Sri Lanka VS Bangladesh, T20 World Cup 2024 Match 15 – FULL SCORECARD, COMMENTARY, SQUAD

Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by 2 wickets
02
nd Innings Bangladesh
Right then, that was it from out coverage of match number 15 of the 2024 ICC T20 World Cup. In this game, it was Bangladesh who took home the win against Sri Lanks. However, the cricketing action doesn’t stop here. Join us for our coverage of match number 16 where Netherlands take on South Africa at the Nassau County Stadium in New York. The first ball will be bowled at 8.00 pm IST (2.30 pm GMT) but our coverage will start much earlier. Until then, goodbye and cheers!
Najmul Hossain Shanto, the winning captain is up for a chat. He says that he is happy with the win and that everyone gave their best. Adds that they have been preparing and practicing for the last 10-15 days. Adds that he wasn't much happy with the batting and they will try and work on that. Mentions that Litton Das getting back to fomr was a good thing and appreciates Towhid Hridoy as well. Thanks the crowd for their support.
Wanindu Hasaranga, the captain of Sri Lanka is up for a chat he says that they started well with the bat but lost their way. Adds that bowling is their strength. Reckons that if they had 150-160 runs on the board, they would have been in the game. Says that the batters let them down today. Ends by sharing that they will try to do well in the next two games. Shares that he wanted to attack with four genuine bowlers but the all-rounders were not upto the mark.
Rishad Hossain is the Player of the Match for his outstanding spell. He says that the pitch and conditions were good to bowl. Shares that he bowled to his strengths and according to the field. Adds that he tried his best on the hat-trick ball but couldn’t get it. Ends by thanking the almighty for his performance.
The Presentation ceremony…
Earlier in the innings, we saw Sri Lanka get off to a flying start and taking on the bowlers. However, Bangladesh bounced back strongly and looked lethal after the first 6 overs. They managed to stop the runs and took timely wickets. Their catching was right there at the top and they didn’t bowl many extras which helped them restrict Sri Lanka to a low score of 124. Rishad Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman were the pick of the bowlers with their 3 wickets each. Pathum Nissanka was the top scorer for Sri Lanka with 47 runs to his name.
Bangladesh had an absolute disaster for a start. Soumya Sarkar and Tanzid Hasan, their openers were sent back in the first two over itself. As Litton Das and Najmul Hossain Shanto tried to build a partnership, a sharp catch brought an end to the latter’s innings. The process of building a stand began again with Das and Towhid Hridoy. They executed the plan well and played simple cricket avoiding any risky shots. Automatically, the boundaries started coming and they managed to put some pressure on the bowlers. Towhid Hridoy took on Hasaranga and got them back in control of the game. Das also was trapped infront of the stumps by the opposition skipper. With his wicket, the batters again went back to batting cautiously. With the wickets falling at timely intervals, they started to loose their control over the game. Thushara spoiled their party in the 18th over and got the tail end out to bat. Mahmadullah acted as their saviour and secured their win. With a win in their first game of the tournament, they are off to a good start.
Sri Lanka were off to a dream start. Dhananjaya de Silva gave them a breakthrough in the first over as he sent back Soumya Sarkar. Nuwan Thushara followed it up in the next over as he castled Tanzid Hasan. He continued his lethal bowling and made Najmul Hossain Shanto as his second prey. After that, the bowlers struggled to take wickets and also bowled some loose deliveries. They also bowled a lot of extras which didn’t make the scenario better. Wanindu Hasaranga got the wicket of Towhid Hridoy and Litton Das but the batters had already dealt a lot of damage to the Lankans. However, the scoring rate decreased but the pressure remained on the Lankans. Matheesha Pathirana got the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan courtesy of a brilliant catch by Maheesh Theekshana which gave them some confidence. Thushara got two more wickets at a very crucial time as he got rid of Rishad Hossain and Taskin Ahmed. They have now both their games and in order to move up the table, Sri Lanka, cannot afford to lose any more games. They will need to work on their performance espescially in the batting department.
WOW! We have witnessed a nail-biting encounter as two rivals from Asia put up a great fight in terms of bat and ball. There were a lot of ups and downs for both teams throughout the match but in the end Bangladesh emerged victorious. Mahmadullah made sure that he stays on the crease till the last run and secured their victory. However, they will not be too happy with their batting performance but will happily take those two points in their first match of the tournament.
18.6
2
Dasun Shanaka to Mahmudullah, WHAT A FINISH! Mahmudullah takes Bangladesh home! Slower and fuller at the stumps. Mahmudullah skips down and drills it toward mid-off. The fielder has a shy at the stumps and poor backing up allows the second run. That will be it for Bangladesh as they complete two runs and win by 2 wickets with an over to spare.
18.6
1
Dasun Shanaka to Mahmudullah, WIDE! A short ball, outside off. Mahmudullah jumps to play the upper-cut but does not connect. Kusal Mendis makes a loud appeal behind the stumps for the caught-behind but the umpire is not interested. Sri Lanka take the review. The replays show a flat line and Mahmudullah stays on. The umpire calls it WIDE for the height. Just 2 needed now.
18.5
Dasun Shanaka to Mahmudullah, Short ball, outside off. Mahmudullah leaves it alone.
18.4
1
Dasun Shanaka to Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Length ball, on the pad. Tanzim Hasan Sakib works it to deep backward square leg for a single.
18.3
Dasun Shanaka to Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Fuller delivery, just outside off. Tanzim Hasan Sakib swings and misses as the ball keeps a shade low.
18.2
1
Dasun Shanaka to Mahmudullah, Back of a length, angling in. Mahmudullah tucks it through square leg for one.
18.1
6
Dasun Shanaka to Mahmudullah, SIX! EASY PICKINGS! Shanaka offers a gift. Bowls a full toss, around off. Mahmudullah gets across and helps it over deep square leg for a maximum.
Bangladesh need 11 off the last 2 Mahmudullah holds the key. Can he get his side over the line or will Sri Lanka script a comeback for the ages? Dasun Shanaka comes in to bowl the 19th over.
17.6
Nuwan Thushara to Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Pitched full, at the stumps. Tanzim Hasan Sakib keeps it out and bunts this into covers.
17.5
Nuwan Thushara to Tanzim Hasan Sakib, On a length, angling across the batter. Tanzim Hasan Sakib plays and misses at it.
17.5
1
Nuwan Thushara to Tanzim Hasan Sakib, WIDE! Bowls it full and spays it down the leg. Tanzim Hasan Sakib plays and misses. Wide signaled.
Tanzim Hasan Sakib is in at 10 and will face the hat-trick ball.
17.4
W
Nuwan Thushara to Taskin Ahmed, Appeal but not given! Thushara bowls it full and at the stumps. Taskin Ahmed plays across the line and misses. Hits him on the full at the pad. A loud appeal from Thushara but the umpire was unmoved. Sri Lanka take the review. The ball tracking shows Three Reds and Taskin Ahmed is gone for a golden duck. This game is not over yet. Bangladesh are eight down.
Taskin Ahmed walks in next.
17.3
W
Nuwan Thushara to Rishad Hossain, OUT! BOWLED'EM! Sri Lanka are fighting hard! Slower length ball, at the stumps. Rishad Hossain makes room to flay this through the off-side but gets deceived by the change of pace. The ball clatters into the stumps and Nuwan Thushara gets his third. Bangladesh lose their seventh.
17.3
1
Nuwan Thushara to Rishad Hossain, WIDE! Short ball, outside off. It bounces over the batter's head as Rishad Hossain looks to play the upper-cut but misses. Nuwan Thushara has to reload it.
17.2
1
Nuwan Thushara to Mahmudullah, Good length, around off. Mahmudullah pulls it through square leg for one.
17.1
Nuwan Thushara to Mahmudullah, Full and straight at the stumps. Mahmudullah bunts it back at Thushara.
16.6
Matheesha Pathirana to Rishad Hossain, Hard-length, outside off. Rishad Hossain chops it to backward point.
16.5
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Mahmudullah, Slower and fuller at the stumps. Worked through square leg for a single.
16.4
Matheesha Pathirana to Mahmudullah, Full and quick at the stumps. Mahmudullah flicks it to short mid-wicket.
16.3
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Rishad Hossain, Full-length delivery, outside off. Rishad Hossain lifts it uppishly but just wide of mid-off for a single.
Rishad Hossain is in at 8.
16.2
W
Matheesha Pathirana to Shakib Al Hasan, OUT! CAUGHT AT THIRD MAN! What a fantastic catch by Maheesh Theekshana! Short ball, just outside off. Shakib Al Hasan hangs back and plays the upper-cut, guides it toward the third man region. The ball was dipping where Theekshana comes forward and dives to take a stunning grab. Bangladesh are six down! Can Sri Lanka make a comeback?
16.1
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Mahmudullah, Full and quick, tailing into the stumps. Mahmudullah knocks it to long-on for one.
15.6
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Mahmudullah, Full and quick at the stumps, flicked to deep mid-wicket for a single.
15.6
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Mahmudullah, WIDE! Darted flat and across the batter. Mahmudullah lets it go. Wide signaled.
15.5
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Shakib Al Hasan, Arm ball, outside leg. Shakib Al Hasan makes room and turns it through backward square leg for a single.
15.4
2
Dhananjaya de Silva to Shakib Al Hasan, Tossed up at the stumps, Shakib Al Hasan brings out the reverse and hits it toward deep third for a couple.
15.3
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Mahmudullah, Full and at the stumps, eased to long-on for a single.
15.2
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Shakib Al Hasan, Drifted on the pad. Shakib Al Hasan nudges it through mid-wicket for a single.
15.1
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Mahmudullah, Flatter, turning in on off. Mahmudullah advances and knocks it past the bowler to long-on for one.
14.6
Wanindu Hasaranga to Shakib Al Hasan, Flighted, full, just outside off. Shakib Al Hasan goes for the expansive drive through covers but gets beaten completely.
14.5
Wanindu Hasaranga to Shakib Al Hasan, Full and at the stumps. Shakib Al Hasan looks to play across but gets a leading edge along the turf, back toward the bowler.
14.4
Wanindu Hasaranga to Shakib Al Hasan, Floated on off. Shakib Al Hasan defends into covers.
14.3
Wanindu Hasaranga to Shakib Al Hasan, Tosses it around off. Shakib Al Hasan hangs back and blocks.
14.2
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Mahmudullah, Wrong'un, on the leg. Mahmudullah goes back and tucks it through square leg for one. 100 up for Bangladesh.
Mahmudullah walks in next.
14.1
W
Wanindu Hasaranga to Litton Das, OUT! LBW! A loud appeal and given! Wanindu Hasaranga bowls a googly, on the middle and leg stump line. Litton Das prods forward to block this but misses the line and is trapped in front. The umpire has no hestitation in raising the finger. Das has a word with Shakib and takes the review. The ball tracking has Three Reds and another one bites the dust. Bangladesh lose their fifth. A lovely knock from Litton Das comes to an end.
13.6
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Litton Das, Flatter, just outside off. Litton Das stays back and eases it to long-off for a single.
13.5
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Shakib Al Hasan, Drifted on the pad. Nudged round the corner for one.
13.4
Maheesh Theekshana to Shakib Al Hasan, Flatter, around off. Shakib Al Hasan knocks it into covers.
13.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Litton Das, Tad short, angling in. Das makes room and pulls it past the mid-wicket fielder for a single.
13.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Shakib Al Hasan, Flighted, on off. Shakib Al Hasan pushes it through covers for one.
13.1
Maheesh Theekshana to Shakib Al Hasan, Full and straight at the stumps. Shakib Al Hasan pushes it back at Theekshana.
12.6
Matheesha Pathirana to Litton Das, Pace-off, on a length, angling across. Left alone by Litton Das.
12.5
Matheesha Pathirana to Litton Das, Good length, around off. Das defends it onto the pitch.
12.4
Matheesha Pathirana to Litton Das, Sharp short ball, just outside off. Das looks to pull it initially but sways out of the line and lets it go.
12.3
2
Matheesha Pathirana to Litton Das, Short and wide outside off. Das hops and cuts it aerially toward the sweeper cover region for a couple.
12.2
Matheesha Pathirana to Litton Das, Full at the stumps. Das strokes it toward mid-on.
12.1
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Shakib Al Hasan, Full on the pad, flicked away to deep backward square leg for one.
11.6
Wanindu Hasaranga to Litton Das, Wrong'un, on off. Das punches it back at the bowler.
11.5
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Shakib Al Hasan, Floated on the middle. Shakib Al Hasan knocks it to long-on for one.
Shakib Al Hasan walks in at 6.
11.4
W
Wanindu Hasaranga to Towhid Hridoy, OUT! LBW! Wanindu Hasaranga has the last laugh! Goes full and quick at the stumps. Hridoy plays it across the line to sweep it away but misses and gets pinned in front. Appeal from Hasaranga was turned down. He goes for the review. The ball tracking shows Three Reds and Towhid Hridoy is a goner! Bangladesh lose their fourth as Hridoy departs for a 20-ball 40.
11.3
6
Wanindu Hasaranga to Towhid Hridoy, SIX! A hat-trick of sixes from Hridoy! Pitched full, outside off. Towhid Hridoy makes room and lofts it over long-off boundary for three in a row. Wanindu Hasaranga is under the pump here.
11.2
6
Wanindu Hasaranga to Towhid Hridoy, SIX MORE! Make that two in a row! Floated, full, at the stumps. Hridoy sits down and pumps over deep mid-wicket for back to back sixes.
11.1
6
Wanindu Hasaranga to Towhid Hridoy, SIX! SMOKED! Tossed up full, on the middle and leg. Towhid Hridoy gets down on his knees and hammers it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
10.6
Matheesha Pathirana to Litton Das, Pitched full, outside off. Das drives off the toe-end toward the short cover fielder.
10.5
6
Matheesha Pathirana to Litton Das, SIX! BOOM! Short of a length, angling into the batter. Das picks the length early, gets into a good position, and pulls it over deep square leg boundary for a flat hit.
10.4
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Towhid Hridoy, Short of a length, into the pitch, around off. Hridoy stays back and runs it down to third man for a single.
10.3
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Litton Das, On a good length, closer to the stumps. Das stabs it to deep third for one.
10.2
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Towhid Hridoy, Hard-length, outside off. Hridoy dabs it down to third man for a single.
10.1
Matheesha Pathirana to Towhid Hridoy, Back of a length, angling across. Left alone by Towhid Hridoy.
Drinks! This game hangs nicely in balance with Bangladesh marginally ahead at the halfway mark of their chase. After losing three wickets in the powerplay, Bangladesh have steadied themselves with the partnership between Litton Das and Towhid Hridoy. The duo has batted sensibly and kept along with the required rate. Sri Lanka needs to pick a couple of wickets in quick time to stay afloat in the game. An exciting passage of play is coming up. Hold onto your seats!
9.6
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Towhid Hridoy, Tossed up on middle. Towhid Hridoy drives it to long on and ends the 10th over with a single. At the halfway mark, Bangladesh are at 64 after losing 3 wickets.
9.5
Maheesh Theekshana to Towhid Hridoy, Again, short and outside off. Towhid Hridoy slashes his blade but gets beaten by the bounce.
9.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Litton Das, Short from Maheesh Theekshana around off. Litton Das punches it to mid off for a single.
9.3
2
Maheesh Theekshana to Litton Das, A juicy full toss on leg. Litton Das whips it towards deep square leg and Pathum Nissanka does well to stop it from reaching the fence. Saved two runs for his team.
9.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Litton Das, Wide! Oh no! This one was delivered on the leg side. Another wide.
9.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Litton Das, Wide! A bit short and angled down the leg side Wided.
9.2
Maheesh Theekshana to Litton Das, Flat and full on middle. Litton Das drives it back towards the bowler who stops it well.
9.1
Maheesh Theekshana to Litton Das, Full and on the pads. Litton Das drives it to the fielder at short mid-wicket.
8.6
6
Wanindu Hasaranga to Towhid Hridoy, SIX! BANG! Wanindu Hasaranga loops it full and keeps it outside off. Towhid Hridoy gets down on a knee and slogs it with power. The ball sails over the deep mid-wicket fence for a biggie. The first of the innings.
8.5
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Litton Das, Tossed up on off. Litton Das drives it to long off for a single to rotate the strike.
8.4
Wanindu Hasaranga to Litton Das, Flatter and quick on off. Litton Das blocks it out well. That is tight bowling.
8.3
Wanindu Hasaranga to Litton Das, Peach! Another wrong'un. Full and on middle. Litton Das is hit high on his pads as he completely fails to read that one.
8.2
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Towhid Hridoy, Again, fuller and around off. Towhid Hridoy finds the gap towards square leg for one run.
8.1
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Litton Das, Looped full on leg. Litton Das clips it to mid-wicket for a single to begin the over.
7.6
4
Matheesha Pathirana to Towhid Hridoy, FOUR! BEAUTIFUL! Matheesha Pathirana goes full and on the off pole. Towhid Hridoy walks towards it and drives it with perfect timing down the ground. Mid on is far from it and he watches the ball meet the fence for four runs to end the over.
7.5
2
Matheesha Pathirana to Towhid Hridoy, Too full and on the stumps. Towhid Hridoy covers the line and clips it towards cow corner. Wanindu Hasaranga is quick to throw it and keeps the batters to a couple.
7.5
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Towhid Hridoy, Wide! Another one! Full and wide outside off. Towhid Hridoy has no shot to offer for that one. A wide signaled.
7.4
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Litton Das, A low full toss outside off. Litton Das drives it to mid off and scampers away for a single. That is good running between the wickets.
7.3
Matheesha Pathirana to Litton Das, A bit slower and on a length outside off. Litton Das cuts it to the fielder at point and wants a single. He is sent back by his partner.
7.2
3
Matheesha Pathirana to Towhid Hridoy, Full and quick on the pads. Towhid Hridoy flicks it towards deep mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep stops it well but the batters are quick to run three runs.
7.1
Matheesha Pathirana to Towhid Hridoy, On a length and on the sticks at a 144 clicks. Towhid Hridoy covers the line and blocks it out safely.
7.1
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Towhid Hridoy, Wide! Short and wide outside off. Towhid Hridoy leaves it alone and the umpire signals a wide. Sri Lanka will have to make sure to control their extras.
6.6
Wanindu Hasaranga to Litton Das, Flatter and quicker on off. Litton Das is hit on the gloves and the ball rolls away behind the stumps. Good way to end the over.
6.5
Wanindu Hasaranga to Litton Das, Jaffa! A bit short and another wrong'un. Litton Das had to block it out towards point.
6.4
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Towhid Hridoy, Tossed up again on leg. Towhid Hridoy flicks it to mid-wicket for another single.
6.3
Wanindu Hasaranga to Towhid Hridoy, Short now over off. Towhid Hridoy rocks back and slaps it to the fielder at cover. Didn't pick the wrong'un.
6.2
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Litton Das, Flighted fuller on the sticks. Litton Das clips it to deep square leg for one run more.
6.1
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Towhid Hridoy, Slow and short angled into the pads. Towhid Hridoy nudges it away through fine leg for a single.
5.6
4
Nuwan Thushara to Litton Das, FOUR! CLASSY! Nuwan Thushara serves it on a good length and keeps it outside off. Litton Das leans into the shot as he punches it through the gap at covers. The ball races away to the fence for the first convincing boundary for them. At the end of the powerplay, Bangladesh are at 34 runs after losing 3 wickets.
5.5
Nuwan Thushara to Litton Das, Slow and full on middle. Litton Das flicks it from his crease and finds the fielder at square leg.
5.4
1
Nuwan Thushara to Towhid Hridoy, On a good length and around off. Towhid Hridoy gets the inner edge and the ball rolls away to short fine leg. The batters run a risky single.
5.4
1
Nuwan Thushara to Towhid Hridoy, Wide! Slipped out of his hand. On a length and angling down the leg side. Towhid Hridoy leaves it alone as the umpire signals a wide.
5.3
Nuwan Thushara to Towhid Hridoy, Quick and full on the middle stump. Towhid Hridoy flicks it to short fine leg and has to be sent back.
Towhid Hridoy is the new batter in.
5.2
W
Nuwan Thushara to Najmul Hossain Shanto, OUT! TAKEN! BRILLIANT CATCH! Nuwan Thushara strikes again. He goes full and wide outside off. Najmul Hossain Shanto drives it with good timing but manages to find Charith Asalanka who was the only fielder ahead of square on the off side. Asalanka takes a sharp catch leaning to his right. That is a big wicket for Sri Lanka.
5.1
Nuwan Thushara to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Short and over off. Najmul Hossain Shanto punches it to point and is sent back by his partner.
4.6
4
Maheesh Theekshana to Litton Das, FOUR! LUCKY! Maheesh Theekshana goes flatter and fuller on off. Litton Das tries the sweep, gets the top edge and the ball flies over the keeper's head. The fielders fails to stop it from reaching the fence and that is the first boundary for Bangladesh.
4.5
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Looped full from 'round the wicket aimed at off. Najmul Hossain Shanto pushes it to covers and gets another single to his name. Good communication between the batters.
4.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Litton Das, Tossed up, within the stumps. Litton Das works it towards square leg for another single. That is a good plan from the batters.
4.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Darted it onto leg from 'round the wicket. Najmul Hossain Shanto deflects it to square leg for one run.
4.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Litton Das, Even fuller now right under middle. Litton Das clips it to long on and jogs to the other end.
