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Lanka lose by two wickets, but Bangladesh skipper Shanto wants better show

Updated on: 09 June,2024 07:49 AM IST  |  Dallas
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Bangladesh were cruising along at 91 for 3 courtesy Towhid Hridoy (40) and Litton Das (36) before they lost five wickets for 21 runs. It was Mahmudullah Riyad, who hit a six off Dasun Shanaka to ensure a two-wicket victory for Shanto’s men

Lanka lose by two wickets, but Bangladesh skipper Shanto wants better show

B’desh batter Towhid Hridoy hits one v Sri Lanka. Pic/Getty Images

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Bangladesh batters made heavy weather of the chase of 125 runs against Sri Lanka but skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto isn’t too worried as they were able to make a winning start in the T20 World Cup.


Hridoy shines for B’desh


Bangladesh were cruising along at 91 for 3 courtesy Towhid Hridoy (40) and Litton Das (36) before they lost five wickets for 21 runs. It was Mahmudullah Riyad, who hit a six off Dasun Shanaka to ensure a two-wicket victory for Shanto’s men.


“I don’t think there are many reasons to worry. I’m saying this because it was a very intense match. We wanted to win at the end of the day. So if you think about the result, we got two points,” Shanto said at the post-match press conference.

“All the batsmen know that we didn’t bat well. But not everyone plays well everyday. Like Hridoy played a very good innings, Riyad finished the game, Litton gave a beautiful start after a long time. So, we are good in some areas. So, I hope that whoever gets set on any day should make the match win. I don’t expect that all the seven batsmen in the team will play well.”

Hasaranga blames batters

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka captain Wanindu Hasaranga was a disappointed man after his side lost to Bangladesh and blamed his batters for doing their job well in their matches so far. 

Despite Pathum Nissanka’s 47, SL were restricted to 124 on a slow pitch. Though Nuwan Thushara took 4-28, Sri Lanka were unable to prevent a tight win for Bangladesh.

“Our batters batted really well in the first 8-10 overs. After that in the middle overs I think we batted badly. We all know our bowling attack is our strength. Specially if batters put up 150-160, our bowling attack can win games. Last two games the batters didn’t do the job.”

“It’s tough as first two games we’ve lost. We bowled with four main bowlers. I think our four genuine bowlers did their job but unfortunately we had to make four overs with our all-rounders,” said Hasaranga.

Brief scores
Sri Lanka 124-9 in 20 overs (P Nissanka 47; M Rahman 3-17, R Hossain 3-22) lost to Bangladesh 125-8 in 19 overs (T Hridoy 40, L Das 36; N Thushara 4-18) by 2 wickets

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