Bangladesh, relatively richer in cumulative experience, clash with Sri Lanka in a Super-12 match of the T20 World Cup 2021 in Sharjah on Sunday. Both teams qualified from the Round 1 stage of the tournament in UAE and Oman. Bangladesh are yet to capitalise on the amount of T20 experience they have. Shakib Al Hasan, among the leading all-rounders in the world, has led the Bangladesh Tigers well but the entire team needs to rally around him. Sri Lanka, with a very attractive bowling attack, will remember that Scotland had upset Bangladesh and Mahmudullah's team is quite prone to a batting collapse. Sri Lanka are coming off the back of three comfortable wins against the Netherlands, Ireland and Namibia which saw them top Group A and will provide stern opposition to Bangladesh Tigers, who head to the UAE after previously playing in Oman. Follow here live cricket scores of Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka.
19:19 PM IST: Charith Asalanka - Player of the Match
I am happy that I am able to help Sri Lanka win. The pitch looked good for batting and so I played my shots. Birthday boy Rajapaksha was the game-changer..
19:06 PM IST: Sri Lanka win
It's all over here in Sharjah. And what a chase it has been from the Sri Lankans. Brilliant. Charith Asalanka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa take Sri Lanka home in their Super 12 opener with seven wickets in hand. Bad day for Bangladesh.
18:59 PM IST: Rajapaksa fifty
Fifty for Bhanuka Rajapaksa with a couple of runs. Birthday boy gift for sure.
18:56 PM IST: Captaincy musings
After Shakib takes two wickets in an over, he doesn't get to bowl and comes when the chips are down. Did Mahmudullah lose the game there?
18:50 PM IST: Birthday Boy magic
Birthday boy Bhanuka Rajapaksa is doing it for Sri Lanka with two back-to-back sixes and two fours off Mohammed Saifuddin. 22 runs from the over Is Bangladesh losing their way? Sri Lanka 148/4 (16)
18:46 PM IST: Liton drops again
Oh dear! Such a bad day for Liton Das. He drops priced Charith Asalanka in the boundary. Pretty good over from Mustafizur Rahman conceding only five runs. Sri Lanka 126/4 (15)
18:39 PM IST: Asalanka goes big
Charith Asalanka is taking on the Bangladesh captain, hits for a couple of sisxes to bring down the equation. Bhanuka Rajapaksa (22*) and Charith Asalanka (63*). Sri Lanka 121/4 (14).
18:29 PM IST: Rajapaksa Dropped
Dropped! How costly will that be from Liton Das? He misjudges a Bhanuka Rajapaksa strike, drops and lets it go to the boundary. Charith Asalanka also brings up his fifty. Bhanuka Rajapaksa (20*) and Charith Asalanka (50*). Sri Lanka 105/4 (13).
18:28 PM IST: Mahmudullah in attack
Tight first over by Mahmudullah, Just five runs coming from it. Sri Lanka 90/4 (12).
18:25 PM IST: Bangla keep SL in check
Bangladesh have been able to stop the run flow. 18 runs in the last four overs. Charith Asalanka is still hanging in the middle with an unbeaten 47. Sri Lanka 85/4 (11).
18:15 PM IST: Bangla back in the game
Three quick wickets bring Bangladesh in the game. Wanindu Hasaranga is the latest to go off the bowling of Mohammad Saifuddin. From 70/1 in ninth over to 79/4 in the 9.4 overs.
18:09 PM IST: Stat
With his two wickets in the ninth over, Shakib Al Hasan has the most wickets in T20 World Cup. 41 for Shakib. He is followed by Shahid Afridi (39), Lasith Malinga (38) and Saeed Ajmal (36).
18:06 PM IST: Shakib goes through
Bowled'em! Shakib Al Hasan does the magic as he dismisses Nissanka Pratthum for 24 and Avishka Fernando for nought. Sri Lanka 71/3 (8.3).