4.1
Maheesh Theekshana to Litton Das, Floated full, turning in towards middle. Litton Das punches it back to the bowler.
3.6
Nuwan Thushara to Najmul Hossain Shanto, 135 clicks, full and on off. Najmul Hossain Shanto drives it to the fielder at mid on and refuses a single. The boundaries have not yet arrived off the bat for Bangladesh.
3.5
1
Nuwan Thushara to Litton Das, A low full toss on the pads. Litton Das manages to push it out in front and hurries away for one run.
3.4
1
Nuwan Thushara to Najmul Hossain Shanto, On a very good length, aimed on leg. Najmul Hossain Shanto flicks it to deep square leg for another single.
3.3
1
Nuwan Thushara to Litton Das, A short one now on the pads. Litton Das nudges it towards deep square leg for an easy single. The batters don't seem to be taking any risks.
3.2
1
Nuwan Thushara to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Lovely! Nuwan Thushara slings this one full and on middle. Najmul Hossain Shanto manages to block it out on the pitch and the batters take a quick single.
3.1
Nuwan Thushara to Najmul Hossain Shanto, On a length aimed at off. Najmul Hossain Shanto punches it to point and refuses the single.
2.6
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Quick and full from 'round the wicket. Najmul Hossain Shanto is hit on the pads but the ball seems to be angling down leg. They cross for one in the process. Another tight over by Sri Lanka.
2.5
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Litton Das, Flatter and quicker on middle. Litton Das clips it to mid-wicket for another run.
2.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Floated up on middle. Najmul Hossain Shanto flicks it to mid on for one run.
2.3
3
Maheesh Theekshana to Litton Das, Good fielding! Maheesh Theekshana tosses it up and keeps it outside off. Litton Das creates some room for himself and slices it through point. The fielder there manages to get a hand to it and helps take some pace off from the ball. The batters run three runs as another fielder stops the ball.
2.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Again, full and on the sticks. Najmul Hossain Shanto whips it off his pads towards mid-wicket and sets off for a single.
2.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Najmul Hossain Shanto, A bit short but down the leg side. The umpire signals a wide.
2.1
Maheesh Theekshana to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Beaten! Quick and full outside off. Najmul Hossain Shanto tries to block it but the ball zips past it outer edge.
1.6
Nuwan Thushara to Litton Das, Good end to the over! Nuwan Thushara delivers it slow and on a length. The ball swung back away from off as Litton Das tried to bring his bat infront of it. That is a strong start from the Lankans and they are out to hunt.
1.5
1
Nuwan Thushara to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Sticks to the good length around off. Najmul Hossain Shanto gets the inner edge and deflects the ball towards square leg. Gets off the mark with a single.
1.5
1
Nuwan Thushara to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Wide! Errs in line again, full and wide outside off. Najmul Hossain Shanto leaves it alone as the umpire signals a wide.
Najmul Hossain Shanto, the skipper walks out to bat now.
1.4
W
Nuwan Thushara to Tanzid Hasan, OUT! CASTLED! ABSOLUTE BEAUTY! Nuwan Thushara nails this one. Full and swinging in onto off. Tanzid Hasan tries to play it through the line but the ball swings back in missing the bat. The off stump is hit and the bails are lit indicating that Sri Lanka have got another wicket. A poor start from Bangladesh as they lose two wickets in the first two overs.
1.3
1
Nuwan Thushara to Litton Das, Nuwan Thushara serves it short around off. Litton Das gets on top of it and punches it towards point. The batters take another single.
1.2
1
Nuwan Thushara to Tanzid Hasan, Quick and on the hard length, nipping back towards leg. Tanzid Hasan flicks it off towards deep square leg to run one.
1.1
Nuwan Thushara to Tanzid Hasan, Drops it short and keeps it over middle. Tanzid Hasan walks forward and guides it to the fielder at point.
1.1
1
Nuwan Thushara to Tanzid Hasan, Wide! Errs in line! Serves it very full but wide outside off. Tanzid Hasan leaves it alone and the umpire signals a wide.
Nuwan Thushara to operate from the opposite end.
0.6
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Tanzid Hasan, Again full and on off. Tanzid Hasan punches it to mid on to run a single. A very good first over from DDS.
0.5
Dhananjaya de Silva to Tanzid Hasan, Looped full on middle. Tanzid Hasan blocks it out solidly.
0.4
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Litton Das, Uppish and on middle. Litton Das clips it to mid-wicket for a single ot get off the mark.
Litton Das is the new batter in.
0.3
W
Dhananjaya de Silva to Soumya Sarkar, OUT! TAKEN! Dhananjaya de Silva draws first blood and very early in the innings! He bowls a half-tracker and keeps it on middle. Soumya Sarkar tries to loft it over mid on but he doesn't get hold of it. Wanindu Hasaranga runs back and takes an amazing catch. Sri Lanka are up and running.
0.2
Dhananjaya de Silva to Soumya Sarkar, Flatter and full angling towards leg. Soumya Sarkar goes for the sweep but gets hit on the pads. A slight appeal but the ball was sliding down the leg side.
0.1
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Tanzid Hasan, Goes full and on the pads. Tanzid Hasan clips it to mid on and gets off the mark with a single.
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Welcome back for the chase. The players and umpires return to the park. It will be Soumya Sarkar and Tanzid Hasan to open for Bangladesh. Dhananjaya de Silva ,the offie, will start with the ball for Sri Lanka looking at two left-handed openers. Here we go!
…THE RUN CHASE…
For Bangladesh, Mustafizur Rahman and Rishad Hossain were terrific and took three apiece while Taskin Ahmed chipped in with couple in his comeback game. Bangladesh came back well after the powerplay and conceded just 71 runs in the next 14 overs, picking 7 wickets along the way. Right then, Bangladesh need 125 for the win and will be confident of chasing it down and get their first win of the tournament. Can they do it or will the Sri Lankan bowlers come hard at them? We shall find out. Join us in a bit for the second essay.
Taskin Ahmed is up for a chat. He says that it was a good start for him after an injury and they will celebrate after winning the game. Adds that he is happy with the bowling unit and says that they bounced back strongly after the powerplay. Mentions that the pitch had a bit of help for the bowlers but it was all about execution. Reckons that while batting, proper cricketing shots might help.
An outstanding bowling performance from Bangladesh has restricted Sri Lanka to just 124 for 9 in their 20 overs. Having sent into bat first, Sri Lanka started well and made 53 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in the powerplay. Pathum Nissanka top scored with 47 but threw his wicket away at the wrong time. A couple of other batters got starts but failed to kick on. Post the wicket of Nissanka, Bangladesh applied pressure by taking regular wickets and kept the scoring rate under control. Angelo Mathews tried hard in the end but could only take his side past the 120-run mark.
20
over
20 | 7 Runs | HH: 124/9
19.6
1
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Nuwan Thushara, A low full toss on the pads. Nuwan Thushara misses his pull shot and gets hit on the pads. The batters cross for one. Bangladesh have reviewed it . The UltraEdge confirms that there is no bat involved and the ball tracking also confirms that the impact it outside the line of stumps. Sri Lanka end their innings on 124 and they will not be happy with that total.
Nuwan Thushara is the last batter in for Sri Lanka.
