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Chamika Karunaratne Celebrates With Nagin Dance As Sri Lanka Knocks Out Bangladesh
By CricShots - Sep 2, 2022 9:47 am
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Sri Lankan all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne was seen celebrating their win in the do-or-die Asia Cup 2022 game over Bangladesh with a “Nagin Dance” on Thursday, September 1. The 5th match of the Asia Cup 2022 was played between Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka and Shakib Al Hasan-led Bangladesh at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Ahead of the match, the teams were engaged in a verbal battle as the Sri Lanka skipper had said that Bangladesh has got only two world-class bowlers Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman.

Chamika Karunaratne
Chamika Karunaratne made useful contributions for Sri Lanka against Bangladesh

Bangladesh team director Khaled Mahmud was visibly upset with the statement and when asked about Shanaka’s comments during a press conference, Mahmud said that Sri Lanka has no world-class bowlers in their line-up.

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Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to field first in the knockout match. Batting first, Bangladesh was able to post 183/7 on the board with the help of good performances by Mehidy Hasan Miraz (38), Mahmudullah (27), Afif Hossain (39), and Mosaddek Hossain (24).

Chasing a comparatively steep target, openers Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka provided Sri Lanka with a good start. Opener Kusal Mendis played an absolutely fantastic knock of 60 runs before being dismissed by Mustafizur Rahman in the 15th over. In the end, skipper Dasun Shanaka played a good 45-run knock and Chamika Karunaratne contributed 16 runs to take his team over the line.

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Sri Lanka needed 8 runs off the final over to knock out Bangladesh and Asitha Fernando’s crucial 10 runs helped Sri Lanka win the nail-biting match by a couple of wickets to become the third team after Afghanistan and India to qualify for the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup 2022. Also, this was the highest successful chase in the Asia Cup T20 history.

After the victory in the thrilling encounter, Sri Lanka all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne was seen doing the naagin dance celebration, which is Bangladesh’s traditional victory celebration.

Here is the video of the incident:

Notably, Sri Lanka’s Chamika Karunaratne took perfect revenge after 4 long years after the win over Bangladesh with a Nagin Dance celebration. In 2018, Bangladesh players did a Nagin Dance celebration after knocking out Sri Lanka from the Nidahas Trophy.

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