Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by five wickets in a feisty T20 World Cup clash on Sunday, hammering home their status as surprise contenders for the title.
Chasing an imposing target of 172, the 2014 champions saw Charith Asalanka (80 not out) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (53) lead them to victory for a fourth successive win after three triumphs in the qualifying round.
Earlier, Mushfiqur Rahim, with an undefeated 57 and opener Mohammad Naim, who hit 62, starred for the Tigers in the Super 12 game.
England, Australia, South Africa and West Indies are the other teams in the group from where the top two will make the semi-finals.
Sri Lanka have won the toss and elected to field in Sharjah 🏏
— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) October 24, 2021
This was the first of the two matches that will be played today.
Pakistan is taking on arch-rivals India in the second match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium of the day.
A-Sports, Pakistan’s first HD sports channel, is broadcasting the T20 World Cup matches live.
Sri Lanka Playing XI: Kusal Perera (wicketkeeper), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara and Binura Fernando.
Bangladesh Playing XI: Litton Das, Mohammad Naim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mahmudullah (captain), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wicketkeeper), Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Nasum Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman.
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