Sri Lanka Triumphs Over Bangladesh In Super 4 Contest
In the second Super Four match of the Asia Cup 2023 held in Colombo, Sri Lanka chose to bat first and set a target of 258 runs for Bangladesh. Bangladesh, in their chase, struggled and were all out for 236 in 48.1 overs.
Sri Lanka’s Sadeera Samarawickrama was the standout performer with an impressive 93 runs off 72 balls, while opener Pathum Nissanka contributed 40 runs, and Kusal Mendis achieved a half-century, collectively helping Sri Lanka post a challenging total.
At the outset, Bangladesh won the toss and opted to field against the home team. Both teams aimed for victory in this crucial Super Four match at Colombo’s R. Premadasa Stadium.
After suffering a significant defeat to Pakistan in the Super Four opener, Bangladesh found themselves in a must-win situation against Sri Lanka. Another loss could potentially end their campaign in this international event.
Additionally, Sri Lanka was close to achieving an ODI milestone, as a win over Bangladesh in this Asia Cup Super Four game would grant them the second-longest winning streak in ODI history.
The pitch at R Premadasa Stadium was noted for being slow, and there was a 70% chance of rain throughout the day. In previous encounters between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the Lankan pacers had a greater impact than their spinners, accounting for 41 wickets.
Probable squads for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were as follows:
Bangladesh (probable): Mohammad Naim, Litton Das, Afif Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan (C), Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shamim Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud
Sri Lanka (probable): Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (C), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana