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Bangladesh face off Sri Lanka in 2nd T20 to stay alive in the series

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Update : Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Bangladesh vowed to stay alive in the three-match
T20 International series as they take on Sri Lanka in the second match
tomorrow (Wednesday) at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.

The match starts at 6 PM.

The hosts suffered a heartbreaking three-run defeat in the first match
despite a valiant effort of debutant Jaker Ali Anik and veteran Mahmudullah
Riyad. Jaker’s 34 ball-68 which kept the match alive till the last over in
big chase earned the plaudits, specially for its sheer boldness and intent.
He hit six sixes in his innings, which is highest by not only a debutant
batter but also highest by a Bangladeshi batter in T20 International game.

Sri Lanka posted a respectable 206-3 but with dew around, the target was
achievable. However, Bangladesh suffered a familiar top order collapse to be
reduced to 30-3, which proved to be decisive in the defeat at the end. The
game could have finished much earlier had Mahmudullah Riyad and Jaker not

The first counterattack came from Mahmudullah who was playing his first T20
International game after two years. He struck a 34 ball-51 before Jaker Ali
took the side on the brink. Dasun Shanaka then took two wickets including
Jaker and defended 12 runs in the last over to deny the hosts from the

Still the performance would be instrumental in motivating Bangladesh to level
the series, said Captain Najmul Hossain Shanto.

“We started well with the ball but did not execute our plans later,” Shanto
said. “Mahmudullah’s innings was amazing along with Jaker’s, hope they
contribute in the next match as well.”

Jaker, the boy from Sylhet who sent the home fans into the delirium in the
first T20, said that they can still take positives from this narrow defeat.

“Losing is always heart-breaking. I didn’t sleep the night after losing the
BPL final. I would have felt great if we could have won today. I am planning
for the next match already. We can take plenty of positives from today’s
game,” he added.

Bangladesh, however, looked no chance to tinker with the best XI for the
crucial second match, even though the top order’s form is a concern.

Sri Lanka’s top order and middle order fired as they expected with stand-in
Captain Charith Asalanka gave a nice finishing after two brilliant knocks of
opener Kusal Mendis and middle order batter Sadeera Samarawickrama. The lower
middle order needed not to come into the party. Sri Lanka bowlers also bowled
nicely despite the dew effectively neutralized them. Given the total team’s
performance, it is highly unlikely that Sri Lanka would bring up any change.
But, fast bowler Matheesha Pathirana looked to have some injury concern when
he was bowling in the death overs in first T20.

The two teams played 14 T20 matches, so far, with Sri Lanka winning 10 while
Bangladesh won just four.

T20 Squad:

Bangladesh: Najmul Hossain Shanto (Captain), Liton Das, Anamul Haque Bijoy,
Naim Sheikh, Towhid Hridoy, Soumya Sarkar, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Mahmudullah
Riyad, Taijul Islam, Rishad Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman,
Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib and Jaker Ali Anik

Sri Lanka: Wanindu Hasaranga (capt for last game), Charith Asalanka (capt for
first two games), Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Angelo Mathews, Dasun
Shanaka, Maheesh Theekshana, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilshan
Madushanka, Nuwan Thushara, Matheesha Pathirana, Akila Dananjaya, Binura
Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Avishka Fernando and Jeffrey Vandersay.


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