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Did BAN Captain Shanto Blame Mahmudullah, Litton Das Despite Victory Over SL?

Bangladesh won the close encounter in Dallas [AP Photo]Bangladesh won the close encounter in Dallas [AP Photo]

In an intense match at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas, Bangladesh emerged victorious against Sri Lanka by 2 wickets, with one over to spare, in the 15th match of Group D at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024.

Opting to bowl first after winning the toss, Bangladesh restricted Sri Lanka to 124/9 in their allotted 20 overs. 

Notable performances came from Rishad Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman, who took 3 wickets each, and Taskin Ahmed, who picked up 2 wickets.

Chasing a modest target, Bangladesh experienced a shaky start, finding themselves at 6/2 early on. However, Litton Das scored 36 runs, and Towhid Hridoy provided crucial support with a 40-run knock.

Shanto Emphasizes Team Effort, Optimism After Narrow Win

Reflecting on the narrow victory, Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto highlighted the significance of the win and the need for team effort.

"I don't think there are many reasons to worry. I'm saying this because it was a very intense match. We wanted to win at the end of the day. So if you think about the result, we got two points," Shanto said at the post-match press conference.

He acknowledged the team's batting struggles but remained optimistic. He emphasized the collective responsibility of the team.

"All the batters know that we didn't bat well. But not everyone plays well every day. Like Hridoy played a very good innings, Riyad finished the game, and Litton gave a beautiful start after a long time. So, we are good in some areas."

"As a captain, I want that whoever gets set and gets a good start, should finish the game. I hope the openers will start well and finish the game. So, I hope and I am optimistic that everyone will do well," the captain concluded. 

Bangladesh will next face South Africa on Monday, June 10, at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.