It can be thought that Bangladesh won the match in World Cup cricket, but there is no euphoria. Where the players are supposed to be cheering in the joy of winning the match, the opposite has happened. Even after winning the match, none of the cricketers of Bangladesh could smile. As Shakib shakes hands with the Sri Lankan cricketers near the boundary on their way back to the dressing room from the ground at Mumbai’s Wankheder Stadium, neither team is smiling. It was not clear who won and who lost. Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets on the TV screen in English. Bangladesh is now fighting for the Champions Trophy. Many equations have to be crossed. Before that, the win against Sri Lanka was important. That’s what Shakib did. Last match against Australia on November 11.
Both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have already ended their World Cup campaigns. The dream of going to the semi-finals has already been shattered. Millions of cricket fans in the country are disappointed with Shakib’s performance due to consecutive failures. Bangladesh led by Shakib lost 6 matches in a row after defeating Afghanistan in the first match. Bangladesh, tired of losing, saw victory in match number 8 last night. It’s a relief win. Bangladesh World Cup is over. Still, if a win can get the country’s cricketers back into rhythm, that’s not bad. After scoring a half-century against Afghanistan in the first match of the World Cup, Nazmul Hossain Shanto could not score double-digit runs in the remaining six matches. He was dismissed for 90 runs after playing 101 balls against Sri Lanka yesterday. Skipper Shakib Al Hasan was at the crease. He scored 82 runs off 65 balls. It will be a pity that both of them could not score a century. Shakib was the man of the match.
Sri Lanka’s senior batsman Angelo Mathews has been ‘timed out’. About his dismissal, Shakib said, one of our fielders came to me and said, we apply now, then Mathews will be dismissed. At that time I applied for out. The umpire asked me if I was serious. I said seriously. Because I was at war and I had to make decisions to ensure my team’s victory. If you stay within the rules, chances are worth taking. There we succeeded.’ Is it too late? Shakib said, ‘Yes, he came late.’
Bangladesh won the toss and sent Sri Lanka to bat first. Sri Lanka scored 279 runs thanks to Asalanka’s century. Shakib and Shantar’s 169-run partnership brought the smell of victory to the Bangladesh camp. Calmed 90. On the other hand, Shakib was dismissed for 82 runs. After these two were out, Bangladesh had no problem winning despite losing the wickets of senior cricketers like Mushfiqur Rahim (10), Mahmudullah (22). Bangladesh won by 282 runs after losing 7 wickets in 41 overs.