‘We are not able to play our own good game’ Bangladeshi captains, coaches and cricketers were saying this one thing in the media. The goal was to at least bring relief to the fans after their elimination from the World Cup was confirmed. Finally it was caught by Bangladesh. Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets in an eventful match in Delhi.
There was no substitute for this win to ensure participation in the Champions Trophy. Bangladesh reached the target of 280 runs given by the Lankans with 53 balls in hand. In this victory, Bangladesh rose to the 7th position in the table with 4 points and -1.142 net run rate.
Tanjid Hasan Tamim again disappointed everyone in chasing the target. In the third over, Bangladesh’s opening pair broke for just 17 runs. He scored 9 runs off 5 balls with 2 fours. Dilshan Madushankar’s ball was caught by Nishanka and Tanjid departed. Madushanka’s brilliant ‘toe-crushing’ delivery sent Liton Das back. Bangladesh lost their second wicket by 41 runs after the departure of Lyton who was playing well. 23 runs from Lytton’s bat before leg before. Liton scored two fours and a six off 22 balls.
Then Shanto made a partnership of 169 runs with Shakib. Shakib took the catch off Mathews for seven runs. Asalanka dropped it. Asalanka took the catch from Mathews brilliantly. Shakib Al Hasan went back to it. Shakib hit 12 fours and two sixes in an innings of 82 runs off 65 balls. Bangladesh lost the third wicket for 210 runs. Shanto followed the lead of the skipper after 1 run. He is also returned by Mathews, bowled. Shanto returned to Sajghar after scoring 90 runs off 101 balls in 12 fours. Then Bangladesh reached the port of victory with Riyad’s 22, Mushfiq’s 10 and Hriday’s unbeaten 15. Madushanka took 3 wickets and Mathews and Thikshana took 2 wickets each.
Before this, Sri Lanka’s innings stopped at 279 runs with 3 balls remaining in the first innings. However, the pair of 78 runs with Dhananjay led the team towards a big collection. Asalanka batted responsibly keeping one side of the Lankan innings. 108 runs from 105 balls came from his bat. Charith hit 6 fours and 5 sixes in this innings. Tanjim Shakib took 3 wickets on his World Cup debut. Shakib and Shariful took 2 wickets each. Mirage gets a wicket.