Unacademy Road Safety World Series T20: Sri Lanka Legends become table topper by defeating Bangladesh by 42 runs

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Tilakaratne Dilshan

Upul Tharanga (99 runs), captain Tillakaratne Dilshan (33 runs, 3 wickets, 2 catches), Sri Lanka Legends beat Bangladesh Legends by 42 runs at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium here on Wednesday. Has secured the first position in the series’ points table.

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Sri Lanka Legends captain Tilakaratne Dilshan and stylish left-handed batsman Upul Tharanga again delivered standout performances to ensure team win fourth consecutive matches to top the table with 15 points. Sri Lanka won four out of five matches they played to surpass India in the points tally. They defated Bangladesh Legends by 42 runs on Wednesday evening.

Sri Lanka Legends had set a tough target of 181 runs for Bangladesh, chasing which Bangladesh could only manage 138 runs for 6 wickets in 20 overs. Mohammad Nazimuddin scored the highest 54 runs with the help of five fours and a six off 41 balls. Khaled Mashud returned unbeaten after scoring 28 runs off 22 balls with the help of a four and a six.

Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and scored 180 for 6 wickets, batting first. It includes Upul Tharanga’s brilliant 99 runs of 47 balls as he hit 11 fours and 5 sixes.

Sri Lanka started steadily. Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan (33 runs, 23 balls, 6 fours) was dismissed for a total of 37. After this, his partner Sanath Jayasuriya (Retired Heart, 4 runs) could not play further due to a thigh muscle pull.

Tharanga and Chamara Silva (24 runs, 24 balls, 2 fours), who came in to replace Dilshan, managed to take the score closer to 100.

Chamara was out by Mohammed Rafique. He was well supported at the other end by Farveez Mahroof (12 runs, 13 balls, 1 four).

Tharanga hit two sixes and a four in the final over of the innings bowled by Mushfiqur Rahman. On the final ball of the innings, Tharanga needed two runs to complete the century but his partner Nuwan Kulasekara (1) was run out while taking a second run after completing one run.

For Bangladesh, captain Mohammad Rafique, Rajin Saleh and Mohammad Sharif took one wicket each.

Nazimuddin and Mehrab Hussain (27 runs, 26 balls, 3 fours, 1 six) started well for Bangladesh in reply. Both added 57 runs in 7.2 overs for the first wicket.

The Sri Lankan team put a halt to the run pace after Mehrab’s wicket fell. Bangladesh team could not reach 70 runs in 10 overs. Bangladesh lost four wickets while going for 85 runs. Three of these were taken by Dilshan. After this, Bangladesh could not play openly under the pressure of increasing net run rate and forced a third consecutive defeat.

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