Bangladesh to a stable whole with a stand of 57 from 37. However as Afif and Hossain seemed to take Bangladesh to an enormous whole, Madushanka pulled the sport off for Lanka then that he picked up Afif Hossain’s massive wicket. After a stellar 22-ball 39, Afif handed Hasaranga a simple maintain.
Within the subsequent complete, Hasaranga returned to abduct the damaging Mahmudullah. Karunaratne made no errors in the midst of the deep wicket as Mahmudullah’s 22-ball, 27-point cameo got here to an finish. After the blistering fifth wicket stand, Bangladesh once more discovered themselves on the again foot as they misplaced fast wickets. Karunaratne struck subsequent as he picked up his second of the night time, knocking out Mahedi Hasan for simply 1 as Bangladesh have been all the way down to 159/7 in 18.1 overs.
However regardless of the common wickets, Bangladesh set a stable 183/7 tally. The final 5 overs noticed Sri Lanka drop 60 factors. After the dazzling stand from the fifth wicket, Taskin Ahmed (11 from 6) and Mosaddek Hossain (24 from 9) added 24 from 11 for the eight wicket to information Bangladesh to their highest tally within the UAE.
In response, after a gradual opening, the Sri Lankan openers made 45 runs for the opener with 33 deliveries. The openers have been navigating the chase earlier than debutant Ebadot Hossain entered the assault on the power-play finale and broke the primary stand. Nissanka (20 from 19) was picked up in the midst of the wicket as Bangladesh pocketed their first wicket to cut back.
Hossain put Bangladesh again within the recreation by taking two wickets in his first innings. After retiring the opening set, Hossain retired newcomer Asalanka (1) as Sri Lanka have been down 48/2 on the finish of six overs. The debutant continued to hassle the Lankan formation by taking one other wicket to maintain Lanka in examine. Taskin Ahmed took a cracker from a maintain as Gunathilaka went for 11 from 6. Bhanuka Rajapaksa got here on with Lanka at 67/3 in 7.4 overs.
However Rajapaksa failed to show the tide for Sri Lanka as speedy bowlers from Bangladesh as soon as once more put up a stable show. After taking a stellar maintain, Taskin collected Rajapaksa’s massive wicket as he went for simply 2 from 4 as Lanka was decreased to 77/4 from 8.5 overs.
Kusal Mendis, who obtained as much as 4 lifelines, saved the chase alive with skipper Shanaka. Mendis evoked a big half-century with 32 deliveries. Mustafizur put Bangladesh again within the recreation by ending Mendis’ stellar shot. Shakib al Hasan’s good change of pitch allowed Taskin to tug off one other beautiful catch as Mendis left after a stellar 37-ball 60 to cut back Sri Lanka to 131/5 from 14.3 overs.
Taskin delivered once more for Bangladesh by choosing up the important thing scalp from Hasaranga (2). Taskin Ahmed endured a mind-blowing day on the workplace. After an look with the bat, Ahmed represented two picked-up wickets with two very good catches. The sport was on the wire, as Bangladeshi skipper Shakib al Hasan held on his nerves as he raced Karunaratne with a direct hit as Bangladesh wanted 13 from 7. After an excellent begin, debutant Ebadot endured a troublesome end as he ran away from seventeenth runs within the penultimate.
Each side placed on an exciting competitors as Sri Lanka, who have been eight wickets behind, held on to advance to the Super 4s.
brings you Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh post-match commentary from the presentation ceremony, awards listing and man of the match:
Participant of the sport:
Kusal Mendis (SL)
Taskin Ahmed (BAN)
Dasun Shanaka (SL), profitable captain:
The intermediate interval, I assumed it was troublesome. However with me and Kusal within the center, I assumed it was doable. Our openers did an excellent job as we speak, which we missed within the earlier match. We would have liked this open partnership and it was the important thing to efficiently reaching this whole. I had considered it (promote themselves so as). However for the group, I needed to make sacrifices and are available to play the position of finisher. That is what the group wants. Asitha Fernando made two unbelievable pictures to finish the video games.
Shakib al Hasan (BAN), dropping captain:
I believe dying bowling is one thing we have to enhance on and it value us the sport. Within the final two overs they have been eight down and wanted 17 runs, and so they chased it down with 4 balls to spare, exhibiting that our bowling of dying wants to enhance, however because of Sri Lanka, they saved their nerves. We needed to choose wickets and noticed that quick bowlers choose wickets. There was stress on SL. Each time bowlers bowl, they have to execute the pictures. (T20 World Cup) In case you have a look at our final six months we’ve not been aggressive however the final two video games we have been aggressive in order that’s an enchancment and we have to work on that and loads of domains earlier than the World Cup.
Kusal Mendis, participant of the match:
The primary six overs I performed my regular recreation and continued to take action. (No ball) Immediately is my day! I got here again to bat and had a superb plan and needed to complete the sport. I did my greatest for the group. I practiced quite a bit these final six months in Sri Lanka. I do know what my group expects from me and I’ll do my greatest for the group. A giant thanks to the Sri Lankan supporters.
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