Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Record run chase puts Sri Lanka in Super Four of Asia Cup 2022

Record run chase puts Sri Lanka in Super Four of Asia Cup 2022

DUBAI - Sri Lanka chased down a target of 184 with four balls and two wickets to spare to qualify to the Super Four stage of Asia Cup 2022 in Dubai.

In a game that swung back and forth, Sri Lanka held their nerve under pressure to sneak in a two-wicket win and qualify to the Super Four stage of Asia Cup 2022.

Chasing 184, Sri Lanka started off well, but soon found themselves in trouble at 77/4 in the ninth over. Kusal Mendis, helped by a series of let-offs, compiled a half-century, and Dasun Shanaka added momentum to the innings to take Sri Lanka close.

However, Bangladesh struck again in quick succession to come out on top.

At 158/7 in the 18th over, Sri Lanka's hopes appeared done and dusted, but helped by a boundary off a no-ball in the penultimate over, Sri Lanka managed 17 runs off Ebadot Hossain's over to turn the game on its head.

Asitha Fernando, on debut, hit 10 off three balls, including a crucial four off the second ball in the final over to help Sri Lanka complete their second-highest run chase in T20Is.

It was also the highest-ever successful run chase in UAE in T20Is, beating Afghanistan's run chase of 180 against UAE in 2016.–ICC