Bangladesh's dream of Asia Cup broken, Sri Lanka won by 21 runs
Bangladesh's dream of Asia Cup broken, Sri Lanka won by 21 runs

Bangladesh's dream of Asia Cup broken, Sri Lanka won by 21 runs


Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by 21 runs in the Asia Cup final. Bangladesh failed to chase 221 runs and lost their wickets in 48.1 overs.

When 68 more runs were needed from 42 balls, Bangladesh was still hoping to win. Towhid Hridoy was the 'last hope' at the crease, bringing darkness as he departed. No more drama was staged for Bangladesh in an innings of yet another batting disaster. Bangladesh stopped short of the target given by Sri Lanka by 21 runs. As a result, Shakib Al Hasan is not playing the final of the current Asia Cup.

Chandika Hathurusingha's men went into the match against Sri Lanka with one batter less. Afif Hossain was replaced by spinner Nasum Ahmed. That Nasum Ahmed bowled well controlled, but remained wicketless. But in Sri Lanka's run chase, he was hinting at something dramatic in batting at the end. But that was not enough to evade the Sri Lankan fielders across the boundary. Finally, Nasum Ahmed's attempt was stopped by Mathisha Pathirana's famous yorker bowled by 'Junior Malinga'.

Bangladesh's innings stopped at 236 runs. Towhid Hridoy played the highest innings of 82 runs (97 balls) for Tiger. He finished the innings with 7 4s and a 6. Besides Mushfiqur Rahim 29, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 28(29) and Mohammad Naim 21(46) runs. Nasum Ahmed scored 15 runs off 15 balls before being dismissed at the end. Besides, 10(7) runs came from the bat of Hasan Mahmud. Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana and Dasun Shanaka got three wickets each for Sri Lanka.

Before this, Towhid Hridoy was burning at one end as the peninsula of hope in Bangladesh. Maheesh Theekshana also extinguished the peninsula of red-green hope. Shamim Hossain was also with him for a while. Has the ability to play big shots, for which he has always garnered praise. But today he could not at the required moment. When he needed to increase the pace of runs, he added 5 runs from 10 balls when he came to the wicket and increased the danger of the opposite team.