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Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Wrold Cup

Bangladesh pull off a thrilling win over Sri Lanka in a tense World Cup encounter

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka: ICC Men's Cricket Wrold Cup

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka: Bangladesh registered a three-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in a heated and inconsequential match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Monday, November 6. The match witnessed an unprecedented event where Angelo Mathews became the first international cricketer to be ‘timed out’ after not being ready to face the ball within two minutes of the fall of a wicket. 

Bangladesh chase down 280 despite Asalanka’s ton: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, who were asked to bat first, scored 279 all out in 49.3 overs, thanks to a splendid century by middle-order batsman Charith Asalanka, who made 108 off 105 balls with six fours and five sixes. He was well assisted by openers Pathum Nissanka (41) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (41), who gave Sri Lanka a good start.

However, Bangladesh bowlers came back strongly in the final overs and took regular wickets to keep Sri Lanka to a modest total. Shakib Al Hasan was the most effective bowler for Bangladesh with two wickets for 57 runs in 10 overs, while Tanzim Hasan Sakib claimed three wickets for 80 runs in 10 overs.

Some of the highlights of Sri Lanka’s innings are:

  • Asalanka scored his second ODI century and his first in a World Cup match.
  • Asalanka and Samarawickrama put on 113 runs for the fourth wicket, the highest partnership of the match.
  • Mathews was given out ‘timed out’ in the 38th over after he failed to be ready to face the ball within two minutes of Samarawickrama’s departure. He had some problems with his helmet strap and asked for a replacement, prompting Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah to appeal for a ‘time out’. Mathews was seen having a heated exchange with the umpires but was told to leave the field.
  • Mathews became the first batter to be ‘timed out’ in international cricket and the second in List A cricket. The first one was Hemulal Yadav of Tripura in a Ranji Trophy match against Jharkhand in 2017.

Shanto and Shakib star as Bangladesh seal second win in World Cup

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Wrold Cup

In reply, Bangladesh lost opener Tamim Iqbal early for 9, but Najmul Hossain Shanto (90) and Liton Das (23) steadied the innings with a 46-run stand for the second wicket.

After Das was dismissed by Dilshan Madushanka, Shakib Al Hasan joined Shanto and the duo dominated the Sri Lankan bowling with a 161-run partnership for the third wicket.

Shakib smashed 82 off 65 balls with 12 fours and two sixes, while Shanto played 90 off 101 balls with 12 fours. Sri Lanka tried to make a comeback with some late wickets, but Bangladesh reached the target in 41.1 overs with three wickets in hand.

Madushanka was the best bowler for Sri Lanka with three wickets for 69 runs in 10 overs, while Mathews took two wickets for 35 runs in 7.1 overs. Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka

Some of the highlights of Bangladesh’s chase are:

  • Shakib and Shanto recorded their highest individual scores in a World Cup match.
  • Shakib and Shanto’s 161-run stand was the highest partnership for any wicket for Bangladesh in a World Cup match.
  • Shakib also took two wickets in the match and was awarded the Player of the Match for his all-round performance.
  • Bangladesh recorded their second win in the tournament and kept their hopes alive for qualifying for the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy.

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka players avoid handshakes after the match

The match ended on a bitter note as the players of both teams avoided handshakes with each other following the controversial dismissal of Mathews. The Bangladesh players celebrated their win by embracing each other, while the Sri Lankan players walked off the field without acknowledging their opponents. Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka

The incident sparked a heated debate on social media, with some fans and experts criticising Mathews for wasting time and others accusing Bangladesh of being unsportsmanlike.

The match was also played amid severe air pollution in New Delhi, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) hovering close to the 400 mark, which is considered ‘very poor’.

The players were seen wearing masks and using inhalers during the breaks, while some spectators also wore masks in the stands. The ICC had earlier said that it was monitoring the situation and had contingency plans in place in case of any health emergency.


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