19.5
W
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Angelo Mathews, OUT! TAKEN! A slower one now, on a length. Angelo Mathews wanted to pull it away but gets early into the shot. The ball flies off towards Mustafizur Rahman at short third and he takes a comfortable catch. Nine wickets down now Sri Lanka.
19.4
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Angelo Mathews, A juicy full toss now, just outside off. Angelo Mathews swings his bat wildly but couldn't get any connection on it. He seems disappointed with himself.
19.3
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Angelo Mathews, Again, full and on off. Angelo Mathews drives it to long off and stays put after refusing a single.
19.2
2
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Angelo Mathews, Sloppy! Tanzim Hasan Sakib nails the yorker on the off pole. Angelo Mathews digs it out towards short third. The fielder fails to stop it and that results in Angelo Mathews coming back for a second.
19.1
4
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Angelo Mathews, FOUR! FINALLY! Tanzim Hasan Sakib serves it short and slow. Angelo Mathews muscles it towards the cow corner and the fielder there makes a judgement error. The ball bounces just before the ropes for four runs.
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to bowl the final over.
19
over
19 | 2 Runs | HH: 117/8
18.6
Mustafizur Rahman to Matheesha Pathirana, Slower and on a length on middle. Matheesha Pathirana chips it towards mid on and Angelo Mathews has refused a single.
Matheesha Pathirana is the new batter in.
18.5
W
Mustafizur Rahman to Maheesh Theekshana, OUT! In the air…TAKEN! Mustafizur Rahman bowls it quick and on a length outside off. Maheesh Theekshana swings his blade wildly but he gets the connection off the toe end of his bat. The ball flies towards Tanzim Hasan Sakib at deep third who makes no mistake to take a simple catch.
18.4
Mustafizur Rahman to Maheesh Theekshana, A bit short, again outside off. Maheesh Theekshana slaps it back towards the bowler and he did well to stop it with his left hand.
18.4
1
Mustafizur Rahman to Maheesh Theekshana, Wide! Oh that is a rare one tonight! On a good length and angling away outside off. Maheesh Theekshana leaves it alone and the umpire signals a wide.
18.3
Mustafizur Rahman to Maheesh Theekshana, Lovely! Mustafizur Rahman serves it on a length and angling away outside off. Maheesh Theekshana has a go at it but gets beaten for pace.
18.2
1
Mustafizur Rahman to Angelo Mathews, A bit short and outside off. Angelo Mathews punches it to deep point and runs a single.
18.1
Mustafizur Rahman to Angelo Mathews, On a good length and on middle. Angelo Mathews pats it down towards square leg. Good start to the penultimate over.
Maheesh Theekshana is in at 9.
18
over
18 | 3 Runs | HH: 115/7
17.6
W
Taskin Ahmed to Dasun Shanaka, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Taskin Ahmed has mixed up his lengths nicely in this over and gets rewarded with a big wicket! A quick short ball, just outside off. Dasun Shanaka goes for the cut and gets a thick edge that flies to the keeper. Litton Das jumps and hangs onto a sharp catch. Taskin Ahmed finishes with 2 wickets in his spell.
17.5
Taskin Ahmed to Dasun Shanaka, Another slower bumper, around off. Dasun Shanaka pulls and misses again.
17.4
Taskin Ahmed to Dasun Shanaka, Pace-off, on a length, angling in and going over the stumps. Dasun Shanaka is early into the pull and is deceived by the change of pace.
17.3
1
Taskin Ahmed to Angelo Mathews, Back of a length, around off. Angelo Mathews half-pulls it toward deep backward square leg for one.
17.3
1
Taskin Ahmed to Angelo Mathews, WIDE! Goes too short and down the leg. Angelo Mathews gets inside the line to pull this away but does not connect. Taskin Ahmed has to reload it.
17.2
Taskin Ahmed to Angelo Mathews, Hard-length, on off. Angelo Mathews defends it to the right of the bowler.
17.1
1
Taskin Ahmed to Dasun Shanaka, Short of a length, angling in. Dasun Shanaka pulls it toward wide of mid-on for a single.
17
over
17 | 3 Runs | HH: 112/6
16.6
1
Rishad Hossain to Dasun Shanaka, Wrong'un, on the middle and leg. Dasun Shanaka knocks it toward wide long-on for a single.
16.5
1
Rishad Hossain to Angelo Mathews, Flighted on off. Angelo Mathews comes forward and pushes into covers for one.
16.4
Rishad Hossain to Angelo Mathews, Slightly short and turning away on off. Mathews is squared up as he defends it in the off side.
16.3
1
Rishad Hossain to Dasun Shanaka, Full, around off. Dasun Shanaka pushes it wide of the backward point fielder for a single.
16.2
Rishad Hossain to Dasun Shanaka, Tossed up on off. Shanaka prods and defends it to point.
Dasun Shanaka is in at 8.
16.1
W
Rishad Hossain to Dhananjaya de Silva, OUT! STUMPED! Rishad Hossain is having a terrific outing. He picks his third of the match. Tosses it full and turns it away, just outside off. Dhananjaya de Silva gets low to play the hack across the line and gets beaten by the turn. Litton Das collects the ball quickly and takes off the bails in a flash. Dhananjaya de Silva has dragged his foot out of the crease and the replays confirm that he is a goner! Sri Lanka are losing key wickets at the wrong time. Sixth one departs now.
Rishad Hossain is back for his final over.
16
over
16 | 6 Runs | HH: 109/5
15.6
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Angelo Mathews, On a fullish length, around off. Angelo Mathews drives it to the extra cover fielder.
15.5
2
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Angelo Mathews, Back of a length, angling into the leg peg. Angelo Mathews tucks it through backward square leg and calls for two more.
15.4
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Angelo Mathews, On a length, nipping away, around off. Angelo Mathews flays and misses.
15.3
2
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Angelo Mathews, Back of a length, angling into off. Angelo Mathews tucks it past the mid-wicket fielder for a brace.
15.2
1
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Dhananjaya de Silva, Hard-length, outside off. Dhananjaya de Silva chops it to third-man for a single.
15.1
1
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Angelo Mathews, Back of a length, slanting down the leg. Angelo Mathews tucks it toward fine leg for one.
15
over
15 | 3 Runs | HH: 103/5
14.6
1
Rishad Hossain to Angelo Mathews, Flatter leg break, on off. Angelo Mathews goes back and nudges it toward square leg for a run.
14.5
1
Rishad Hossain to Dhananjaya de Silva, Tossed up full, on off. Dhananjaya de Silva prods and drops it toward point for a single.
14.4
1
Rishad Hossain to Angelo Mathews, Flighted on the leg. Mathews flicks it through mid-wicket for one.
14.3
Rishad Hossain to Angelo Mathews, Tossed up on off. Angelo Mathews prods and defends forward. Survives the hat-trick ball.
Angelo Mathews walks in to face the hat-trick ball.
14.2
W
Rishad Hossain to Wanindu Hasaranga, OUT! TAKEN IN THE SLIPS! Rishad Hossain gets two in two! Leg break, on the middle and leg stump line. Wanindu Hasaranga looks to play across the line and gets a thick outside edge that goes toward the first slip. Soumya Sarkar is blinded initially but hangs onto a sharp catch. Bangladesh are roaring back. Sri Lanka have lost half their side.
