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Bangladesh Clinch Thrilling 2-Wicket Win Over Sri Lanka in T20 World Cup Opener

June 8, 2024
Bangladesh T20 World Cup

Bangladesh kicked off their ICC T20 World Cup campaign with a thrilling 2-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in Group D. Chasing a modest target of 125 runs, Bangladesh clinched the win with an over to spare despite losing 8 wickets.

Towhid Hridoy emerged as the hero for Bangladesh, smashing a quickfire 40 runs off just 20 balls, including 4 sixes and a four. Liton Das provided valuable support with a 36-run knock (2 fours, 1 six) off 38 deliveries. Mahmudullah Riyad’s unbeaten 16 (1 six off 13 balls) ensured Bangladesh crossed the finish line.

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Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Thushara displayed exceptional bowling, grabbing 4 wickets for a mere 18 runs in his 4 overs. However, his efforts were overshadowed by Bangladesh’s batting resilience. Wanindu Hasaranga chipped in with 2 wickets, while Dhananjaya de Silva and Matheesha Pathirana took one wicket each for Sri Lanka.

Earlier, Sri Lanka, who elected to bat first after losing the toss, were restricted to 124/9 in their 20 overs. Opener Pathum Nissanka top-scored with a 47-run knock (7 fours, 1 six) off 28 balls. The rest of the Sri Lankan batting line-up faltered, with only Kusal Mendis (10), Dhananjaya de Silva (21), Charith Asalanka (19), and Angelo Mathews (16) managing double-digit scores.

Bangladesh’s bowling attack shone brightly. Spinners Rishad Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman emerged as the wrecker-in-chiefs, claiming 3 wickets apiece for 22 runs and 17 runs respectively in their 4-over spells. Taskin Ahmed bagged 2 wickets, while Tanzim Hasan Sakib picked up 1 wicket to dismantle the Sri Lankan batting order.

This defeat marks Sri Lanka’s second consecutive loss in the tournament, having fallen to South Africa by 6 wickets in their opening match. They will look to bounce back when they face Nepal on Wednesday, who also lost their first encounter against Netherlands.

Yukesh Chaudhary

Yukesh Chaudhary is the CEO and Founder of Niriv, The parent company of The Ditible. He writes on sports news and trends, He has been writing sports news from 2021 and has been writing here.

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