Three Memorable Asia Cup Matches Between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

In the heart of cricketing battles, the Asia Cup has etched its name as a stage for riveting clashes and memorable moments.Across the years, this tournament has witnessed nations locking horns in a spirited quest for supremacy. In the opener of the Asia Cup 2023, we saw Pakistan completing a dominating victory over Nepal. Now, as we move on to the second game of the Asia Cup 2023, we see Sri Lanka taking on Bangladesh at the Pallekele International Stadium.

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As the home team, Sri Lanka have the upper hand in the match. However, one can not undermine Bangladesh who have upset several powerhouse of cricket recently.

As we journey back to the annals of cricket history, we uncover three iconic clashes between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. From a rising Bangladesh challenging established norms to Sri Lanka’s batting and bowling symphonies, these matches are threads woven into the rich tapestry of cricket’s legacy. Join us on this exhilarating journey as we revisit the epic battles that have made Sri Lanka versus Bangladesh clashes in the Asia Cup an essential chapter in the sport’s history.

  1. Asia Cup 2018: Bangladesh’s Stunning Triumph Over Sri Lanka

The 2018 Asia Cup opener witnessed a clash of titans as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka went head-to-head at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on September 15th. This gripping encounter, which would shape the course of the tournament, culminated in a historic victory for Bangladesh.

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Batting first, Bangladesh’s batting lineup faced early adversities. The early loss of Litton Das and Shakib Al Hasan sent shockwaves in the dugout. Tamim Iqbal, their experienced opener, retired hurt with the score at a precarious 3 runs for 2 wickets,  further compounding the pressure on Bangladesh.

However, the story of Bangladesh’s innings took a dramatic turn with the arrival of Mushfiqur Rahim. Rahim’s unbeaten 144 off 150 deliveries was a masterclass in resilience and skill. His partnership with Mohammad Mithun, who contributed a solid 63 runs, played a pivotal role in stabilising the innings and building a foundation for a competitive total.

Lasith Malinga led Sri Lanka’s bowling attack, picking up crucial wickets and ending the match with figures of 4 for 23. Despite his efforts, Bangladesh managed to post a challenging total of 261 runs, underlining their determination to fight back against the odds.

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In their pursuit of 262 runs, Sri Lanka faced a steep uphill battle. Upul Tharanga’s explosive 27 off 16 deliveries provided a glimpse of hope, but Bangladesh’s bowlers struck early and consistently to create pressure. Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mashrafe Mortaza took 2 wickets each, applying the brakes on Sri Lanka’s momentum.

Sri Lanka’s batting lineup struggled to build substantial partnerships. Dilruwan Perera’s valiant effort, scoring 29 runs, was one of the few shining moments for the team. However, the pressure from Bangladesh’s bowlers proved insurmountable as Sri Lanka’s innings folded for just 124 runs in 35.2 overs.

  1. Asia Cup 2004: Sri Lanka’s Dominant Display Against Bangladesh

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh faced off in the 9th match of the 2004-2005 Asia Cup at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The contest, which witnessed Sri Lanka’s commanding performance, culminated in a resounding victory for the home team.

Batting first, Bangladesh aimed to set a competitive total against the formidable Sri Lankan side. However, the early exchanges favoured Sri Lanka as they managed to strike early, dismissing Rajin Saleh and Habibul Bashar in quick succession. Bangladesh’s batsmen struggled to establish partnerships as wickets fell at regular intervals.

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Among the standout performers for Bangladesh was Mohammad Ashraful, who displayed his resilience with a gritty knock of 66 runs. Manjural Islam Rana’s valiant 43 provided a much-needed boost to the innings, but the Sri Lankan bowlers, led by Chaminda Vaas with 3 wickets and supported by Lasith Malinga and Muttiah Muralitharan, restricted Bangladesh to 190/9 in their allotted 50 overs.

Chasing a target of 191 runs, Sri Lanka’s openers Avishka Gunawardene and Sanath Jayasuriya demonstrated an absolute masterclass in batting. The duo’s unwavering partnership ensured that Bangladesh’s bowlers were kept at bay. Gunawardene’s patient 64 not out laid the foundation, while Jayasuriya’s explosive knock of 107 not out stole the limelight.