Sri Lankan skipper, Wanindu Hasaranga walks in next.
14.1
W
Rishad Hossain to Charith Asalanka, HOLES OUT IN THE DEEP! Rishad Hossain strikes! Tossed up on off. Charith Asalanka gets on one knee and slogs it aerially toward the deep square leg region. Shakib Al Hasan, stationed there, fumbles once but takes it cleanly on the second attempt. Charith Asalanka perishes in trying to up the ante. Sri Lanka lose their fourth!
14
over
14 | 5 Runs | HH: 100/3
13.6
1
Mustafizur Rahman to Charith Asalanka, LEG BYE! Appeal and turned down! Good length delivery, on the off-stump line. Charith Asalanka plays across the line and gets rapped in front. The umpire is unmoved and Bangladesh decide against the review. The ball rolls toward point for a leg bye.
13.5
1
Mustafizur Rahman to Dhananjaya de Silva, Good length, at the stumps. Dhananjaya de Silva makes room and drops into the off-side for a single.
13.4
1
Mustafizur Rahman to Charith Asalanka, Back of a length, on the leg peg. Charith Asalanka tucks it to deep backward square leg for a single.
13.3
1
Mustafizur Rahman to Dhananjaya de Silva, Slower and shorter, angling into the batter. Dhananjaya de Silva half-pulls it through backward square leg for one.
13.2
Mustafizur Rahman to Dhananjaya de Silva, Tad fuller than a good length, just outside off. Dhananjaya de Silva looks to carve it away but gets an inside edge toward the keeper.
13.1
1
Mustafizur Rahman to Charith Asalanka, Back of a length, on off. Charith Asalanka taps it to point for one.
13
over
13 | 6 Runs | HH: 95/3
12.6
2
Shakib Al Hasan to Dhananjaya de Silva, Much fuller on the middle and leg. Dhananjaya de Silva uses his feet and nearly yorks himself, gets an inside edge past short fine leg for a couple. Taskin Ahmed fumbles and allows the second run.
12.5
1
Shakib Al Hasan to Charith Asalanka, Flatter on the middle and leg. Asalanka turns it toward backward square leg for one.
12.4
Shakib Al Hasan to Charith Asalanka, Drifted down the leg. Charith Asalanka helps it straight to the short fine leg fielder.
12.3
1
Shakib Al Hasan to Dhananjaya de Silva, Tossed up on the leg. de Silva nudges into the leg side for a single.
12.2
1
Shakib Al Hasan to Charith Asalanka, Tad short, on off. Charith Asalanka pulls in front of the deep square leg for a single.
12.1
1
Shakib Al Hasan to Dhananjaya de Silva, Full on the leg peg. Dhananjaya de Silva works it through mid-wicket for one.
12
over
12 | 6 Runs | HH: 89/3
11.6
4
Taskin Ahmed to Charith Asalanka, FOUR! Good length delivery, on off. Charith Asalanka prods and taps into covers to take a quick single. He is sent back. Soumya Sarkar comes in from short cover and gets a direct hit at the stumps. Charith Asalanka dives and tries to get back. The ball ricochets off the stumps and runs away to the boundary. The replays show that Asalanka is back in time. Gets four bonus runs.
11.5
Taskin Ahmed to Charith Asalanka, Back of a length, on off. Charith Asalanka is rushed on the pull and gets a thud around the thigh pad. The ball rolls toward backward point.
11.4
1
Taskin Ahmed to Dhananjaya de Silva, On a fullish length, outside off. Dhananjaya de Silva drives on the up toward backward point. A risky single was taken but Charith Asalanka makes it as Rishad Hossain misses the direct hit.
11.3
Taskin Ahmed to Dhananjaya de Silva, Back of a length again, angling in, on off. Dhananjaya de Silva looks to punch off the backfoot but fails to get any bat on it.
11.2
1
Taskin Ahmed to Charith Asalanka, Back of a length, around off. Charith Asalanka steers it to deep third for a single.
11.1
Taskin Ahmed to Charith Asalanka, Hard-length, angling just across the batter. Charith Asalanka comes forward and has a push at it but gets beaten on the outside edge.
Taskin Ahmed (2-0-16-1) returns.
11
over
11 | 9 Runs | HH: 83/3
10.6
1
Rishad Hossain to Charith Asalanka, Tossed up on off. Charith Asalanka prods and drops it to point for one.
10.5
6
Rishad Hossain to Charith Asalanka, SIX! BOOM! Charith Asalanka breaks the shackles with a maximum! Flighted, full, around off. Charith Asalanka stays in the crease and powers it over long-on boundary for a biggie.
10.4
1
Rishad Hossain to Dhananjaya de Silva, Tossed up on the middle and leg. Dhananjaya de Silva lofts it back over the bowler and down the ground for just a run.
10.3
1
Rishad Hossain to Charith Asalanka, Floated, full, outside off. Charith Asalanka drives it uppishly to sweeper cover for a single.
10.2
Rishad Hossain to Charith Asalanka, Googly, outside off. Left alone.
10.1
Rishad Hossain to Charith Asalanka, Quicker wrong'un, around off. Charith Asalanka cuts and inside edges it onto the pitch.
Drinks! It has been a half where both the teams had their strongholds. The powerplay was dominated by the Lankans and they made sure to keep the pressure on the bowlers but also lost a couple of wickets along the way. After the powerplay, the Bangladesh bowlers pulled up their socks and restricted the runs coming off the bat. They will hope to keep the pressure on and take some quick wickets while the batters will want to build a strong partnership.
10
over
10 | 4 Runs | HH: 74/3
9.6
1
Mahmudullah to Charith Asalanka, Flatter on the leg peg. Charith Asalanka turns it toward mid-wicket for a single.
9.5
Mahmudullah to Charith Asalanka, Tighter line, on off. Charith Asalanka pushes it to point.
9.4
Mahmudullah to Charith Asalanka, Arm ball, skids through off the surface and hits Asalanka on the leg peg. He stays back to turn it away but misses and gets a thud on the pad. Appeal but the umpire was unmoved.
9.3
1
Mahmudullah to Dhananjaya de Silva, Pitched full, at the stumps. Dhananjaya de Silva eases it to long-on for one.
9.2
1
Mahmudullah to Charith Asalanka, Drifted on the pad. Charith Asalanka nudges it round the corner for a single to get off the mark.
9.1
1
Mahmudullah to Dhananjaya de Silva, Tad short, around off. Dhananjaya de Silva carves it to deep point for one.
9
over
9 | 6 Runs | HH: 70/3
8.6
Mustafizur Rahman to Charith Asalanka, Good length delivery, angling into the stumps. Charith Asalanka defends it forward.
Charith Asalanka walks in next.
8.5
W
Mustafizur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, OUT! TAKEN! In the air and gone! Mustafizur Rahman gets his second! Slower-length ball, around off. Nissanka looks to go up and over but is deceived by the change of pace and hits it high toward the extra cover region. Najmul Hossain Shanto runs back and hangs onto a important catch. Pathum Nissanka has thrown in away after a brilliant start. Sri Lanka are three down!
8.4
4
Mustafizur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! TAKE THAT! Short of a length, around off. Nissanka picks the length early and pumps it to deep mid-wicket region. One bounce and over the ropes.
