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.


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.