Sri Lanka cricket team scripted a stunning victory over Bangladesh to make it to the Super 4 of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 on Thursday, September 1, in Dubai. Chasing a steep target of 184, the Islanders were down and out at one stage but contributions from the lower order helped them get over the line.
Bangladesh failed to defend 183, conceding 25 runs in the final two overs to bow out of the continental tournament. Sri Lanka banked on crucial contributions from Dasun Shanaka (45 off 33), Chamika Karunaratne (16 off 10), and Asitha Fernando (10* off three) to chase down the total with two wickets and four balls to spare.
Sri Lankan cricketers erupted in joy after knocking the winning runs. It was the Bangladesh team that celebrated its triumph over Sri Lanka in the 2018 Nidahas Trophy by unleashing the ‘Nagin dance’. However, the tables turned as the Islanders returned the favour.
Sri Lankan cricketer Chamika Karunaratne led the ‘Nagin dance’ celebrations after the islanders’ narrow victory in their final group match.
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— Guess Karo (@KuchNahiUkhada) September 1, 2022
They still remember the Nagin Dance 😂😭 pic.twitter.com/h8GLsTKo2K
— Yash😊🏏 (@YashR066) September 1, 2022
“If you look at the last 6 months, we’re not being competitive” – Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan was extremely disappointed after crashing out of the Asia Cup 2022 following a close defeat to Sri Lanka. Reflecting on the defeat, Shakib stressed that Bangladesh need to work extremely hard ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, the skipper stated:
“If you look at our last six months, we’re not being competitive, World Cup will be a different challenge, we need to work on a lot of areas if we have to do well.”
Shakib also highlighted concerns regarding Bangladesh’s bowling in the death overs. He stated in this regard:
“Death bowling we’re looking to improve, that part we missed out and cost us the game. In the last two overs, they were eight down and needed 18 runs and they got it with five balls to spare, that shows we’re poor at the death, we’re good in the middle overs.”