After six consecutive losses, Bangladesh finally saw the face of victory. Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Shakib Al Hasan’s great innings saw Team Tigers defeat the Lankans by 3 wickets in an eventful match. At the same time, Team Tigers kept alive the hope of qualifying for Champions Trophy 2025.
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan invited the Lankans to bat after winning the toss at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 279 runs in 49.3 overs. In response, Team Tigers anchored to victory by losing 7 wickets in 41.1 overs.
With this, Bangladesh saw their second win in the tournament. With four points in eight matches, the Tigers climbed to seventh in the table, behind the Netherlands and the Lankans in the run rate. That is the hope of qualifying for the Champions Trophy 2025 season. To play in the tournament to be held in Pakistan, the Tigers must be in the top eight of the World Cup. On the other hand, the Lankans have dropped to the eighth position in the table after playing equal matches with equal points and run rate.
Bangladesh quickly lost two wickets in the target of 280 runs given by Sri Lanka. Another failed opener. Tanjid Hasan Tamim and Liton Das are back.
Tanjid Hasan Tamim and Liton Das gave the impression of a stormy start at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. He picked up 17 runs in the first two overs. Team Tigers lost their wicket on the first ball of the third over. Tanjid Hasan caught Pathum Nishanka off Dilshan Madushanka’s ball. He returned with 9 runs in 5 balls.
Liton Das was Madushanka’s second victim for the team’s 41 runs off the second ball of the seventh over. Trapped leg before and returned with two fours and a six for 23 off 22 balls.
Then Shakib Al Hasan and Nazmul Hossain Shanto took the lead. In the 21st over, Shanto completed his fifty with a four off Angelo Mathews. Tiger’s top order touched fifty off 58 balls with eight fours.
Shakib completes his 56th career fifty by hitting Dushmanth Chamira’s delivery in the last ball of the 25th over. Shakib touched his fifty off 47 balls with seven fours and one six.
Angelo Mathews took the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan for the team’s 210 runs in 31.1 overs. The Tiger skipper was caught by Asalanka for 82 runs off 65 balls with 12 fours and two sixes.
After Shakib’s return Shanto could not stay at the crease for long. Mathews’ second victim in the 34th over was the Tiger top order. Shanto went back with the regret of not being able to complete the century after getting bowled with 90 runs from 101 balls. In this match, he completed his thousand runs in ODI career. Shanta was five runs away from a thousand runs before going down against the Lankans. Hazari reached the club in the 37th innings of his career.
Dilshan Madushanka returned Mushfiqur Rahim for 249 runs in 37.4 overs. Tiger wicketkeeper batsman scored 10 runs from 13 balls. Mahesh Thiksana sent back Mahmudullah Riyad in the next over. Riyad scored 22 runs off 23 balls.
Mahesh Thiksana made Mehdi Hasan Miraj his second victim for the team’s 269 runs in 40.1 overs. The Tiger all-rounder scored 3 runs off 5 balls. Then Tawheed Hriday ensured the victory of the team with Tanjim Hasan Shakib. Hriday remains unbeaten with 15 runs from 7 balls, Tanjim with 5 runs from 6 balls.
Dilshan Madushanka took three wickets for the Lankans. Mahesh Thiksana and Angelo Mathews took two wickets each.
Earlier, a rare incident happened in the innings of the Lankans at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. Timed-out for the first time in international cricket. Tiger captain Shakib dismissed Samarawickrama in the second ball of the 25th over. Angelo Mathews came to bat later. After some time, the veteran Lankan star had to go back without playing any ball. Mathews became the first batsman in international cricket to leave the crease after being timed out.
Mathews came on the field at the right time after the out of his teammate. Once prepared to bat. He pulled the tape to tighten the helmet before taking the batting position. Then one side of the helmet strap was torn.
Matthews then pointed to the dressing room with new helmets. Ground told the umpire that he had come in with the wrong helmet, notifying the tape tear. A teammate entered the field with another helmet for Matthews from the dressing room. At that time, Shakib applied for a time-out to the field umpire. The umpire declared Mathews out as per the rules.
According to the section 40.1.1 of the MCC Laws of Cricket, regarding ‘timed-out’, a batter is timed-out if the new batter comes to the crease and is not ready to face a ball within 3 minutes after being dismissed. That rule required Mathews to return to the dressing room without playing a ball.
However, according to the ICC World Cup rules, the time-out decision will be effective within 2 minutes of the new batter entering the field. About 5 minutes passed when the umpires gave Mathews out. In which the umpires used about a minute to give the Lankan star out.
Charith Asalanka was brilliant with the bat for the Lankans in Delhi and the Lankans capitalized on his century. Ashalanka completed his second career century with the second ball of the 48th over. He hit the century with 6 fours and 4 sixes off 101 balls. In the next over, Asalanka returned as a victim of Tanjim. Stopped playing a great innings of 108 runs off 105 balls. Shakib sent back Kasun Rajitha on the last ball of the over. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 279 with three balls left in the innings.
Tanjim Hasan Shakib took maximum three wickets for Bangladesh. Shariful Islam and Shakib Al Hasan took two wickets each. Mehdi Hasan Miraj took a wicket.