Shakib Al Hasan and Najmul Shanto scored half-centuries to guide Bangladesh to a win against Sri Lanka in an ill-tempered contest in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka by 3 wickets at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.

With this win, Bangladesh kept their hopes of qualifying for the 2025 Champions Trophy alive. They also moved above Sri Lanka and into seventh place in the World Cup 2023 points table due to a superior net run-rate.

In fact, this was the first time that Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in ODI World Cup history, having lost the last three times these sides met in the competition.

After being put to bat

first by Bangladesh, Sri Lanka were dealt an early blow when Shoriful Islam sent the hard-hitting Kusal Perera back in the very first over. Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis stuck around for a 61-run stand to get Sri Lanka back in the contest.

Their partnership was broken by Shakib Al Hasan, sending Mendis back to the pavilion in the 12th over. Following Mendis’ dismissal, Nissanka fell short of his 14th ODI half-century, being dismissed after scoring 41 runs off 36 deliveries, hitting eight boundaries.

Sadeera Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka stitched a 63-run partnership before Shakib sent Sadeera packing in the 25th over after scoring 41 runs off 42 balls, hitting four boundaries.
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