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Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, 2nd Match, Group B at Kandy, Aug 31 2023, Asia Cup

RESULT
2nd Match, Group B (D/N), Pallekele, August 31, 2023, Asia Cup
(39/50 ov, T:165) 165/5

Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 66 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
4/32
matheesha-pathirana
Match centre 
Scores: Sudeep Poojar | Comms: Sreshth Shah
Scorecard summary
Bangladesh 164/10(42.4 overs)
Sri Lanka 165/5(39 overs)
end of over 397 runs
SL: 165/5CRR: 4.23 
Charith Asalanka62 (92b 5x4 1x6)
Dasun Shanaka14 (21b 1x4)
Taskin Ahmed 7-1-34-1
Mahedi Hasan 10-0-35-1

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Matheesha Pathirana is the POTM: "(Feeling of getting POTM in an ODI) This is my first man of the match title for my country, so really happy about it. (T20 skills in ODIs) Slower balls are important, that's why I took wickets in the death. Useful skill from T20s to fifty overs. My bowling is different so a little unpredictable."

Dasun Shanaka, the winning captain: "We thought it was a better pitch than the score Bangladesh scored. The bowlers stood up. (Wickets) The wickets are being used in the LPL so we all know.... (Sadeera and Asalanka) Tricky surface. Sadeera, the way he fielded, it was his day. Asalanka is good signs for Sri Lanka cricket."

10.02pm We'll hear from the winning captain and Player of the Match shortly.

Shakib Al Hasan, losing captain: (Not enough runs?) Yes, it was not a 300 wicket, but we needed 220-230 runs to make a game. (Responsibility of his batting with no Tamim and Litton) Yes more responsibility, I couldn't do it, but as a batting effort we didn't do well. We have a big game coming up. (Captaincy in bowling effort) When they are 30 down for 3, we knew we needed a couple of more wickets, but unfortunately we didn't get that. Bowlers and spinners have been doing their bit for a long time now, just not enough runs on the board. (Positives for crunch games) There are lot of nerves when we started the game but as we kept on batting, in the 20th over, we felt lot more comfortable. This is the first time playing Asia Cup and in away conditions."

Sadeera Samarawickrama: (Came in at a difficult situation) We were two wickets down early so my plan was to bat positive but also continue my batting because we needed partnerships. (Conditions) Batting was not easy on this wicket - we saw for both teams. Spinning and bit slow to fast bowlers but I just backed myself. That's it. (Driving off the front foot and pull shots) I have always backed my strength, that's my strength in batting. I work hard for that, so any situation I back these shots."

9.51pm This is the 11th consecutive win for Sri Lanka in ODIs. A convincing win for Sri Lanka sets them atop Group B, the group of death, while Bangladesh know that their game against Afghanistan on Sunday is now a must-win. A game played in good spirits, no dance moves displayed on the field atleast.

The positives for Bangladesh were Shanto's well-built innings and their fielding effort. Otherwise, Sri Lanka were too hot on the day, and also showed their bowling bench strength is very strong too. Pathirana's four-for led their bowling effort, but Theekshana, de Silva and Wellalage were great too. And then, despite an early hiccup, Sri Lanka rebuild on the back of a strong partnership from Samarawickrama and Asalanka. Both batters finished with half-centuries, a confidence booster ahead of their next game on Tuesday against Afghanistan.

38.6
4
Taskin to Asalanka, FOUR runs

finishes it with a four - Sri Lanka cruise to a five-wicket win! Length ball pulled behind square and beats the fielder in the deep. Asalanka with the pleasure of the winning runs and also remaining not out.

38.5
1
Taskin to Shanaka, 1 run

full on leg, pace off this time. Nurdled towards midwicket gently for a single

38.4
Taskin to Shanaka, no run

short of length ball outside off stump. Left alone, genuinely good carry to the keeper

38.3
Taskin to Shanaka, no run

good length ball on off and he flicks it leg side. Taskin appeals for lbw, and the umpire says no. Presumably the umpire thought bat first, if not bat alone. But Bangladesh review - why not, nothing to lose Replay shows it thudded into the pad. NO BAT! So ball tracking now.... and its "umpire's call" on height, just clipping top of middle. Shanaka survives, Bangladesh keep the review.

