The business end of the tournament saw the 1996 World Champions, Sri Lanka against the Bangladesh side. From the prospective of the Semi Final race the game was irrelevant, the game was essential from the prospective of Champions Trophy 2025 qualification. Throughout the course of the game the fans were elated with some heated arguments and a historical event and amid all this it was Bangladesh who won the game by three wickets and it is also the first time when the Bangladesh side have defeated the Sri Lankan team.
In the match it was Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan who won the game and elected to bowl first. The decision was proven right as Shoriful Islam's impressive performance in the opening over. He dismissed Kusal Perera with an exceptional diving catch by Mushfiqur Rahim. Despite a shaky start, Sri Lanka's Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis tried to stabilize their innings, but Shakib Al Hasan separated them, with Mendis contributing 19 runs from 30 balls. Nissanka, after a promising 41, also departed in the 13th over.
Sadeera Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka then took charge, steadying Sri Lanka's innings. However, Samarawickrama fell to Shakib in the 25th over. Controversy arose when Angelo Mathews arrived late to bat and was subsequently timed out, leaving without facing a single delivery. Dhananjaya lost his wicket in the 38th over after accumulating 34 runs from 36 balls.
Asalanka partnered with Theekshana and achieved a remarkable century, amassing 108 runs from 105 balls, including six fours and five sixes. Hasan Sakib from Tanzania secured three wickets for Bangladesh, while Shoriful Islam and Shakib each took two wickets in an intense contest.
Bangladesh scored a fighting win
While pursuing the target, Bangladesh faced early setbacks, losing both their openers in the initial powerplay. However, skipper Shakib Al Hasan and Najmul Hossain Shanto orchestrated a remarkable recovery, simplifying the run chase for the Bangla Tigers. Together, they forged an impressive 169-run partnership for the third wicket.
The star all-rounder’s experience shone as he adeptly handled both pacers and spinners. Despite their excellent efforts, both Shakib and Shanto narrowly missed out on centuries. Shakib was dismissed after scoring 82 runs, courtesy of Angelo Mathews, the same player he had timed out earlier in the match.
Let us look at how Twitter has reacted to this loss from Sri Lanka:
but when it comes to rivalries, Pakistan vs. Zimbabwe still takes the lead.— Vipin Tiwari (@Vipintiwari952_) November 6, 2023
To ye angelo kis bat ki akad dikha ra th?— 𝐊𝐨𝐡𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭!𝟎𝐧_👑🚩 (@bholination) November 6, 2023
Bangladesh did cheat here, if Mathews played that innings, Sri Lanka easily got 350 runs, but Bangladesh played with cheating specially Shakib— विजय (@bijjuu11) November 6, 2023
Fluke— 𝙋𝙤𝙥𝙖™ (@Here4Virat) November 6, 2023
The Clash of the Beggers 🔥🔥— Cricket Polls (@CricPollsdaily) November 6, 2023
What is Bangladesh team. When they are in trouble they send inexperienced Hridoy up the order and Mahmad bats after him. Today it was best chance for Hridoy to get exposure and they sent Mahmadullah up the order— Sports syncs (@moiz_sports) November 6, 2023
Bhai security bula lo....Royal rumble na suru ho jaye...😂😂— Hriday Singh (@hridaysingh16) November 6, 2023