This batsman scored a brilliant half-century against Bangladesh and took his team to the Super-4 by winning it.
Kusal Mendis scored a century against Bangladesh. (File Pic)
Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh in the thrilling match played last night and knocked them out of the Asia Cup-2022. In the last over match, Sri Lankan team won by two wickets and made it to Super-4. The important link in this victory of Sri Lanka was batsman Kusal Mendis. This opener played a brilliant innings and scored a half-century. But during this he avoided getting out many times. Seeing Mendis’s batting, it seemed as if luck was running with him.
Batting first, Bangladesh scored 183 runs for the loss of seven wickets in this match. Sri Lanka achieved this target four balls ago. Sri Lanka needed eight runs in the last over which they made till the third ball, although the third ball was a no ball. Both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh had to face defeat at the hands of Afghanistan. That is why this match was very important for both the teams because the team winning this match would get entry in Super-4. Sri Lanka was successful in winning this match.
Avoid getting out 5 times
Mendis scored a half-century in this match. He scored 60 runs in 37 balls hitting four fours and three sixes. During this innings, he avoided getting out five times. Luck favored him in such a way that the players of Bangladesh also got hold of their heads. Mendis got his first lifeline when he was on a run. Mushfiqur Rahim left his catch on the last ball of the second over. After this when he was playing on 29 runs. This time he was dismissed by Bangladesh spinner Mehedi Hasan but this ball was a no ball. This matter is about the last ball of the seventh over of the innings. After this, he was caught on the fifth ball in the next over, but Bangladesh did not take a review here and thus Mendis was saved again.
Mendis’s luck saved him again on the third ball of the 11th over. Here Mendis had a misunderstanding in taking a run with Shanaka and here Mendis escaped being run out. Mendis was again saved from getting out on the fourth ball of the 14th over. This time his shot off Miraj’s ball went into the air, but it was Mendis’s luck that the ball fell ahead of the fielder. Eventually he got out on the third ball of the 15th over. Mustafizur Rahman took his wicket.