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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Bangladesh innings

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.

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