8.3
Mustafizur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, Back of a length, on off. Nissanka hangs back and steers it to backward point.
8.2
1
Mustafizur Rahman to Dhananjaya de Silva, Pitched full, wide of off. Dhananjaya de Silva drives it uppishly to deep extra cover for a single.
8.1
1
Mustafizur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, A dipping slower ball, around off. Nissanka squirts it to deep point for one.
Mustafizur Rahman (1-0-5-1) is back.
8
over
8 | 7 Runs | HH: 64/2
7.6
1
Rishad Hossain to Pathum Nissanka, Short and over off. Pathum Nissanka cuts it to point and ends the over with another single.
7.5
1
Rishad Hossain to Dhananjaya de Silva, Shortish again on leg. Dhananjaya de Silva pats it towards square leg and runs an easy single.
7.4
Rishad Hossain to Dhananjaya de Silva, Jaffa! Rishad Hossain tosses it up on middle. The ball turns sharply towards off and beats the blade of DDS.
7.3
1
Rishad Hossain to Pathum Nissanka, Looped full on off. Pathum Nissanka digs it out towards deep point for a single to get to the other end.
7.2
Rishad Hossain to Pathum Nissanka, Quick and short on middle. Pathum Nissanka blocks it out towards point. That was a good ball.
7.1
4
Rishad Hossain to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! EDGED! Rishad Hossain drops it short and keeps it just outside off. Pathum Nissanka tries to cut it but the ball flies off the edge. There is no deep third and the ball meets the fence for four runs.
7
over
7 | 4 Runs | HH: 57/2
6.6
Taskin Ahmed to Dhananjaya de Silva, Fuller in length and around off. Dhananjaya de Silva drives it to fidn the fielder at mid off. A very tight over from Taskin Ahmed just 3 runs from it.
6.5
Taskin Ahmed to Dhananjaya de Silva, A full toss straight on off. Dhananjaya de Silva drives it down the ground. Taskin Ahmed does well to stop it with his right hand. Certainly saved some runs for his team.
6.4
1
Taskin Ahmed to Pathum Nissanka, Short of lenght and outside off. Pathum Nissanka moves towards it and scoops it to fine leg. Gets just a single.
6.3
1
Taskin Ahmed to Dhananjaya de Silva, On a good length again around off. Dhananjaya de Silva punches it towards the fielder at point and they take a risky single.
6.2
1
Taskin Ahmed to Pathum Nissanka, On a good length and on off. Pathum Nissanka punches it past covers for another single.
6.1
1
Taskin Ahmed to Dhananjaya de Silva, Full and sliding into leg. Dhananjaya de Silva flicks it off to square leg and rotates the strike with a single.
6
over
6 | 5 Runs | HH: 53/2
5.6
1
Mustafizur Rahman to Dhananjaya de Silva, On the hard length and on middle. Dhananjaya de Silva nudges it off to square leg and runs a single to end the over. Sri Lanka are at 53 with the loss of 2 wickets at the end of the powerplay.
5.5
Mustafizur Rahman to Dhananjaya de Silva, On the good length again, aimed at the sticks. Dhananjaya de Silva covers the line and defends it off his back foot.
5.4
Mustafizur Rahman to Dhananjaya de Silva, Drops it short and keeps the line tight. Dhananjaya de Silva is cramped for room and he manages to block it out towards point.
5.3
4
Mustafizur Rahman to Dhananjaya de Silva, FOUR! OFF THE MARK! Mustafizur Rahman delivers it full and wide outside off. Dhananjaya de Silva carves it through the gap at point. The ball races off to the deep point fence for four runs. Fifty on the board for Sri Lanka.
5.2
Mustafizur Rahman to Dhananjaya de Silva, Full and outside off now. Dhananjaya de Silva drives it towards point where the fielder collects it.
Dhananjaya de Silva is the new batter in.
5.1
W
Mustafizur Rahman to Kamindu Mendis, OUT! TAKEN! Gets a wicket on his first ball! Mustafizur Rahman runs in and serves it on a length around middle. The ball skids onto the batter and he is ealry into the shot. The ball is chipped up in the air towards mid off and Tanzim Hasan Sakib makes no mistake in grabbing it. That is a relief for Bangladesh and Mustafizur Rahman gives them their second wicket.
5
over
5 | 16 Runs | HH: 48/1
4.6
Shakib Al Hasan to Pathum Nissanka, Full and on off. Pathum Nissanka drives it with good timing but finds the fielder at cover. An expensive over for Bangladesh.
4.5
4
Shakib Al Hasan to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! TOYING WITH THE FIELD! Shakib Al Hasan sticks to the fuller length and on middle. Pathum Nissanka lofts it over mid on now and that is another free run for the ball to the fence. Fourth of the over.
4.4
4
Shakib Al Hasan to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! MORE RUNS! Shakib Al Hasan goes full and on the pads. Pathum Nissanka sweeps it and he pierces the gap through square leg. The ball runs off to the fence for the third boundary of the over.
4.3
Shakib Al Hasan to Pathum Nissanka, A bit short and on middle. Pathum Nissanka punches it to Mahmudullah at mid on who is quick to thow the ball to the bowler's end. That is sharp fielding.
4.2
4
Shakib Al Hasan to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR MORE! Shakib Al Hasan bowls a half-tracker on middle. Pathum Nissanka swivels and pulls it to clear mid-wicket. There is no protection in the deep and the ball runs off to the fence for four runs.
4.1
4
Shakib Al Hasan to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! LOVELY! Shakib Al Hasan floats this full and around off. Pathum Nissanka swings his blade hard and he lofts it through covers. The ball rockets away to the fence for four runs.
4
over
4 | 7 Runs | HH: 32/1
3.6
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Kamindu Mendis, Full now on the off pole. Kamindu Mendis blocks this one out towards point.
3.5
1
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Pathum Nissanka, Full again on off. Pathum Nissanka drives it to covers and runs a single to rotate the strike.
3.4
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Pathum Nissanka, Jaffa! Tanzim Hasan Sakib hangs with the good length and jut shapes this one back in. Pathum Nissanka is left confused as the ball rips past his outer edge towards the keeper. The bowler appeals but the umpire is unmoved.
3.3
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Pathum Nissanka, Quick and short outside off. Pathum Nissanka tries to cut it away but gets beaten by the bounce.
3.2
6
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Pathum Nissanka, SIX! BANG! LOVELY! Tanzim Hasan Sakib bowls it full and outside off. Pathum Nissanka stands back and hits it through the line. The ball soars over the long on fence for the first maximum of the match.
3.1
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Pathum Nissanka, Spicy! Tanzim Hasan Sakib bangs it short and aims it on the helmet. Pathum Nissanka is left surprised by the bounce and the ball hits the side of the grill.
3
over
3 | 12 Runs | HH: 25/1
2.6
Taskin Ahmed to Kamindu Mendis, On the hard length and on middle. Kamindu Mendis punches it solidly back to the bowler. Some boundaries but a wicket as well in this over.
2.5
Taskin Ahmed to Kamindu Mendis, A bit fuller and on off. Kamindu Mendis drives it but this time finds the fielder at point.
