Sri Lanka took on Bangladesh in the Super Fours clash of Asia Cup 2023 on September 9, Saturday. The game started with Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan winning the toss and opting to bowl first. While Sri Lanka batters got off to an explosive start, the Bangladesh bowlers were no lesser. The game took an interesting turn in the 49th over when Hasan Mahmud displayed a bit of football skills and kicked the ball to dismiss Dunith Wellalage.
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Wellalage was on the non-strike when Sadeera Samarawickrama had held the steering for his side. The over was being bowled by Hasan Mahmud, and on the third ball of the over when Samarawickrama received a yorker, the Lanka players ran for a quick single. However, Wellalage fell short of the crease as Mahmud was quick enough to kick the ball and hit the stumps.
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The Lanka batter, after scoring three runs, was forced to return to the pavilion after his short stay of three deliveries.
Following Wellalage's dismissal, next few victories for Bangladesh came in succession. In the last over of their innings, Sri Lanka lost Maheesh Theekshana after he scored two runs off three wickets as well as the star of their innings, Sadeera Samarawickrama who fell short of seven runs to complete another ODI hundred.