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Men’s cricket team lose convincingly at SA Games

  • Published at 11:03 pm December 8th, 2019
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Bangladesh U-23's Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Afif Hossain react during their South Asian Games match against host Nepal Saturday Courtesy

As both sides had already confirmed their places in the final to be held on Sunday, yesterday’s group stage encounter at Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur was essentially a warm up of the gold medal decider

The Bangladesh under-23 Men’s Cricket Team suffered a demoralizing nine-wicket defeat at the hands of their Sri Lankan counterparts yesterday,  receiving a wake up call before their gold medal match at the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal.

As both sides had already confirmed their places in the final to be held on Sunday, yesterday’s group stage encounter at Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur was essentially a warm up of the gold medal decider. The Lankan batsmen chased down the 151 set by Bangladesh in 16.1 overs, losing only one wicket.

Sri Lanka’s first-down batsman Lasith Croospulle put in a man-of-the match performance, scoring an unbeaten 73 off just 41 deliveries, while opener Pathum Nissanka also finished not out on 67 from 52 balls. The pair’s 134-run stand ensured the game was a one-sided affair.

Earlier in the day, the Bangladesh side struggled from the outset after losing the toss. The Tigers were reduced to 21/3 in the fifth over, before Yasir Ali scored 51 and Maidul Islam Ankon added 44 to take the side to a decent total. The 80-run stand by the pair was the only bright spot in the Bangladesh innings.