Chamika Karunaratne, with a 10-ball 16, and Asitha Fernando, unbeaten on 10, helped Sri Lanka knock Bangladesh out of the competition on Thursday.
It was in 2018 that Bangladesh’s ‘Naagin’ dance, which they performed after beating Sri Lanka in the final league game of the Nidahas Trophy, came back to haunt them. Then, Dinesh Karthik’s last-ball six helped India pull off an incredible chase in the title decider versus the Tigers. Four years hence, the now-infamous dance shows no signs of expiry, as Sri Lanka wrote a similar chapter with a thrilling two-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup Group B match in Dubai.
Steady innings from Kusal Mendis and skipper Dasun Shanaka helped the islanders cruise into the Super Four stage of the six-team tournament on Thursday. Chasing 184 in a must-win game, Sri Lanka rode on a crucial 54-run stand between Mendis (60) and Shanaka (45) before the tail helped achieve their target with four balls to spare.
Chamika Karunaratne, with a 10-ball 16, and Asitha Fernando, unbeaten on 10, knocked Bangladesh out of the competition. In the final over when Sri Lanka needed 8 runs, Fernando hit a four and then took two runs off a no-ball, sparking wild celebrations in his team’s dressing room.
Shortly after the win, cameras captured a charged-up Karunaratne coming up with the ‘Naagin’ dance to mock Bangladesh. The video of the incident went viral on social media in no time.