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[Watch] Charith Asalanka's Athletic Catch Helps Rajitha Dismiss Logan van Beek

image-lnzt3c61Sri Lanka's Kasun Rajitha [AP]

In the gripping 19th match of the ongoing World Cup 2023, a titanic clash unfolded between Sri Lanka and the Netherlands, as the Dutch side executed a remarkable run chase, amassing a formidable total of 263 runs within the standard 50-over format. However, the standout moment belonged to Kasun Rajitha, who, amidst his sterling performance, claimed his fourth wicket of the day against the Dutch side.

The incident took place during the 48.4th over of the match. Rajitha, undeniably Sri Lanka's most impressive bowler, stepped up for his ninth over but, surprisingly, commenced with back-to-back wide deliveries. The Dutch batsmen showcased exceptional running between the wickets, deftly converting ones into twos. 

It was during this electrifying exchange that Kasun Rajitha orchestrated the pivotal dismissal of Logan van Beek. The ball was securely caught, and then followed an extraordinary diving catch, masterminded by Charith Asalanka. In what seemed an impossible feat from a distance, Asalanka defied the odds, making a diving, two-handed grab.

Watch - Charith Asalanka pulls of stunning catch

Logan van Beek, who crafted his maiden half-century in the World Cup and ODI, eventually departed the crease after 59 off 75 deliveries.

As the innings break unfolds, the Netherlands has set a highly competitive score, posing a significant challenge to Lanka. The Sri Lankan team, having faced defeat on three prior occasions in the 2023 World Cup, now stands at a critical juncture, needing a comeback to keep their campaign alive.