Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh in Men’s T20 World Cup 2021

A night of full sorrows to remember for the Bangladesh fans as they couldn’t win against Sri Lanka in their first match of the Super 12 round. Despite scoring a decent total of 171, a daunting one, they just lost the game.

Sri Lanka not only won the game, but they did also make a record of successfully chasing down the highest total in the Men’s T20 World Cup. Their previous highest was 165 against New Zealand.

The fiery knock from Charith Asalanka and terrific batting performance from Bhanuka Rajapaksa helped Sri Lanka seal their first victory to get two points on the board in their Super 12 round.

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The duo used the shorter boundary quite nicely and cleverly. Both the batsmen struck 8 sixes and 8 fours.

Before playing this match, Asalanka’s strike rate was nearly 120, not an impressive one in this format. Sri Lanka was looking for a batsman to be suited at number 3.

Coming at no 3 during the first over following Kusal Perera’s dismissal allowed him to play fearless cricket. He used the powerplay along with his partner Nissanka which gave the foundation towards this victory.

For once it felt Sri Lanka was out of the game when they slid from 79 for 1 to 79 for 4. This happened as Shakib made a double strike in his second over of the spell. Though Shakib couldn’t make his presence felt with the bat.

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First strike in Sri Lankan Innings | Business Standard

Later that moment, Bangladesh was unable to tighten the Sri Lankan batting. Rajapaksa came in when Hasaranga went for a duck. He started slowly but changed his gear while Afif Hossain came into the attack.

This was one of the turning points of the match and the worst captaincies from the skipper Mahmudullah. Afif conceded 15 runs in that one over while Shakib, Mustafizur, Saifuddin – the main bowlers, had enough overs to fulfill the quota.

Some worst decisions from the skipper along with two crucial dropped catches from Liton Das helped the Sri Lankans take the game away from the Tigers.

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Asalanka, Rajapaksa played in style | t20worldcup

No matter how they won, after all, it’s a memorable win for Sri Lanka.

The player of the match was declared to Charith Asalanka for his unbeaten knock of 80 runs from 49 balls. Here is what he said:

“Happy that I could help Sri Lanka win the game. It looked like a very good pitch when I walked out to bat, so I tried to play my shots. Rajapaksha was the game-changer, he played a few wonderful shots. I want to keep this up and keep winning games for my country.”

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