Playing in her first T20 International, Asitha Fernando made it a memorable match for herself by hitting the winning runs for whom? Sri Lanka in the most important match against Bangladesh Asia Cup 2022 in Dubai on Thursday. Lanka managed to withstand the pressure of chasing runs and won the game by 2 wickets and qualified for Super 4. Chasing 184 for victory, Kusal Mendis hit a half-century and captain Dasun Shanaka played a brilliant knock of 45 to help the team win a thrilling clash.
But after the win, the Bangladesh team was again trolled as fans called them ‘Bran’ for failing again at the crucial moment of the game. Bangladesh could not be nervous and bowled several no-balls to gift Sri Lanka the match.
Take a look at the responses.
The problem with Bangladesh cricket team is that they celebrate it very quickly. What a victory for Sri Lanka! ,#SLVBN #AsiaCup2022 #chokers pic.twitter.com/DZu6Fvfxky—Rohit Jadhav (@_jadhavrohit) 1 September 2022
Bangladesh is mighty chokers __….. what a game man __ Asia Cup is at its peak – Abhishek (@abhi____10) 1 September 2022
Bangladesh, you habitual chokers!
Cricket, you undisputed king! — sahil (@saahilpeaking) 1 September 2022
Earlier, Afif Hossain smashed 39 for Bangladesh while Mahmudullah scored a much-needed 27 to help his team reach a challenging total of 183/7 in 20 overs. For Sri Lanka, Vanindu Hasaranga and Chamika Karunaratne took two wickets each while Mahesh Thekshana took one wicket.
Opting to bowl first, debutant Asitha Fernando gave Sri Lanka their first breakthrough as she dismissed Sabbir Rahman. The batsman went on to score five runs, and the team’s total was read at 29/1 after 4.0 overs. captain Shakib Al Hasan Then came to the crease. Mehdi Hasan Miraj shifts gears and hits Asitha Fernando for a six and a couple of fours. The explosive pair of Hasan Miraj and Shakib took their team’s total to 50 runs in 6 overs.
Wanindu Hasaranga dealt another blow to Bangladesh as he smashed 38 off 26 balls, sending hard-hitting player Mehdi Hasan Miraj packing. Mushfiqur Rahim then came to the crease but could not last long as he was dismissed by Chamika Karunaratne for just four runs. Shakib, easing some of his team’s pressure, dismissed Chamika Karunaratne for 10, the over being decorated with two consecutive fours.
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Shakib completed 6,000 runs in international cricket with a four in the over. Bangladesh team ended 10 overs with a score of 85/3. Shakib’s blistering form came to an end as Mahesh Thekshana bowled a brilliant delivery to dismiss the Bangladesh captain. Shakib returned to the pavilion after scoring 24 runs in 22 balls. Mahmudullah then came to the crease to join hands with Afif Hossain to ease some of the team’s pressure.
Hussain hit a blistering six in the 13th over to take his team’s total past 100 runs. Mahmudullah then teamed up with Hossain to dodge the Sri Lankan bowlers around the field. He bundled Hasranga for 14 runs in the 15th over. Both the batsmen were in red-hot form as they slammed the Sri Lankan bowlers, collecting much-needed runs for their team.
Hussain’s hitting was cut by Dilshan Madushanka, who made 39 off 22 balls to send him packing. Mahmudullah also fell victim to Hasranga’s spin by scoring 27 runs in 22 balls. Mosaddek Hossain hit two fours one after the other off Asitha Fernando and helped his team post a total of 183/7 on the board.
Sri Lanka chased down 184 runs after Mendis’s 37-ball 60 and Shanaka’s 45-run knock. Despite losing wickets at crucial stages, Sri Lanka’s tail hung there and took the team home.
Chamika Karunaratne (16 runs off 10 balls) and Asitha Fernando (10 runs off 3 balls) played important small innings to take the team past the winning mark.
With ANI inputs