Bangladesh trump Sri Lanka amid high drama in Delhi

Bangladesh trump Sri Lanka amid high drama in Delhi

Bangladesh282 for 7 (Shanto 90, Shakib 82, Madushanka 3-69, Mathews 2-35, Theekshana 2-44) won Sri Lanka 279 (Asalanka 108, Nissanka 41, Tanzim 3-80, Shoriful 2-51, Shakib 2-57) for three wickets

Yet another chapter was written in the history of the most exciting rivalry in subcontinental cricket, with Bangladesh claiming a deserved victory against Sri Lanka, winning by three wickets and, crucially, 53 deliveries in Delhi. The margin of victory means that Bangladesh has overtaken Sri Lanka in the points table in terms of net run rate, while Bangladesh, Netherlands and Sri Lanka have four points and the three, and England, are still competing for the two remaining places at the 2025 World Championship. Champions Trophy.

This, however, was a game in which one lone incident overshadowed everything else. The now usual controversy associated with the ‘Naagin Derby’ was this time a historic first as Angelo Mathews was dismissed for time-out – the first case of a rare dismissal in international cricket.
The incident took place midway through Sri Lanka’s innings after Mathews’ faulty helmet strap meant that more than two minutes had passed since the fall of the previous wicket without the new batsman being ready to attack. Shakib Al Hasan appealed. Mathews was out.

According to the tournament’s playing conditions: “After the fall of a wicket or the retirement of a batsman, the incoming batsman must, unless time has been called, be ready to receive the ball, or the other batsman is ready to receive the ball.” next ball within 2 minutes of dismissal or retirement. If this requirement is not met, the incoming batter will be out, with time running out.”

An incensed Mathews was sent off and Sri Lanka played the rest of the match resentfully. But focusing solely on that would detract from a comprehensive and robust effort by Bangladesh and Shakib.

On an excellent batting surface, Bangladesh had sent Sri Lanka in to bat and then restricted them to 279 under par. The young, fast Tanzim Hasan managed 80 in his ten overs, largely thanks to Charith Asalanka, whose 105-ball 108 would be in vain, attacking him, but he picked up three wickets, including key wickets from Pathum Nissanka and Asalanka himself.

The rest of the bowlers, however, ensured that Sri Lanka were not allowed to let loose and with the help of some loose batting, kept their opponents in check.

Then a 169-run third-wicket stand between Shakib and Najmul Hossain Shanto underpinned their chase even as Sri Lanka became the first team in this World Cup to really struggle with the afternoon dew. Players struggled with control, while some botched captures didn’t help their cause either.

When the partnership was finally broken, the requirement was just 70, but Sri Lanka continued to pick up wickets to achieve a nervy finish. Bangladesh, however, attacked hard and remained calm to claim a hard-fought victory.