‘The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League’ Points Table View After The 2nd ODI — BAN vs SL

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3 min readMay 27, 2021

Mushfiqur Rahim saved Bangladesh from an under total against Sri Lanka for the second game in a row, producing a spectacular 125 whilst the team’s second-highest scorer only scored 41 runs. With the exception of weather delays and the hosts’ decision to bring Shoriful Islam and Mosaddek Hossain in place of Taskin Ahmed and Mohammad Mithun, the setup for the second ODI was very similar to that of the first.

Even as Liton Das and Rahim tried to rebuild their ‘Strength’

Bangladesh were 15/2 after choosing to bat after calling properly, with Tamim Iqbal and Shakib al Hasan, who both went for ducks, back in the room within the first couple of overs courtesy of Dushmantha Chameera. Even as Liton Das and Rahim tried to rebuild their strength, the Sri Lankan spinners made careful to give up as few runs as possible. Das and Hossain’s appearance was terminated by another couple of fast strikes from Lakshan Sandakan, leaving everything to the two guardians from the previous game — Rahim and Mahmudullah.

Bangladesh were strengthened by their 87-run fifth-wicket partnership, with Mahmudullah scoring 41 off 58 balls. However, Sandakan caught him behind in the 34th over, putting an end to any hopes that he might have had to accelerate towards the finish of the innings. After finding little to no help from Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, and Mohammad Saifuddin, it came down to Rahim facing the whole weight of adding runs.

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Mushfiqur Rahim saved Bangladesh causing the most damage to Opponents

Rahim hit 10 fours in his 125-run effort that came off 127 balls before Dushmantha Chameera removed him after falling short of his 8th ODI tonne by 16 runs a few days ago. Bangladesh’s momentum was broken in the final overs by a number of rain showers, but they still managed to post a total that would be too much for their opponents to chase, especially to Rahim’s knocks.

The visitors never looked in the competition of chasing down 247 on a slow track, while Bangladesh was efficient in not letting any of their batters contribute more than 29 for any wicket, with Mehidy Hasan and Mustafizur causing the most damage. The duo shared 6 wickets between them, with Shakib contributing 2.

Every batsman in Sri Lanka’s top-order got a chance to bat, but they failed to execute and build on their opportunities to keep the team in what should have been a straightforward chase. Danushka Gunathilaka stayed in the middle for 46 balls and hit 24, while Pathum Nissanka earned 20 from 36 balls at three. However, because of a sequence of dropped wickets, Sri Lanka ran out of gas much sooner than one might think after their bowlers did a decent job. Sri Lanka was 9 down with 112 runs to chase in 12 overs when the game ended off due to rain. The hosts go to the top of the ODI Super League points table by 103 runs (D/L method) to win the series.

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