The second match of Super 4s in Asia Cup 2023 witnessed an enthralling battle between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at R. Premadasa Stadium on Saturday (September 9). The match proved to be a rollercoaster ride, with Sri Lanka ultimately emerging victorious by a decent margin of 21 runs.
Sri Lanka innings
Sri Lanka’s innings was characterized by a blend of steady partnerships and explosive strokeplay. Pathum Nissanka led the charge with a composed 40 runs, setting the foundation for his team. Kusal Mendis contributed a crucial half-century, amassing 50 runs off 73 balls. However, it was Sadeera Samarawickrama who stole the spotlight with a scintillating 93 runs off 72 deliveries and powered Sri Lanka to a fighting total of 257/9.
The Bangladesh bowlers did their part to restrict the Islander’s batting lineup, with noteworthy performances from Taskin Ahmed and Hasan Mahmud. Both Taskin and Hasan bagged three wickets each for their team. Meanwhile, Shoriful Islam also chipped in with two wickets for 48 runs.
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In reply, Bangladesh faced a daunting task but showed resilience in their pursuit. Towhid Hridoy‘s valiant 82 runs off 97 balls, supported by Mehidy Hasan Miraz‘s 28 and Mushfiqur Rahim‘s 29, kept their hopes alive. Nevertheless, the Sri Lankan bowlers, led by Matheesha Pathirana (3 wickets for 58 runs) and Maheesh Theekshana (3 wickets for 69 runs), kept striking at crucial moments. Dasun Shanaka also bagged three scalps for the Islanders.
In the end, Bangladesh’s efforts fell short as they were bowled out for 236, handing Sri Lanka a 21-run victory. Samarawickrama was adjudged ‘Player of the Match’ for his sensational batting performance in the contest.
Sri Lanka creates history
Moreover, Sri Lanka’s victory against Bangladesh also came as a historic achievement for them as they set a remarkable record with 13 consecutive ODI wins, making them the longest-winning Asian team in ODI history. Notably, only Australia (21) have more wins in the world.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Sri Lanka have done it!
They defeated Bangladesh by defending 257. A solid bowling performance by Sri Lanka, Theekshana, Shanaka and Pathirana picked 3 wickets each. pic.twitter.com/5jrh6vrAaJ
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 9, 2023
Sri Lanka’s unbeaten streak is telling all of us something…winning is a habit and they’ve developed that. Different heroes on different days. They could be the surprise package in the World Cup next month. #AsiaCup #SLvBan
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 9, 2023
Some innings that from Sadeera Samarawickrama!
Do Sri Lanka have enough on the board?
Note : Don’t go by what happened in the last game against Afghanistan, that game was in Pak , cos the pitches there are…
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) September 9, 2023
That was some show by Nasum Ahmed in the end. But even that wasn’t enough.
— Saif Ahmed 🇧🇩 (@saifahmed75) September 9, 2023
— SAAD 🇵🇰 (@SaadIrfan258) September 9, 2023
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) September 9, 2023
A fine ODI knock after a while. The finesse, the style, and the accumulation of runs, reminiscing @MahelaJay. The pulls, the cuts, dropping singles to the leg side off spinners. Mahela written all over. Let’s hope Sadeera Samarawickrama has ‘arrived’.
— Waruna Tennakoon (@warunanc) September 9, 2023
Sadeera Samarawickrama’s performance today was pure cricket magic. What a knock by him under pressure, just missed that well-deserved century but his crazy hitting while being under control had fans on the edges of their seats! #BANvSL #SLvsBAN #AsiaCup23 pic.twitter.com/B6h8T2dI9y
— Ahmad Haseeb (@iamAhmadhaseeb) September 9, 2023
Boom 💥 Matheesa Pathirana 🌪️ The Yorker King 🔥
CSK Bloods Ruled 💛
— YELLOVE Fever™ (@hajuri_janardan) September 9, 2023
Not enough runs on the board, and I thought we were out of reach for a win today. But It was the skipper showed incredible determination when it truly mattered with the ball in hand! Pathirana and Theekshana were equally outstanding today. #SLvBAN
— Praveen Namasivayam 🇱🇰 (@PravNamasivayam) September 9, 2023
— Abhisek Gupta (@ABHISTRONG) September 9, 2023
13 straight wins in ODIs, second only to the Aussies of 2003, who won 21 games at a stretch.
None against the top 6 nations but winning is a habit for SL 🇱🇰 now. They’re doing many things right.
— Damith Weerasinghe (@Damith1994) September 9, 2023
Towhid Hridoy, Remember the name…!!!!
He is just 22-year-old, a fighting knock when wickets was going at the other and then scored 82 runs from 97 balls including 7 fours & 1 six.
— The Cricket Records Show (@RecordsCricket1) September 9, 2023
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