17:59 PM IST: Asalanka magic
Charith Asalanka is turning out to be the messiah for Sri Lanka. He hits two boundaries of a Mustafizur Rahman first over to race away to 42 off just 22 balls. Pathum Nissanka (22*). Sri Lanka 67/1 (7)
17:55 PM IST: SL boss Powerplay
Nissanka gets his first six of the match, a long 79m hit. Also brings up 50-run partnership between the two. Sri Lanka 54/1 (6)
17:52 PM IST: Shakib starts brilliantly
Brilliant first over by Shakib Al Hasan, just five runs. Like in previous matches, Shakib is going to play a huge role in this match. Sri Lanka 39/1 (5)
17:48 PM IST: Asalanka steady ship
Baring a boundary, Mohammed Saifuddin delivers a pretty good over. Charith Asalanka (27*) and Pathum Nissanka (5*). Sri Lanka 34/1 (4)
17:42 PM IST: Asalanka with big hits
After the initial setback, Sri Lanka have come back into the game with two sixes in an over, courtesy of Charith Asalanka, off Nasum Ahmed and a four off the bowling of Mahedi Hasan. Pathum Nissanka (4*) and Charith Asalanka (21*). Sri Lanka 26/1 (3)
17:32 PM IST: Dream start
What a start for Bangladesh. Playing in place of Taskin Ahmed, Nasum Ahmed dismisses Kusal Perera for just 1, clean bowled. Sri Lanka 4/1 (1).
17:18 PM IST: Bangladesh 171/4 in 20 overs
Bangladesh have picked up the pace in the tournament as far as their batting are concerned. This is their third consecutive 150-plus score after a shock loss to Scotland in the opener. Credit goes to Mohammed Naim and Mushfiqur Naim for the way they batted. The onus is on the bowlers now to defend. Can they do it?
17:09 PM IST: Rahim reaches fifty
Sixth T20 international fifty for Mushfiqur Rahim. He takes a single off Lahiru Kumara to reach his milestone. Bangladesh also reach 150-run mark. Rahim's scores vs SL in T20s since 2018 -- 66*, 6, 72*, 28, 50* (today)
17:02 PM IST: Rahim nears fifty
A boundary each from Mushfiqur Rahim and Afif Hossain takes Bangladesh to 140/3 after 17 overs. Rahim needs six runs for his fifty.
16:56 PM IST: Naim departs
Binura Fernando finally has the last laugh. Mohammed Naim gives him a simple return catch to head home for 62 off 52 balls. Time for Mushfiqur Rahim to take charge. Bangladesh 129/3 (16.1)
16:52 PM IST: Rahim picking up pace
Mushfiqur Rahim is slowly picking the pace. He hits Wanindu Hasaranga for back-to-back fours in the 15th over. Mohammad Naim (56*) and Mushfiqur Rahim (34*). Bangladesh 118/2 (15)
16:45 PM IST: Double joy
Hark work paid off. Mohammed Naim brings up his fifty with a boundary over the bowler's head, off Lahiru Kumara. It also brings 100 up for Bangla Tigers. Naim (55*), Rahim (24*), Bangladesh 107/2 (14)
16:39 PM IST: Rahim hits another big hit
Looks like Musfiqur Rahim wants to hit sixes for Bangladesh today only. The right-hander clears the boundary for the second time in the innings. Bangladesh 96/2 (13)
16:37 PM IST: Shanaka bowls tight
What an over by Dasun Shanaka! Just four runs at this crunch time. Mohammad Naim (45*) and Mushfiqur Rahim (14*). Bangladesh 87/2 (12)
16:31 PM IST: Rahim's hits first six
Mushfiqur hits the first six of the innings, a slogweep, down on his knee to connect in perfection. Baring that six, Wanindu Hasaranga gives singles in each of the rest five balls. Bangladesh 83/2 (11). Rahim (12*) and Mohammed Naim (43*).
