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Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023: Key Highlights


Cricket  •  1 Sept, 2023  •  2,319 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Anand Swami


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In the 2023 Asia Cup clash at Pallekele, Bangladesh, under the leadership of Shakib Al Hasan, faced an uphill battle against Sri Lanka. Opting to bat first seemed a perilous decision, as early wickets tumbled and the Lankan bowlers capitalized. With formidable bowling figures and noteworthy partnerships, the game was set for an enthralling chase by the Sri Lankan team.

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Bangladesh’s Early Collapse

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Under the captaincy of Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh opted to bat first. This decision, however, led to an immediate setback as they lost their first three wickets for only 36 runs. The unfortunate sequence began with Mahesh Theekshana trapping debutant Tanzid Hasan lbw on just his second ball, signalling a challenging start for the Bangladeshi lineup.

Sri Lanka’s Stellar Bowling Performance

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Sri Lanka's bowlers took centre stage, with Dhananjaya de Silva and Matheesha Pathirana taking pivotal early wickets. Most notably, Pathirana, in only his fifth ODI, delivered a memorable performance, clinching four wickets and restricting Bangladesh to 164. This combined effort underscored Sri Lanka's dominating presence in the match.

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The Valiant Effort of Towhid Hridoy and Najmul Hossain Shanto

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Despite the early losses, Bangladesh found hope in Towhid Hridoy and Najmul Hossain Shanto. The duo built a 59-run partnership, attempting to stabilize the innings. Their efforts, though commendable, faced numerous challenges, including the wily bowling of Dasun Shanaka, who broke their partnership.

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