2.4
4
Taskin Ahmed to Kamindu Mendis, FOUR! OFF THE MARK IN STYLE! Taskin Ahmed serves it on the hard length and keeps it outside off. Kamindu Mendis punches it through point and he finds the gap. The ball races off to the fence for four runs.
Kamindu Mendis walks in to bt at number 3.
2.3
W
Taskin Ahmed to Kusal Mendis, OUT! CHOPPED ON! Taskin Ahmed has the final laugh and he draws first blood! Ahmed serves it short, just tightening the line this time. Kusal Mendis is cramped for room as he gets on his heels to block it. The ball gets off the inner egde of his blade and deflects onto the stumps. That is the opening that Bangladesh needed.
2.2
4
Taskin Ahmed to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! MORE RUNS! Taskin Ahmed delivers it short again, this time outside off. Kusal Mendis slashes this time and sends it flying over backward point. The fielder in the deep fails to reach it in time and Sri Lanka get four more runs.
2.1
4
Taskin Ahmed to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! Welcomes him with a boundary! Taskin Ahmed drops it short and keeps it over off. Kusal Mendis stands tall and pulls it through deep sqaure leg. The ball meets the ropes for four runs to start the over.
2
over
2 | 8 Runs | HH: 13/0
1.6
1
Shakib Al Hasan to Kusal Mendis, Shortish again, on off. Kusal Mendis swivels and pulls it to deep square leg to end the over with a single.
1.5
1
Shakib Al Hasan to Pathum Nissanka, Drags his length back and bit aiming it over off. Pathum Nissanka punches it to mid on for a single.
1.4
1
Shakib Al Hasan to Kusal Mendis, Flighted full on off. Kusal Mendis drives it to mid on and rotates the strike with a single.
1.3
Shakib Al Hasan to Kusal Mendis, Looped full on middle. Kusal Mendis covers the line and blocks it back towards the bowler.
1.2
5
Shakib Al Hasan to Pathum Nissanka, FIVE RUNS! OH DEAR! Clumsy from Bangladesh! Shakib Al Hasan bowls it full and on middle. Pathum Nissanka pats it towards mid-wicket and hurries for a quick single. The fielder is quick to the ball and throws it towards the keeper but it is not within his reach. There is no one to back up the throw as well and it meets the fence.
1.1
Shakib Al Hasan to Pathum Nissanka, Full and directly on off. Pathum Nissanka drives it to the fielder at covers.
Shakib Al Hasan to operate from the opposite end.
1
over
1 | 5 Runs | HH: 5/0
0.6
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Kusal Mendis, A good way to end the over. Tanzim Hasan Sakib goes full and swings it away from off. Kusal Mendis shoulders arms.
0.5
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Kusal Mendis, Sticks to the good length, keeping it just outside off. Kusal Mendis plays it late and guides it to the fielder at point.
0.4
1
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Pathum Nissanka, On the hard length and over off. Pathum Nissanka punches it towards covers and huries away for a quick single.
0.3
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Pathum Nissanka, Fuller again, outside off. Pathum Nissanka defends it on the off side towards point.
0.2
4
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! BANG! OFF THE MARK IN STYLE! Tanzim Hasan Sakib goes a bit fuller and angles it into leg. Pathum Nissanka puts his front foot out and just uses his wrists to flick it perfectly towards the deep square leg fence for the first boundary of the match.
0.1
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Pathum Nissanka, Tanzim Hasan Sakib starts off well. He hits the good length and keeps it around leg. Pathum Nissanka hangs back and blocks it out on the pitch.
The pre-match formatlities are done and the match is all set to start. The umpires make their way to the middle with the match ball in their hand. The fielders take their respective position on the field. Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis are the opening batters for Sri Lanka. Tanzim Hasan Sakib has the new ball in hand and is raring to go. Let's go…
The players from both the teams walk out along with the match officals for the national anthems of their countries. The national anthem of Bangladesh will be played first followed by that of Sri Lanka.
PITCH REPORT – Natalie Germanos is pitchside she says that the game will be played on pitch 4. She gives us an idea of the dimensions here and mentions that the square boundaries are 61 and 71 meters while the straight one is 73 meters. Waqar Younis joins her and he says that the average bounce is high on this pitch and reckons that this region is more favourable to the bowlers. Adds that some leg spin will be expected with the pitch having a tinge of green as well.
Wanindu Hasaranga , the skipper of Sri Lanka says that they don't have ay specific target in their mind but will capitalise the first 6 overs. Mentions that they are playing 2 proper seamers and spinners along with 2 fast bowling all rounders.
Najmul Hossain Shanto, the captain of Bangladesh says that he expects some swing and seam. Adds that the top 4 batters will have to perform well and they have been working hard. Mentions that the pitch looks dry and hopes that the new ball will favor them
Bangladesh (Playing XI) – Tanzid Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Litton Das (WK), Najmul Hossain Shanto (C), Towhid Hridoy, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Rishad Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Mustafizur Rahman.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI) – Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (WK), Kamindu Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva (In place of Sadeera Samarawickrama), Charith Asalanka, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga (C), Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Nuwan Thushara.
TOSS – The captains are out in the middle. The coin is flipped into the air and lands in favor of Bangladesh. They have elected to BOWL first.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, did not have the best of preparations in the lead up to the global event. They faced USA for a three-match series, a week before the World Cup and lost it by 2-1 margin. Najmul Hossain Shanto will lead the side that has the experience of Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Taskin Ahmed, and Mustafizur Rahman. The likes of Tanzid Hasan, Rishad Hossain, and Towhid Hridoy have shown glimpses of their talent and will the ones to keep an eye on. Can Bangladesh start their tournament with a win or will Sri Lanka bounce back strongly? Let’s find out. Toss and team news in a bit. Stay tuned!
In their match against South Africa, the Lankans were dismissed for just 77 on a tricky wicket in New York. None of their batters were able to cross the 20-run mark. Their bowlers started well in the defence and took four South African wickets but the Proteas batted sensibly and got home in the 17th over. Sri Lanka will hope to bounce back and get a win against their neighbours, Bangladesh 
Hello and a warm welcome to our coverage of Match 15 in the ICC T20 World Cup, 2024. Sri Lanka are taking on Bangladesh at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Sri Lanka suffered a defeat against South Africa in their first game of the tournament while Bangladesh are playing their maiden game of the competition.
… MATCH DAY …
The 15th T20 World Cup match at Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas will pit Bangladesh versus Sri Lanka in the group D contest. Since both teams have recently struggled, they will hope to take advantage of the chance to gain significant ground early in the competition. With four victories and one defeat in their last five head-to-head meetings with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka has dominated. After losing a T20I series to what was thought to be a weaker opponent, the USA, Bangladesh will need to quickly address their issues. Bangladesh heavily relies on Hridoy, Hasan, and Shakib in batting, while Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib lead the bowling attack. Success against Sri Lanka will require favorable conditions and luck, especially at the toss if Bangladesh needs to pull this one. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, faced a challenging start in the World Cup opener with their lowest T20 total of 77 runs against South Africa. The pitch conditions and their decision to bat first highlighted issues in adaptability. Despite this setback, previous successes against Bangladesh and key players like Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews provide hope for a turnaround. Performances from Wanindu Hasaranga and Matheesha Pathirana will be crucial for Sri Lanka to secure their first win in the T20 World Cup. So, which side will come out on top? We shall find out together.