Asalanka's Heroic Century Propels Sri Lanka to 279 in BAN vs SL 2023 World Cup Clash

Asalanka's heroic century in the BAN vs SL 2023 World Cup clash helps Sri Lanka achieve a total of 279 runs. Read more about Asalanka's impressive performance in this thrilling match.

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Asalanka's brilliant knock of 108 runs during ODI World Cup 2023 Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 38th Match at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi

The ODI World Cup 2023 witnessed a stunning display of skill and determination as Sri Lanka's Charith Asalanka smashed his way to a magnificent century against Bangladesh. Despite facing regular setbacks, Asalanka's heroic innings propelled Sri Lanka to a respectable total of 279 runs. This article delves into the thrilling match, highlighting the key moments and contributions that led to Sri Lanka's competitive score.


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Bangladesh Strikes Early

The match began with a bang as Bangladesh's wicketkeeper, Mushfiqur Rahim, showcased his brilliance with a stunning one-handed catch to dismiss Kusal Perera in the very first over. However, Bangladesh's early success was short-lived, as Pathum Nissanka counterattacked with an impressive display of stroke play, smashing three boundaries. Nissanka's partnership with Kusal Mendis laid a solid foundation for Sri Lanka.

Unfortunately, both batsmen fell in quick succession. Mendis, who initially struggled to find his rhythm, managed to hit a six before falling to a catch at long-on. Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh's star all-rounder, wasted no time in making an impact, claiming his first wicket within three balls. Tanzim Hasan Sakib followed suit and bowled Nissanka for a well-earned 41 runs.


Samarawickrama and Asalanka's Resilience

Despite the setbacks, Sri Lanka refused to back down. Sadeera Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka formed a crucial partnership, adding stability and resilience to the innings. Samarawickrama scored at a brisk pace, hitting four boundaries before falling prey to Shakib's flighted delivery, caught at deep midwicket.

Meanwhile, Asalanka continued to anchor the innings, reaching his well-deserved half-century off 56 balls. His composed batting allowed Sri Lanka to regain control, despite the fall of wickets at the other end. Dhananjaya de Silva joined Asalanka, contributing a valuable 34 runs off 36 balls. However, de Silva's dismissal due to being stumped off Mehidy Hasan's bowling interrupted Sri Lanka's momentum.


Asalanka's Century and Late Wickets

Undeterred by de Silva's departure, Asalanka shifted gears and maintained a steady flow of runs. His exquisite stroke play and strategic shot selection helped him reach a remarkable century off 101 balls in the 48th over. This century marked the ninth hundred scored at the venue, making it a significant milestone in the World Cup.

As the innings progressed, Maheesh Theekshana provided crucial support to Asalanka, adding 22 valuable runs. However, once Asalanka was caught in the deep off Tanzim Hasan Sakib's bowling, Sri Lanka's lower order collapsed, losing their last three wickets for just one run. Sri Lanka's innings concluded with three balls remaining, setting a target of 279 for Bangladesh.


Sri Lanka's innings was a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, with Asalanka's century being the standout performance. Despite the setbacks and regular strikes from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka managed to reach a competitive total of 279 runs. As the teams prepared for the second innings, the stage was set for an exciting chase in the ODI World Cup 2023.

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