Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by five wickets in their first match of Asia Cup 2023 played at Pallekele Stadium in the island nation.

Bangladesh’s Captain Shakib-al-Hassan won the toss and chose to bat first. Bangladesh team collapsed at 164 runs in 42.4 overs. Najam-ul-Husain Shanto was the top scorer with 89 runs on 122 deliveries, while only four other batsmen could get into double figures. Bangladesh set up a target of 165 runs for the Lankans to chase.


Matheesha Pathirana becoming the top wicket taker with four scalps.

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In the second inning, while chasing the target of 165 runs, Sri Lanka lost three early wickets on the score of 43. Asalanka and Samarawickrama then set a partnership of 78 runs that led Sri Lanka to victory.

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Asalanka remained unbeaten with 62 runs on 92 balls while Samarawickrama scored 54 runs on 77 balls.
Shakib al Hassan was the top wicket-taker from the Bangladesh side with two wickets.


The next match of Asia Cup 2023 will be played on September 2 between Pakistan and India at Pallekele stadium.