Asia Cup 2023: Matheesha Pathirana Shines As Sri Lanka Beat Bangladesh By 5 Wickets In Low-Scoring Thriller

Asia Cup 2023: Matheesha Pathirana Shines As Sri Lanka Beat Bangladesh By 5 Wickets In Low-Scoring Thriller

Asia Cup 2023: Sri Lanka (165/5) beat Bangladesh (164) by 5 wickets in Match 2 of the Pallekele International Stadium in Kandy on Thursday.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Friday, September 01, 2023, 12:32 AM IST
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In a thrilling showdown on Thursday, Sadeera Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka showcased their resilience by notching impressive fifties, while Matheesha Pathirana's aggressive bowling led Sri Lanka to a triumphant five-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup opener.

Matheesha Pathirana's prowess on the pitch was evident as he snared four crucial wickets for a mere 32 runs, effectively containing Bangladesh to a modest total of 164 runs.

His aggressive bowling set the stage for Sri Lanka's pursuit of victory.

Samarawickrama and Asalanka Shine

Sadeera Samarawickrama's measured innings of 54 off 77 balls and Charith Asalanka's unbeaten 62 off 92 balls were the driving forces behind Sri Lanka's successful chase.

Their partnership of 78 runs for the fourth wicket proved pivotal in securing the win, despite some challenging moments along the way.

Sadeera Samarawickrama's career resurgence was evident as he emerged as a pivotal player for Sri Lanka.

His recent recall to the Test side after five years and return to the ODI unit after a four-year gap showcased his determination to excel.

Notably, he impressed with a century in the Test series against Ireland, and his fifty in this match proved instrumental in securing victory over Bangladesh.

Bowlers Steal the Show

Sri Lanka's bowlers played a crucial role in limiting Bangladesh's batsmen. Despite Najmul Shanto's resilient half-century, the combined efforts of Matheesha Pathirana and spinner Maheesh Theekshana (2/19) consistently disrupted Bangladesh's batting lineup.

The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium pitch's carry and bounce provided the bowlers with an advantage.

Maheesh Theekshana, the highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in ODIs this year, made an immediate impact by dismissing Tanzid Hasan in the second over. His skillful delivery outfoxed Hasan, resulting in his dismissal without scoring on his debut.

With this convincing victory over Bangladesh, both Sri Lanka and their opponents will now journey to Pakistan to face Afghanistan in their upcoming group matches.

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