Bangladesh Cruise to Victory, Beating Sri Lanka in World Cup 2023 Warm-up
Bangladesh impressively defeats Sri Lanka by seven wickets in their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 warm-up match, chasing down the target with ease.
In their first warm-up match for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, Bangladesh showcased their prowess by defeating Sri Lanka convincingly, winning the game by seven wickets at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium.
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had clashed twice in the Asia Cup earlier in the month, with Sri Lanka emerging victorious on both occasions. Their third encounter in less than a month took place in Guwahati, where the 1996 champions won the toss and elected to bat, initially appearing to make the right decision.
A strong opening partnership between Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Perera set a promising tone for Sri Lanka. Nissanka impressed with nine boundaries in his 64-ball 68, while Perera added six fours to the scoreboard.
Perera seemed well on his way to a significant score, but his day took a frustrating turn when he suffered a shoulder injury at the start of the 10th over. He was forced to retire hurt, raising concerns about his fitness ahead of Sri Lanka’s opening game against South Africa on October 7. Kusal Mendis replaced him but was dismissed for 22, caught by Najmul Hossain off Nasum Ahmed.
Bangladesh capitalized on the situation, taking two more wickets before the halfway mark of Sri Lanka’s innings, including the vital wicket of Nissanka, who departed after scoring 68 runs.
From then on, Bangladesh controlled the game, with Dhananjaya de Silva being the only Sri Lankan to contribute significantly, scoring a watchful 55 from 79 balls. Sri Lanka concluded their innings at 263 all out from 49.1 overs, setting a reachable target for Bangladesh.
In the chase, Bangladesh’s openers quickly reduced the target. Liton Das played aggressively, smashing 10 boundaries on his way to a fluent 61 before getting out with the score at 131 for one. However, Bangladesh did not falter.
Captain Mehidy Hasan Miraz anchored the run chase with a steady unbeaten 67, while Das’ opening partner, Tanzid Hasan, top-scored with 84. Bangladesh comfortably achieved the target with eight overs to spare.
Meanwhile, in Thiruvananthapuram, rain prevented any play between Afghanistan and South Africa, leading to the match being abandoned before a ball was bowled. Afghanistan will face Sri Lanka next, while South Africa is set to take on New Zealand.