Bangladesh (above) have won two matches in a row against United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Sri Lanka © AFP
Bangladesh have won two matches in a row against UAE and Sri Lanka © AFP

As the battle in the ongoing Asia Cup T20 2016 gets more and more intense with each passing day, Bangladesh drubbed Sri Lanka by 23 runs in Match 5 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium at Dhaka on Sunday. Bangladesh, who lost the opening tie against India by 45 runs, have now come back with two wins in a row against United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka won their opening game against UAE in a convincing manner, but could not come up with a similar performance this time around. They will look to improve their chances in the next tie. Ayush Gupta analyses the highlights of this match. Full Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup T20 2016 Match 5 at Dhaka

Sabbir Rahman’s match-winning innings: Undoubtedly the knock of the match from the Man of the Match. Yes, it was his knock, that more or less did the job done for the hosts, as they managed to post an average total on a slow Dhaka track. His knock, that came off 54 deliveries, including 10 boundaries and three sixes, along with a strike rate of 148, was good enough to pile pressure on the Sri Lankan bowlers, who did bowl poorly to the young lad, as he played the sensible knock to take Bangladesh on top.

Shakib Al Hasan’s contribution with the bat: The Bangladesh batting was not just about Rahman, but it was their star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who too played his part and score crucial 32 runs, that added to the Rahman’s innings and others as well, in order to help Bangladesh post an average total of 147. His knock came off 34 deliveries, including three boundaries, along with a strike rate of 94, that too did some good damage to the Sri Lankan bowling attack. Full Cricket Updates: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup T20 2016 Match 5 at Dhaka

The crucial Sabbir-Shakib stand: As both the men contributed decently in the Bangladesh innings, it was not just their individual knock, but the good teamwork that both the men put up together during their stand for the fourth wicket, as they put up a crucial 82-run stand, that really took the game away from the Sri Lankans, as the bowlers found it real tough to get rid of the pair, especially Rahman, who seemed to be in real good form, smashing the ball at vital occasions, and pushing the Lankans more on the back foot in the game.

Dushmantha Chameera’s critical spell: In an otherwise dull day for Sri Lankan bowling, with regular skipper and spear gun Lasith Malinga missing from the side, it was Dushmantha Chameera, who played the critical role and claimed the three important wickets in his spell that counted for 30 runs, with an economy of 7.50, that included 11 dot balls. Apart from him, it was Angelo Mathews and Nuwan Kulasekara, who were the only other wicket-takers in the innings with a wicket each.

Dinesh Chandimal’s steady knock: Although it was a slow and boring chase from the Sri Lankan side, it was their wicketkeeper-batsman and opener Dinesh Chandimal, who provided the fightback, as he played the key knock of 37 to help Sri Lanka reduce the margin of defeat. Had hid knock not come, Sri Lanka would have definitely suffered a bigger defeat margin. His knock, which came off the same amount of deliveries, included four boundaries, along with a strike rate of 100, and was the best and only critical knock of the Lankan innings, while the other batsmen failed to put up an impressive score.

The Chandimal-Shehan Jayasuriya alliance: Despite a tedious batting display from the Sri Lankas, there was one highlight in their innings, when the opener Chandimal, along with Shehan Jayasuriya, brought up an interesting and essential 56-run stand for the third wicket, it did help them in reducing their defeat margin, or what could have been a possible embarrassing loss to the Lankans.

Al-Amin Hossain’s decisive spell: Bangladesh, who clearly ricked with the ball, had few crucial bowlers with good spell, and among them, one of the spell was brilliantly executed by fast-bowler Al-Amin Hossain, who claimed three crucial wickets and bowled a decisive spell for just 34 runs, with an economy of 8.50, that included 10 dot balls, which heavily allowed the Bangladeshis to press hard on the Sri Lankan batsmen and not to allow them to score, thus allowing them to inflict a 23-run defeat.

(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)