16:26 PM IST: Halfway stage
At the halfway stage, Bangladesh are riding on Mohammed Naim's unbeaten 40. The Sri Lankan bowlers will be proud with the way they bowled, especially picking up the priced wicket of Shakib Al Hasan. Mushfiqur Rahim is accompanying Naim. Bangladesh 72/2 (10).
16:14 PM IST: Shakib out
Oh My My! Shakib Al Hasan's stay at the crease is cut short by a Chamika Karunaratne delivery. Shakib gets beaten and sees his leg-stump uprooted for 10. Bangladesh 56/2 (7.4)
16:10 PM IST" 50 up for Bangla
Tough first over for Charith Asalanka as Shakib Al Hasan dispatches him for a couple of boundaries. 50 up for Bangladesh. Shakib Al Hasan (10*) and Mohammad Naim (27). Bangladesh 55/1 (7)
16:05 PM IST: Kumara picks Liton
Lahiru Kumara finally breaks the Bangladesh opening stand, dismisses Liton Das for 16. Mohammad Naim still at the crease with Shakib Al Hasan joining. Bangladesh 41/1 (6).
16:01 PM IST : Bangaldesh build on
A boundary each in the next two overs has kept the Bangladesh scoreboard ticking. Pretty improved batting from Liton Das, who has struggled in this tournament before this match. Liton Das (15*) and Mohammad Naim (21*). Bangladesh 38/0 (5).
15:49 PM IST: Sizzling Karunaratne
Chamika Karunaratne is constantly hitting the deck at 150kph. Three times in this over with highest of 146kph. Indian fans might remember SRH's Umran Malik in IPL 2021. Only a boundary from Mohammad Naim in this over. Liton Das (8*) and Mohammad Naim (21*). Bangladesh 21/0 (3).
15:41 PM IST: Liton hits first boundary
First four of the match. Liton Das flicks down the leg side, gets an inside edge to run away to fine leg boundary, off Binura Fernando. Das shuffles to flick and gets an inside edge that eludes the keeper and speeds away to the fine leg fence. Seven runs from the over. Bangladesh 9/0 (2).
15:39 PM IST: In Case You Missed It
ICYMI, Sri Lanka have been so far unbeaten in the last three matches in the ongoing competition. While Bangladesh made a brilliant comeback with back-to-back matches after a shock loss against Scotland in their opener.
15:37 PM IST: Tight start from SL
Brilliant first over from Chamika Karunaratne. Just two runs from the opening over. Liton Das (1*) and Mohammad Naim (1*). Bangladesh 2/0 (1).
15:25 PM IST: Stat
Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman is the second-highest wicket-taker in T20 internationals in 2021 with 55 wickets.
15:20 PM IST: StatSri Lanka’s top-order has struggled so much since July 2019 that they are the only side to average below 19 and strike rate at under 110.
15: 14 PM IST: Head-To-Head
Sri Lanka enjoy a 7-4 head-to-head against Bangladesh in T20 internationals. The two teams have met in T20 World Cup only once with the Island nation prevailing through.
15: 10 PM IST: PLAYING XIs
Bangladesh: Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah(c), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan(w), Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera(w), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Kumara
15:08 PM IST: Captains speak
Dasun Shanaka (SL): Our bowlers are doing a good job for us. We have a minor change. Binura Fernando gets a match in place of Maheesh Theekshana.
Mahmudullah (BAN): We would have batted first had we won the toss. We also have a change. Taskin Ahmed isn't playing today. Nasum Ahmed comes in.
15:03 PM IST: Toss:
Sri Lanka have won the toss and will bowl first.
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera (wk), Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal
Bangladesh: Mahmudullah (c), Nurul Hasan (wk), Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Shamim Hossain, Nasum Ahmed , Soumya Sarkar
Binura Fernando to Naim, out Caught&Bowled!! Naim c and b Binura Fernando 62(52) [4s-6]