Sri Lanka claims victory against Bangladesh by 5 wickets. Chasing a target of 164 runs, the Sri Lankan team achieve the goal in 39 overs with 5 wickets remaining.
Pathum Nisanka’s dismissal for 14 runs by Shoriful Islam set the tone. The challenges persisted with Dimuth Karunaratne’s wicket at the hands of Taskin Ahmed. Bangladesh’s captain, Shakib Al Hasan, added to the pressure by removing Kusal Mendis with just 5 runs on the board.
At a critical juncture with 3 wickets down and only 43 runs scored, Sadheera Samarawickrama emerged as a key player. His resilient innings of 54 runs from 77 balls, featuring 6 fours, provided a vital anchor for the Sri Lankan team.
The partnership between Charit Sasanka and captain Dasun Shanaka steered the match toward victory. Charit’s unbeaten 62 from 92 balls, including 5 fours and a six, showcased his resolve and composure.
In an intense contest, the Sri Lankan team successfully surpassed the target set by Bangladesh within 39 overs. Bangladesh’s bowling effort was led by Shakib Al Hasan, who claimed 2 wickets for 29 runs, while Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, and Mehidy Hasan secured a wicket each.
During Bangladesh’s innings, Najmul Hossain Shanto emerged, scoring 89 runs from 122 balls, marked by 7 fours. The innings was supported by Tovid Hridoi and Mohammad Naim, who contributed 20 and 16 runs respectively. However, the Sri Lankan bowlers, particularly Matisha Pathirana with 4 wickets for 32 runs and Mahish Thiekshana with 2 wickets for 19 runs, played crucial roles in restricting Bangladesh to 164 runs in 42.4 overs.
As the Man of the Match, Matisha Pathirana’s performance was pivotal in dismantling Bangladesh’s batting lineup.