Powerful knocks from Kusal Mendis and skipper Dasun Shanaka gave Sri Lanka a thrilling two-wicket win over Bangladesh in the Asian Cup Super 4 stage yesterday.
Chasing 184 for victory in a winner-takes-all game, Sri Lanka saw Tails score on target with four balls to go at Dubai after riding the leading 54-run stand between Mendis (60) and Shanaka (45). helped me achieve.
Mendis was knocked down on the 37th ball and Shanaka was out after 18 overs.
However, Chamika Karunaratne went 10-ball 16 and Asitha Fernando went 10-ball undefeated and bravely pushed Bangladesh out of the tournament.
Fernando, who needed eight overs in the final, struck out four and stole two runs from a no-ball, sparking celebrations in the Sri Lankan camp.
Bangladeshi fast bowler Evadot Hossain took 3 wickets but allowed 51 runs from 4 overs.
Player of the Match Mendis said: I wanted to go to bat again, have a good plan, and finish the game. I did my best for the team. I have practiced a lot in Sri Lanka over the last 6 months. I know my job from a team perspective. I will do my best for the team. Thank you Sri Lanka supporters. “
Ebadot made a breakthrough in the first over, sending Pathum Nissanka back for 20 and taking one wicket for Charith Asalanka after three balls.
Dropped by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim for two, Mendis survived a grace period of 29 days, but a delivery from off-spinner Mahedi Hasan turned out to be a no-ball.
Evadot sacked Dhanushka Gunatilaka and Sri Lanka went 67-3, quickly down to 77-4.
Mendis was then escorted by Shanaka and the two put the pursuit back on track and soon launched an attack on the opposition bowlers.
Shanaka hit Evadot for 13 overs for 22 runs, while Mendis reached 50 on 31 balls.
Bangladesh spearhead Mustafizur Rahman sent Tigers fans into a frenzy with a wicket for Mendis who knocked 6 for 4 and 3. Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan said, “Death bowling is something we’re trying to improve on and it cost us the game. The last two overs were eight down and we were down from 17. We had to concede 18 runs, but we had a lot of balls to spare.”
Earlier, Bangladesh, who came first at bat, posted 183-7 after a 5-wicket partnership for 57 runs between Afif Hossein (39) and Mahmudula Riyadh (27).
Mosaddek Hossain chipped in with 24 not out 9 balls to finish the inning in style.
Sri Lanka took regular wickets, with Wanindu Hasaranga and Karunaratne claiming two wickets each to help the island nation advance to the next stage alongside Afghanistan in Group B.
The winner of today’s Group A match between Pakistan and Hong Kong secures a spot in Super 4 alongside defending champions India.
Sri Lanka will face Afghanistan in tomorrow’s Super Four opener in Sharjah.
Sri Lanka 184-8 (Mendis 60, Shanaka 45, Evadot 3-51) beat Bangladesh 183-7 (Afif 39, Mehdi 38, Karunaratne 2-32, Hasaranga 2-41) by two wickets
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/723588/Sri-Lanka-edge-past-Bangladesh-to-reach-Super-Four Sri Lanka defeats Bangladesh to reach Super Four