Bangladesh successfully chased a target of 279 against Sri Lanka, keeping their hopes alive for a spot in the 2025 Champions Trophy.

In the 2023 World Cup on November 6th, Sri Lanka, facing elimination, battled against already-eliminated Bangladesh at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. Bangladesh was in a strong position in their pursuit of 280 runs, with Shakib Al Hasan and Najmul Hossain Shanto forming a century partnership for the third wicket. Angelo Mathews dramatically broke their partnership. Dilshan Madushanka provided an early breakthrough for Sri Lanka by dismissing Tanzid Hasan for just nine runs off five balls. In the seventh over, Madushanka struck once more, claiming the wicket of Litton Das, who had scored 23 runs. In the end, Bangladesh secured a 3-wicket victory with 53 balls left in the match.

Earlier, Sri Lanka, opting to bat after Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan won the toss, posted a total of 279 runs in 49.3 overs, largely thanks to a courageous century by Charith Asalanka. Their innings had an eventful start as Shoriful Islam, in the very first over, dismissed opener Kusal Perera with a remarkable diving catch by Mushfiqur Rahim. Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis then steadied the ship, but Shakib Al Hasan removed Mendis in the 12th over, having scored 19 runs from 30 balls.

Sadeera Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka contributed to Sri Lanka’s recovery, but Samarawickrama was dismissed by Shakib in the 25th over, followed by a controversial ‘timed out’ decision against Angelo Mathews, who arrived late to the crease. Dhananjaya de Silva was dismissed in the 38th over, scoring 34 off 36 balls. Asalanka formed another partnership with Maheesh Theekshana (22), and ultimately reached a century, scoring 108 off 105 balls. Bangladesh’s Tanzim Hasan Sakib claimed a three-wicket haul, while Shoriful Islam and Shakib took two wickets each.

Last Updated on November 6, 2023

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