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Bangladesh Edges Sri Lanka In Thrilling T20 World Cup 2024

Mustafizur Rahman also played a significant role, using his slow cutters to perfection to finish with impressive figures of 3/17.

Pathum Nissanka was Sri Lanka’s lone warrior, scoring 47 off 28 balls. The only other notable contribution came from Dhananjay de Silva who managed 21 runs. This highlighted the overall batting struggles of the Sri Lankan team.

Bangladesh reaction and middle order collapse

Chasing a modest target, Bangladesh appeared to be in control, with Towhid Hridoy leading the charge. Hridoy smashed 40 off 20 balls, including four towering sixes, to form a vital partnership with Litton Das, who scored a steady 36 off 38 balls.

However, the game took a dramatic turn when Nuwan Thusara’s brilliant spell of 4/18 brought Sri Lanka back into contention. Bangladesh lost five wickets for 21 runs, stumbling to 113/8, still needing 12 runs to win.

Mahmudullah’s experience seals the victory

In a thrilling finish, veteran Mahmudullah Riyad showed his experience and composure. Batting at No.7, Mahmudullah hit the decisive six off Dasun Shanaka in the penultimate over to guide Bangladesh to victory. He remained unbeaten on 16 off 13 balls and ensured Bangladesh crossed the finish line with two wickets in hand.

Post-match reactions

Reflecting on the match, Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto acknowledged the tough chase but praised his team’s resilience. «I think they played really well, but with a goal like that we should have won easily.

I don’t think we batted well,» admitted Shanto. He also praised Litton Das for his efforts to overcome his poor form and Hridoy for his fearless batting.

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Sri Lankan captain Wanindu Hasaranga expressed his disappointment with his team’s performance, especially the batting collapse. “Our batsmen batted really well in the first 8-10 overs. After that, in the middle overs, I think we batted poorly.

“We all know that our bowling attack is our strength and if the batsmen can put 150-160, our bowling attack can win games” said Hasaranga, stressing the need for a better batting display in the upcoming matches.

Looking ahead

With defeats against South Africa and now Bangladesh, Sri Lanka’s chances of advancing to the Super 8 from Group D have taken a serious hit. On the other hand, Bangladesh, who suffered several losses to newcomers USA before the tournament, will draw strength from this triumph as they prepare for the Netherlands and Nepal.

This tense encounter sets the stage for an exciting one T20 World Cupwith Bangladesh eager to build on their winning momentum and Sri Lanka looking to regroup and bounce back in their remaining matches.

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