All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was the stand-out performer for his knock of 82 not out off 65 balls. This included 12 fours and two maximums and also a solid spell of 2/51 as Bangladesh (BAN) defeated Sri Lanka (SL) by a margin of three wickets with 53 balls remaining in Match No. 38 of the ongoing edition of the ODI Cricket World Cup in Delhi. With this Bangladesh got their first win against Sri Lanka in the ODI World Cup.
Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field first. Sri Lanka got off to a shaky start, losing Kusal Perera early for just four runs. However, Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis steadied the innings with a solid 61-run partnership. Unfortunately, both batters fell in quick succession, leaving Sri Lanka at 72 for 3. Sadeera Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka then came together to rebuild the Sri Lankan innings.
They put on a crucial 63-run partnership, bringing Sri Lanka back into the game. Samarawickrama was eventually dismissed by Shakib Al Hasan, but Asalanka continued to bat and reached a fine century (108 off 105) with his knock including six fours and five sixes. Dhananjaya de Silva (34) and Maheesh Theekshana (22) also made valuable contributions, but Sri Lanka lost wickets in the regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for 279 in 50 overs. Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, Sri Lanka managed to post a competitive total on the board
Bangladesh faced an early setback in their pursuit of 280, losing Tanzid Hasan (9) and Litton Das (23) cheaply. However, Shakib Al Hasan and Najmul Hossain Shanto forged a remarkable 169-run partnership to revive the chase. Shakib anchored the innings with a brilliant 82 runs off 65 deliveries, including 12 boundaries and two maximums. He was eventually dismissed by Angelo Mathews. Shanto played a crucial role as well, contributing 90 runs before Mathews dismissed him.
Mahmudullah (22) and Towhid Hridoy (15) made valuable contributions as Bangladesh successfully chased down the target with 53 balls remaining. Shakib Al Hasan was deservedly awarded the Player of the Match award for his all-round performance, which included a stellar 82 runs with the bat and impressive figures of 2 for 57 with the ball
Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from Match No. 38 between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the World Cup 2023:
15 – Kusal Mendis has smashed 15 sixes in the ongoing World Cup, becoming the Sri Lankan batter with the most sixes in a single World Cup edition. He has surpassed the previous record of 14 sixes held by Sanath Jayasuriya, set in the 2007 World Cup.
1-Angelo Mathews became the first player to be timed out in international cricket.
1-In the ongoing, World Cup overall 477 sixes have been smashed so far, which is the most in a single ODI World Cup edition. The previous most number of sixes was 463 in the 2015 World Cup
2-Mushfiqur Rahim completed his eighth stumping dismissal in the World Cup, which is the joint second-most by a Wicket Keeper. He ties this record with the former Indian captain MS Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara tops the list with 13 dismissals
3 – Charith Asalanka became the third Sri Lankan batter to score a century by the No. 5 position or below in the World Cups. The other two are Mahela Jayawardene (100) against Afghanistan in 2015, and Angelo (113) Mathews against India in 2019
4 – Tanzim Hasan Sakib picked up 3/80 which is fourth best bowling for Bangladesh on the World Cup debut
1– Charith Asalanka’s century against Bangladesh is the ninth hundred recorded at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in the ODI World Cups. With this century, Arun Jaitley Stadium has become the venue with the most individual hundreds in World Cups, surpassing the tally of Old Trafford and Wankhede Stadium, which have both hosted eight ODI World Cup centuries.
1-Shakib Al Hasan and Najmul Hossain Shanto scored 169 runs together which is the highest partnership for Bangladesh against Sri Lanka in ODIs surpassing 144 runs between Shakib Al Hasan & Tamim Iqbal at Dambulla in 2017.
3-Shakib Al Hasan’s fifty-plus score (82) against Sri Lanka, is his 13th fifty-plus score in the tournament, which is the third most by any batter in World Cup history. Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli hold the top two spots with 21 and 14 fifties respectively
1 – Bangladesh’s successful chase of 280 against Sri Lanka is the highest successful ODI run chase at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. The previous highest chase was 278, achieved by India against Sri Lanka in 1982.
2 – Bangladesh’s successful chase of 280 is the second-highest successful chase against Sri Lanka in the World Cup and the highest is 345 by Pakistan in 2023
2 – Bangladesh unleashed seven sixes in their innings, equaling their second-highest tally in the ODI World Cup. They previously matched this feat against Scotland in 2015. Their record for most sixes in an ODI World Cup innings stands at eight, which they have achieved twice, against India and New Zealand in 2023
1 – This is the first win for Bangladesh against Sri Lanka in World Cups