Match 15 of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 saw temper flares as Sri Lankan fast bowler Lahiru Kumara was seen engaging in a verbal battle with Bangladesh batsman Liton Das. Chasing 172 runs, the Islanders chased down the target with seven balls to spare.
The incident took place in the last over the powerplay when Lahiru Kumara got the better of Liton Das. Kumara was certainly pumped and threw a couple of words at the Bangladesh batter who didn’t like it at all.
Liton also struck back which led to a physical engagement. The on-field umpires had to intervene to take players to the other sides.
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The verbal argument between #LitonDas and #DushmanthaChameera shows the rivalry of #SlvsBan during the Nidhas Trophy is not over yet.
This is something we don't want to see in #Cricket field.#BANvSL #T20WorldCup21 #Crickettwitter pic.twitter.com/Rw7xC6TqkW
— M.H. Fahad (@MH_Fahad211) October 24, 2021
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171 looked like a good total from Bangladesh especially with the attack they had. However, Charith Asalanka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa played two blinder of innings to take his Sri Lanka over the line which is also their highest chase in T20 World Cups.
The Islanders got off to a flying start before Bangladesh made a superb comeback to have Sri Lanka at 79/4 from 71/0. Two dropped catches from Mahmudullah cost the Bangla Tigers as Asalanka and Rajapaksa grabbed the opportunity to gift Sri Lanka a five-wicket victory.
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Speaking at the end of the game, Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka lauded his batters for putting up an extraordinary performance on a difficult wicket. He said:
“Not the easiest target to chase. It’s all about boundaries. Once the batsman gets set, any target is chaseable. Really important to win the first game. They batted really well. Those knocks are brilliant (Asalanka and Rajapaksa).”