Sri Lanka win Asia Cup 2023 opener against Bangladesh by five wickets on Thursday at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy. This was the first game of their Asia Cup 2023 campaign. Charith Asalanka and Sadeera Samarawickrama both got fifty runs for the winning team, which helped them win. As Sri Lanka tried to reach its goal of 165 runs, it fell to 43-3, but Asalanka and Samarawickrama added 78 runs in 119 balls to keep the Islanders on track to win.
Sri Lanka win Asia Cup 2023 opener against Bangladesh by five wickets
Samarawickrama got 54 runs with the help of six fours in 77 balls. Asalanka, on the other hand, was still not out after scoring 62 runs in 92 balls, which included five fours and a six. Bangladesh’s best bowler was their captain, Shakib Al Hasan, who took 2 for 29 in 10 overs. In the second match of the Asia Cup 2023, Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat first. They set a goal of 165 runs.
The team was out after 42.4 overs with 164 runs. Najmul Hossain Shanto scored the most runs with 89 in 122 balls. Bangladesh kept losing wickets, and only four of their bowlers could get to double digits. Matheesha Pathirana was the best of the bowlers. He took 4-32 in 7.4 overs. Sri Lanka’s team is hurt, and several important players, like all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga and pacers Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Madushanka, and Lahiru Kumara, won’t be able to play in the Asian tournament.
Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das was ruled out of the event, which was a huge blow to Bangladesh. Bangladesh is led by Shakib Al Hasan, who has been in the game for a long time. Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, and Mehedi Hassan are also veterans. Dasun Shanaka is in charge of the Sri Lankan team, which also has Kusal Mendis, Maheesh Theekshana, and Dhanajaya de Silva, all of whom have much experience.