Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by two wickets to reach Super Four is news of the day. In a winner-take-all match, Sri Lanka needed a victory by an innings and 184 runs. In Dubai, Mendis (60) and Shanaka (45) put together a crucial 54-run partnership, and the rest of the team supported them to victory with four balls to spare.
Shanaka and Mendis were dismissed in the 18th over, with the latter going for 37. But Sri Lanka’s Chamika Karunaratne (16 runs off 10 balls). And Asitha Fernando (10 not out) kept their cool to eliminate Bangladesh from the tournament. It is a tune-up for the T20 World Cup in October and November. To help Sri Lanka reach their target of eight runs in the final over, Fernando hit a four and then scored two runs off a no-ball. Mosaddek Hossain helped the team to a successful final inning by smacking 24 runs off nine balls without being struck out.
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Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by two wickets to reach Super Four
Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by two wickets on Thursday to move on to the Asia Cup Super Four stage, thanks to strong knocks from Kusal Mendis and captain Dasun Shanaka. Everyone on the Sri Lankan side was relieved to hear this news. Ebadot Hossain, a fast bowler for Bangladesh, took three wickets in four overs. But he also let the opposition score 51 runs. After Ebadot’s first over, Pathum Nissanka was dismissed for 20. After facing only three balls in Ebadot’s second over, Charith Asalanka was dismissed for a single. When Mendis was only two years old, wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim threw him out of the game. He was given a free hit after being caught behind on 29, but the ball from off-spinner Mahedi Hasan was ruled a no-ball.
After the dismissal of Danushka Gunathilaka by Eabadot, Sri Lanka’s score was 67-3, and after the dismissal of Bhanuka Rajapaksa, the team’s score was 77-4. Then, Shanaka joined Mendis in reviving the chase, and the two of them went after the opposition’s bowlers with great haste. So, in the 13th over, Shanaka blasted Ebadot for 22 runs, and Mendis hit 50 after facing 31 deliveries. Thus, when Mustafizur Rahman got Mendis out, the Tigers’ faithful went wild.
Wanindu Hasaranga and Karunaratne continued Sri Lanka’s success with the ball, taking two wickets apiece. He ensured the elimination of Pakistan. And the advancement of both Sri Lanka and Afghanistan from Group B. Also, Group A winner Pakistan will play Hong Kong on Friday, and the victor will join India in the Super Four. On Saturday, in Sharjah, the first Super Four match pits Afghanistan against Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh: Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Afif Hossain, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mosaddek Hossain. Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Ebadot Hossain.
Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (capt). Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka.