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World Cup 2023 | Shakib, Shanto Register Record 3rd Wicket Partnership Against SL

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In an exceptional display of cricket during Match 38 of the World Cup 2023, Bangladesh's Najmul Hossain Shanto and Shakib Al Hasan stitched a potential match-winning partnership against Sri Lanka at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. The duo's remarkable partnership came into play after a rocky start for Bangladesh in their chase of a 280-run target set by Sri Lanka.

Heroics from Shanto and Shakib propel Bangladesh towards memorable win

The opening phase of the innings saw Sri Lankan bowlers make early inroads, dismissing both Tanzid Hasan Tamim and Litton Das, leaving Bangladesh at a dismal 42 for 2. It was at this critical juncture that Shanto and Shakib came together, mixing caution with aggression to build a solid foundation for their team.

Their partnership not only stabilized the innings but also etched their names in the record books. Together, they stitched a monumental 169-run stand for the third wicket, surpassing the previous highest 3rd wicket partnership for Bangladesh against Sri Lanka in ODIs.

This record-breaking partnership broke the earlier record of 131 runs set by Mohammad Mithun and Sabbir Rahman's 131-run stand in Dubai (2018).

Meanwhile, as the game progressed, Bangladesh found themselves in a commanding position, scoring 211 for 3 after 33 overs. Shanto, batting with poise and determination, was at 89 runs, anchoring the innings. Meanwhile, Mahmudullah joined him at the crease, following Shakib's dismissal for a well-made 82 by Angelo Mathews.

The partnership between Shanto and Shakib not only set the stage for a thrilling finish but also reflected the depth and resilience of the Bangladesh batting lineup.

With 69 more runs needed in the remaining 17 overs, the match is set for an exciting conclusion. The Sri Lankan bowlers, on the other hand, are under pressure to make a breakthrough and swing the momentum back in their favour.