Jayasuriya’s blistering innings featured 11 boundaries, showcasing his dominance and flair. The partnership of 191 runs between Gunawardene and Jayasuriya left no room for Bangladesh to make a breakthrough. Sri Lanka reached the target with remarkable ease, ending their innings at 191/0 in just 33.3 overs. Sanath Jayasuriya, who absolutely dismantled the Bangladesh bowlers, was hailed as the ‘Player of the Match’. 

  1. Asia Cup 2010: Sri Lanka’s Dominant Victory

In the sweltering heat of Dambulla, cricket enthusiasts witnessed a thrilling showdown between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on June 18th, during the 2009-2010 Asia Cup. The stage was set at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium for a cricketing spectacle that ended in a commanding win for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s batsmen set the pitch ablaze, amassing a formidable total of 312/4 in their 50 overs. The party began with Upul Tharanga’s 54, followed by a smashing performance from Tillakaratne Dilshan, who shone with both bat and ball. His 71 runs off 51 deliveries were a treat for fans, showcasing his mastery over the game. Kumar Sangakkara added 52 runs to the scoreboard, while Mahela Jayawardene’s 43 runs packed a punch. Angelo Mathews and Chamara Kapugedera’s late-game heroics ensured Sri Lanka’s total was a mountain to climb for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh faced the monumental task of chasing down 313 runs. Their efforts were led by Tamim Iqbal’s gritty 51 and Junaid Siddique’s valiant 38, but they struggled against the disciplined Sri Lankan bowlers. Dilshan, who had already made a mark with the bat, turned the game with his bowling prowess. His three crucial wickets, backed by Lasith Malinga’s precision, Muttiah Muralitharan’s expertise, and Chanaka Welegedara’s clever deliveries, proved too much for Bangladesh. 

Despite the brave fight, Bangladesh was bowled out for 186 runs in 40.2 overs. Tillakaratne Dilshan’s exceptional all-round performance earned him the well-deserved “Player of the Match” award. Not only did he shine with the bat, but his three wickets for Sri Lanka were instrumental in securing the victory. His contributions in both departments were a testament to his cricketing prowess.

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In the heart of cricketing battles, the Asia Cup has etched its name as a stage for riveting clashes and memorable moments.Across the years, this tournament has witnessed nations locking horns in a spirited quest for supremacy. In the opener of the Asia Cup 2023, we saw Pakistan completing a dominating victory over Nepal. Now, as we move on to the second game of the Asia Cup 2023, we see Sri Lanka taking on Bangladesh at the Pallekele International Stadium.

As the home team, Sri Lanka have the upper hand in the match. However, one can not undermine Bangladesh who have upset several powerhouse of cricket recently.

As we journey back to the annals of cricket history, we uncover three iconic clashes between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. From a rising Bangladesh challenging established norms to Sri Lanka’s batting and bowling symphonies, these matches are threads woven into the rich tapestry of cricket’s legacy. Join us on this exhilarating journey as we revisit the epic battles that have made Sri Lanka versus Bangladesh clashes in the Asia Cup an essential chapter in the sport’s history.

  1. Asia Cup 2018: Bangladesh’s Stunning Triumph Over Sri Lanka

The 2018 Asia Cup opener witnessed a clash of titans as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka went head-to-head at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on September 15th. This gripping encounter, which would shape the course of the tournament, culminated in a historic victory for Bangladesh.

Batting first, Bangladesh’s batting lineup faced early adversities. The early loss of Litton Das and Shakib Al Hasan sent shockwaves in the dugout. Tamim Iqbal, their experienced opener, retired hurt with the score at a precarious 3 runs for 2 wickets,  further compounding the pressure on Bangladesh.

However, the story of Bangladesh’s innings took a dramatic turn with the arrival of Mushfiqur Rahim. Rahim’s unbeaten 144 off 150 deliveries was a masterclass in resilience and skill. His partnership with Mohammad Mithun, who contributed a solid 63 runs, played a pivotal role in stabilising the innings and building a foundation for a competitive total.

Lasith Malinga led Sri Lanka’s bowling attack, picking up crucial wickets and ending the match with figures of 4 for 23. Despite his efforts, Bangladesh managed to post a challenging total of 261 runs, underlining their determination to fight back against the odds.

