Bangladesh beat Papua New Guinea by 84 runs to qualify for super-12 of T20 World Cup 2021. With this win Bangladesh moved to the top of table in qualifying group B. Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan stole the show with his all-round performance.
Earlier on Sunday, when Bangladesh lost against Scotland in a qualifier match, it was very difficult for Bangladesh to qualify for the next round, as Oman also registered a big victory against Papua New Guinea. This was a must-win game for Bangladesh, else they would have been disqualified from the T20 World Cup 2021.
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After opting to bat first, Bangladesh posted a massive total of 181 runs in 20 overs. Mahmudullah-led Bangladesh didn’t start well, as they lost their first wicket on the second ball of the innings, but Liton Das (29) and Shakib Al Hasan (46) took the responsibility and helped their team to get stabilize. Bangladeshi captain Mahmudullah also scored a crucial fifty and made sure his team to reach a massive total. While Kabua Morea, Damien Ravu and Assad Vala took 2 wickets each for Papua new Guinea.
Chasing the target Papua New Guinea never seemed to win the match, losing four wickets in the first 5 overs itself. Shakib Al Hasan, once again was the star on pitch, but this time with the ball. He took 4 wickets in his spell by giving just 9 runs.
For his match winning performance, Shakib Al Hasan was named player of the match.
If Bangladesh stays on top of the table, then they will land in Group-B of Super-12, in which India and Pakistan are already, or if Scotland manages to win against Oman then Bangladesh will move to group A, in which England, Australia and current champions West Indies are already there.
Watch: India’s jersey for ICC World Cup 2023 unvieled
Adidas India’s kit partners also released an anthem of their own for the Indian Cricket Team. The anthem is 2 minute 21 second long. The anthem is called Impossible Nahi Yeh Sapna, 3 Ka Dream hai Apna.
There is a major change to the jersey that India wore in the the recent Asia Cup 2023. The white stripes have been replaced by India’s tri colour. The jerseys worn by Kohli, Rohit and others in the video has orange, white and green stripes on the shoulder. Social media users hailed the change from Adidas. Netizens said it is a master stroke and the tri colours has taken India’s World Cup jersey to a whole new level.
There will be no Dream 11 logo during the World Cup as according to ICC norms only the team’s name should be visible in the centre of the jersey. India has not won an ICC title since the Champion’s trophy in 2013. India is seen as one of the favourites to win the World Cup.
ICC launched the anthem of the ICC World cup 2023 on Wednesday. The anthem has Dil Jashn Bole has got mixed reviews on social media. Adidas India’s kit partners also released an anthem of their own for the Indian Cricket Team. The anthem is 2 minute 21 second long. The anthem is called Impossible Nahi Yeh Sapna, 3 Ka Dream hai Apna.
The Adidas Anthem has India Captain Rohit Sharma, Superstar Virat Kohli, vice-captain Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, pacers Shardul Thakur, Spinner Kuldeep Yadav and all rounder Ravindra Jadeja. The videos has a catchy rap which gives the message to put an end to India’s long wait to win an ICC trophy. The video also gives a sneak peak into India’s World Cup jersey
The main reason due to the favourable home conditions, recent form and a strong team. India has warmed up nicely by becoming the Asia Cup Champions eighth time in a row. India will start their World Cup journey against Australia on October 8 in Chennai. The first match of the World Cup will start with England Vs New Zealand in Ahmedabad.
Delhi Police praises Mohammed Siraj’s excellent performance in Asia Cup Finals on social media
Siraj performance with the ball was top notch as he dismantled the Sri Lankan batting lineup. He took six wickets in the match bringing the Indian team in a dominant position.
Indian pace bowler Mohammed Siraj’s exceptional bowling performance against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final not only recieved praise from fans all over the world but the Delhi Police social media team as well. They tweeted there would be no speed challans for Siraj today. This implied his fast paced bowling was not only permissible but highly appreciated as well.
Siraj performance with the ball was top notch as he dismantled the Sri Lankan batting lineup. He took six wickets in the match bringing the Indian team in a dominant position. Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah supported Siraj by taking three wickets and one wicket respectively. The Indian bowlers bowled out the Sri Lankan team for 50 runs only. This set the stage for the victory of the Indian team in the Asia Cup.
The highlight of the match was Siraj’s outstanding performance with the ball. He took his first five wickets in just 16 balls. This is the fastest five wicket haul by a bowler in one day international history. He took the wickets of Dhananjaya De Silva, Charith Asalanka, Sadeera Samaraiwickrama and Pathum NIssanka and demolished the Sri Lankan batting lineup.
The match did not start on a smooth note rain caused weather delay in the match. The Sri Lankan Captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and chose to bat first against India. The match turned out to be memorable for Mohammed Siraj. He became the fourth bowler in ODI history to take four wickets in an over.
Anand Mahindra appreciated Mohammed Siraj in a post on X as the Indian cricketer decided to donate the player of the match cash prize to Colombo Ground staff. Anand Mahindra wrote on X he had just one word for Mohammed Siraj Class which comes from within. After he received the player of the match award, he decided to give away the cash to ground staff in Colombo.
India wins eighth Asia Cup title with 10 wicket win against Sri Lanka
Siraj destroyed the Sri Lankan batting lineup by taking four wickets in the fourth over itself. He came back and took the wicket of Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka. He completed his five wicket haul in just his second over only
India became Asia Cup Champions defeating Sri Lanka in the final of Asia Cup 2023. Mohammed Siraj destroyed the Sri lankan batting lineup in just first six overs of the match. He picked up a five wicket haul in the period. Jasprit Bumrah started his spell by picking up a wicket on his third ball.
Siraj destroyed the Sri Lankan batting lineup by taking four wickets in the fourth over itself. He came back and took the wicket of Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka. He completed his five wicket haul in just his second over only. The Sri Lankan batting was left reeling at 12/6 in 5.4 overs at that point. Siraj achieved record figures of 6/21.
Hardik Pandya took three important wickets finishing off the tailenders of the Sri Lankan batting line up. He took two back to back wickets in the first two balls of the sixteenth over. Sri Lanka was bowled out, their lowest ever score in One Day Internationals .The Indian batting started with Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill. The openers chased down the target in 6.1 overs itself. India thus won the final with 10 wickets and 263 balls remaining.
Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first. The match got delayed by 40 minutes due to rain. Sri Lanka missed their entire bowling attack. A mix of experienced part timers and young bowlers made scoring against Sri Lanka a difficult task. Kushal Mendes was the only player who performed with the bat.
KL Rahul and Jasprit Bumrah have made strong returns with Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill also performing with the bat during the tournament. Sri Lanka lost their chances of beating India just few minutes after the match started. Both the Sri Lankan Team and the Indian team have been facing injuries as they reached the final.