Bangladesh Pulls Off Dramatic Win to Keep Champions Trophy Hopes Alive
Sri Lanka was eliminated after a three-wicket loss to Bangladesh. Angelo Mathews’ dismissal due to time delay marked the game, but Bangladesh’s determined chase keeps their Champions Trophy dream alive.
Bangladesh282 for 7 (Shanto 90, Shakib 82, Madushanka 3-69, Mathews 2-35) beat , Sri Lanka 279 (Asalanka 108, Nissanka 41, Tanzim 3-80, Shoriful 2-51, Shakib 2-57) by three wickets
Bangladesh pulled off a thrilling win against Sri Lanka in the World Cup. The result eliminated Sri Lanka from the tournament but kept Bangladesh’s hopes alive for a spot in the 2025 Champions Trophy.
The game was marked by a historic moment when Angelo Mathews became the first player in international cricket history, across both men’s and women’s formats, to be dismissed due to a timing delay.
Mathews took his time reaching the crease during the Sri Lankan innings and even requested a new helmet just before facing his first ball. This delay led to Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan‘s appeal, and the umpires upheld it. A visibly frustrated Mathews walked off the field, setting the tone for a charged evening.
Charith Asalanka played a brilliant innings, scoring 108 off 105 balls, and led Sri Lanka to a total of 279. The match was filled with tension, particularly when Shakib walked out to bat. Despite the hostile atmosphere, Shakib held his ground and played a crucial role in Bangladesh’s chase, contributing 82 runs off 65 balls. His partnership with Najmul Hossain Shanto, which produced 169 runs in just 149 balls, was pivotal.
The game continued to sway back and forth with Sri Lanka taking wickets whenever Bangladesh hit boundaries. However, Bangladesh’s determination prevailed, securing their second victory of the tournament and marking their first-ever World Cup win against Sri Lanka.