38.2
1
Taskin to Asalanka, 1 run

drags a pull to the leg side off this length delivery

38.1
1
Taskin to Shanaka, 1 run

short of length around off. Tucked off his waist towards midwicket for a single

Taskin.

end of over 388 runs
SL: 158/5CRR: 4.15 RRR: 0.58 • Need 7 from 72b
Charith Asalanka57 (90b 4x4 1x6)
Dasun Shanaka12 (17b 1x4)
Mahedi Hasan 10-0-35-1
Mehidy Hasan Miraz 5-0-26-0
37.6
Mahedi Hasan to Asalanka, no run

good length ball on off. Opens the bat's face and cuts to point

37.5
Mahedi Hasan to Asalanka, no run

full ball around off stump and defended off the front foot

37.4
6
Mahedi Hasan to Asalanka, SIX runs

he wants to finish this game off in style. And also ruin Mahedi's figures. Length ball on off and Asalanka rocked back in his crease before muscling a pull over deep midwicket.

37.3
Mahedi Hasan to Asalanka, no run

full ball on off stump. Defended forward

37.2
1
Mahedi Hasan to Shanaka, 1 run

full ball on middle, and worked off his pads to short fine leg

37.1
1
Mahedi Hasan to Asalanka, 1 run

good length ball on middle. Tucked off his pads to deep square leg

end of over 375 runs
SL: 150/5CRR: 4.05 RRR: 1.15 • Need 15 from 78b
Dasun Shanaka11 (16b 1x4)
Charith Asalanka50 (85b 4x4)
Mehidy Hasan Miraz 5-0-26-0
Mahedi Hasan 9-0-27-1
36.6
Mehidy Hasan Miraz to Shanaka, no run

full ball on middle, and flicked off his pads to square leg

36.5
4
Mehidy Hasan Miraz to Shanaka, FOUR runs

down the track and he clobbers this full ball over Mehidy's head! Easy as. The swift dance down the track made all the difference

Satya: "@34.2 which Tamim?" -- The debutant Tamim Tanzid Hasan. Tamim is the nickname for Tanzid Hasan.

36.4
1
Mehidy Hasan Miraz to Asalanka, 1 run

a misfield helps him get to fifty. He blocked this towards cover, but the fielder misfields, allowing them an afterthought single

36.3
Mehidy Hasan Miraz to Asalanka, no run

defended

36.2
Mehidy Hasan Miraz to Asalanka, no run

full ball outside off, and cut to point

36.1
Mehidy Hasan Miraz to Asalanka, no run

full ball outside off and he defends to the off side

end of over 362 runs
SL: 145/5CRR: 4.02 RRR: 1.42 • Need 20 from 84b
Dasun Shanaka7 (14b)
Charith Asalanka49 (81b 4x4)
Mahedi Hasan 9-0-27-1
Mehidy Hasan Miraz 4-0-21-0
35.6
Mahedi Hasan to Shanaka, no run

good length ball around off and blocked off the back foot

35.5
Mahedi Hasan to Shanaka, no run
Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
Najmul Hossain Shanto
89 runs (122)
7 fours0 six
Productive shot
pull
22 runs
4 fours0 six
Control
76%
KIC Asalanka
62 runs (92)
5 fours1 six
Productive shot
pull
17 runs
2 fours1 six
Control
90%
Best performances - bowlers
M Pathirana
O
7.4
M
0
R
32
W
4
ECO
4.17
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
2W
1W
M Theekshana
O
8
M
1
R
19
W
2
ECO
2.37
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
2W
Match details
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
TossBangladesh, elected to bat first
Series
Season2023
Player Of The Match
Match numberODI no. 4629
Hours of play (local time)15.00 start, First Session 15.00-18.30, Interval 18.30-19.10, Second Session 19.10-22.40
Match days31 August 2023 - daynight (50-over match)
ODI debut
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsSri Lanka 2, Bangladesh 0
Language
English
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Asia Cup
Super Four
TEAMMWLPTNRR
IND32141.753
SL3214-0.134
BAN3122-0.463
PAK3122-1.283
Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
PAK21034.760
IND21031.028
NEP2020-3.572
Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
SL22040.594
BAN21120.373
AFG2020-0.910