Sri Lanka sets 264-run target for Bangladesh in ODI World Cup practice match

Friday, 29 September 2023 - 18:23

In the lead-up to the highly anticipated ODI World Cup, Sri Lanka faced off against Bangladesh in their first practice match, bringing cricket enthusiasts and fans to the edge of their seats. The captain of the Sri Lankan team, won the toss and decided to bat first.

The Sri Lankan team, after a gripping 49 overs, managed to post a total of 263 runs, although not without some twists and turns along the way.

One standout moment came when Kusal Janith Perera had to exit the field due to a shoulder injury. However, not before a partnership of 64 runs to the team's total. Kusal Perera scored a quick 34 runs off just 24 balls before his departure.

Kusal Mendis, who stepped in, displayed his prowess with the bat, adding 22 runs to the scoreboard in just 19 balls. Meanwhile, Dhananjaya de Silva played a steady innings, accumulating 55 runs off 79 balls. Captain Dasun Shanaka, was out for a modest 3 runs from 17 balls.

Pathum Nisanka scored 68 runs in 64 balls. His contribution was instrumental in helping Sri Lanka reach their total.

In the process Sri Lanka utilized all the available batsmen in the squad and yet failed to survive the 50 overs. However, the nature of the pitch and the actual value of the score would be reflected as Bangladesh chase the target. 

In another practice match between Pakistan and New Zealand, the Pakistani team demonstrated their prowess by winning the toss and amassing a total of 274 runs for the loss of 4 wickets at the end of 44 overs.

These practice matches serve as crucial warm-ups for the upcoming ODI World Cup, offering teams a chance to fine-tune their skills and strategies before the tournament officially kicks off.

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