15th Match, Group 1, Sharjah, Oct 24 2021, ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(18.5/20 ov)172/5
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
80* (49)

That's all from our side for this game. Now let's head over to India vs Pakistan in Dubai.

Mahneel: "Had the catch been taken off of Afif, the gamble would've worked and the captaincy would have been lauded. Fine margins, this game. Chin up boys, onto the next one."

Dasun Shanaka: It was not the easiest targets to chase but once batsmen are set, any target can be chased. It was an outstanding innings from Asalanka. It's very important that youngsters step up at this stage, it was really nice to see that.

Mahmudullah: I thought 171 could be defended. Liton and Naim gave us a very good start. Naim held the innings. Mushfiq played a brilliant innings. We were in the game till the tenth over. But things went wrong for us after that. We will correct that in the next game. We watched the IPL games and thought an extra spinner would help. The spinners bowled well but we missed a couple of chances. This game will boost up our batting unit and we are looking forward to the next game.

Azweer: "Bangladesh could be criticised today for poor fielding and moderate captaincy."

Charith Asalanka is the Player of the Match: It's happy to score a winning knock for my country. I am very happy right now. My friends back home will be very happy right now, they always back. When I faced the first ball, it looked like a good pitch and I backed myself to play my natural game. Rajapaksa played a brilliant knock and he changed the momentum. I want to keep it up and look forward to do the same for my country in the upcoming games.

5.35pm A thumping victory in the end for Sri Lanka, with five wickets and seven balls to spare. At one stage, with Sri Lanka needing 82 from eight overs, it looked like Bangladesh had the game in their grasp, especially with three overs from Mustafizur and two from Shakib in hand. But it all went awry from thereon, Sri Lanka took 31 from two overs to bring the asking rate down and then Saifuddin conceded 22 from the 16th. Bangladesh's fielders, mainly Liton, let them down as well.

Nasum to Asalanka, FOUR runs

that's the winning runs. An outside edge goes through the vacant first-slip region. Fuller on the stumps and Asalanka backs away and looks to push at it. A genuine edge that runs away for four

Nasum to Asalanka, 2 runs

down the track but gets a thick outside edge towards deep-backward point. Picks up two more

Over the wicket to the left-hander

Nasum to Shanaka, 1 run

a length ball around off, cuts it towards sweeper cover

Shanaka is the new batter. Around the wicket to him

Faique: "I believe Liton is done for the tournament, it's high time U19 winning Captain Akhbar should be given a chance. He is a big match player."

Nasum to Rajapaksa, OUT

bowled 'im! Backs away early and exposes his stumps, allowing the bowler slow it down. Goes for the cut but fails to connect and the ball clatters into the stumps

Bhanuka Rajapaksa b Nasum Ahmed 53 (45m 31b 3x4 3x6) SR: 170.96
Nasum to Rajapaksa, 2 runs

fuller on the stumps and this one has been reverse-swept towards deep-backward point

Nine required from last 12 balls. Nasum to bowl

end of over 184 runs
SL: 163/4CRR: 9.05 RRR: 4.50 • Need 9 runs from 12b
Charith Asalanka74 (47)
Bhanuka Rajapaksa51 (29)
Mustafizur Rahman 3-0-22-0
Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-17-2
Mustafizur to Asalanka, no run

another wide yorker. Fails to put bat onto that

Mustafizur to Rajapaksa, 1 run

a low full toss, digs it out back towards the bowler who fumbles and that's one more to the total

Mustafizur to Rajapaksa, 2 runs

a length all outside off. Steered past the diving short third man and Rajapaksa is coming back for the second. Mushfiqur collects the throw and flicks it onto the stumps but Rajapaksa is safe. That's fifty for him, off just 28 balls. On birthday too

Mustafizur to Rajapaksa, no run

a wide yorker. Rajapaksa jams his bat but cannot connect

Mustafizur to Asalanka, 1 run

digs out this fuller delivery outside off towards point

Mustafizur to Asalanka, no run
end of over 1711 runs
SL: 159/4CRR: 9.35 RRR: 4.33 • Need 13 runs from 18b
Charith Asalanka73 (44)
Bhanuka Rajapaksa48 (26)
Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-17-2
Mohammad Saifuddin 3-0-38-1
Shakib to Asalanka, 1 run

length ball on the stumps, flicked towards square leg

Shakib to Asalanka, SIX runs

down the track, isn't to the pitch of the ball but checks his shot and sends it over the long-off boundary

Shakib to Asalanka, no run

length ball on the stumps, defended down the ground

Shakib to Rajapaksa, 1 run

length ball on the pads, flicked behind square leg

Shakib to Rajapaksa, 2 runs

down the track and slogged towards deep midwicket. That's the longer boundary. Naim makes an excellent stop near the boundary, takes the catch but gets rid of the ball just before stepping on to the boundary cushion. Third umpire is having a close look at it but is happy with the end

Shakib to Asalanka, 1 run

down the track but Shakib slows it down. Asalanka adjusts and nudges it in front of square leg

Saif: "Worst captaincy. Leaving Shakib spare is clueless. BD needed wicket first, so bowl Shakib." --- Finally, here's Shakib. 24 needed from 24 balls

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