In their pursuit of 262 runs, Sri Lanka faced a steep uphill battle. Upul Tharanga’s explosive 27 off 16 deliveries provided a glimpse of hope, but Bangladesh’s bowlers struck early and consistently to create pressure. Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mashrafe Mortaza took 2 wickets each, applying the brakes on Sri Lanka’s momentum.

Sri Lanka’s batting lineup struggled to build substantial partnerships. Dilruwan Perera’s valiant effort, scoring 29 runs, was one of the few shining moments for the team. However, the pressure from Bangladesh’s bowlers proved insurmountable as Sri Lanka’s innings folded for just 124 runs in 35.2 overs.

  1. Asia Cup 2004: Sri Lanka’s Dominant Display Against Bangladesh

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh faced off in the 9th match of the 2004-2005 Asia Cup at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The contest, which witnessed Sri Lanka’s commanding performance, culminated in a resounding victory for the home team.

Batting first, Bangladesh aimed to set a competitive total against the formidable Sri Lankan side. However, the early exchanges favoured Sri Lanka as they managed to strike early, dismissing Rajin Saleh and Habibul Bashar in quick succession. Bangladesh’s batsmen struggled to establish partnerships as wickets fell at regular intervals.

Among the standout performers for Bangladesh was Mohammad Ashraful, who displayed his resilience with a gritty knock of 66 runs. Manjural Islam Rana’s valiant 43 provided a much-needed boost to the innings, but the Sri Lankan bowlers, led by Chaminda Vaas with 3 wickets and supported by Lasith Malinga and Muttiah Muralitharan, restricted Bangladesh to 190/9 in their allotted 50 overs.

Chasing a target of 191 runs, Sri Lanka’s openers Avishka Gunawardene and Sanath Jayasuriya demonstrated an absolute masterclass in batting. The duo’s unwavering partnership ensured that Bangladesh’s bowlers were kept at bay. Gunawardene’s patient 64 not out laid the foundation, while Jayasuriya’s explosive knock of 107 not out stole the limelight.

Jayasuriya’s blistering innings featured 11 boundaries, showcasing his dominance and flair. The partnership of 191 runs between Gunawardene and Jayasuriya left no room for Bangladesh to make a breakthrough. Sri Lanka reached the target with remarkable ease, ending their innings at 191/0 in just 33.3 overs. Sanath Jayasuriya, who absolutely dismantled the Bangladesh bowlers, was hailed as the ‘Player of the Match’. 

  1. Asia Cup 2010: Sri Lanka’s Dominant Victory

In the sweltering heat of Dambulla, cricket enthusiasts witnessed a thrilling showdown between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on June 18th, during the 2009-2010 Asia Cup. The stage was set at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium for a cricketing spectacle that ended in a commanding win for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s batsmen set the pitch ablaze, amassing a formidable total of 312/4 in their 50 overs. The party began with Upul Tharanga’s 54, followed by a smashing performance from Tillakaratne Dilshan, who shone with both bat and ball. His 71 runs off 51 deliveries were a treat for fans, showcasing his mastery over the game. Kumar Sangakkara added 52 runs to the scoreboard, while Mahela Jayawardene’s 43 runs packed a punch. Angelo Mathews and Chamara Kapugedera’s late-game heroics ensured Sri Lanka’s total was a mountain to climb for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh faced the monumental task of chasing down 313 runs. Their efforts were led by Tamim Iqbal’s gritty 51 and Junaid Siddique’s valiant 38, but they struggled against the disciplined Sri Lankan bowlers. Dilshan, who had already made a mark with the bat, turned the game with his bowling prowess. His three crucial wickets, backed by Lasith Malinga’s precision, Muttiah Muralitharan’s expertise, and Chanaka Welegedara’s clever deliveries, proved too much for Bangladesh. 

Despite the brave fight, Bangladesh was bowled out for 186 runs in 40.2 overs. Tillakaratne Dilshan’s exceptional all-round performance earned him the well-deserved “Player of the Match” award. Not only did he shine with the bat, but his three wickets for Sri Lanka were instrumental in securing the victory. His contributions in both departments were a testament to his cricketing prowess.

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