Facing political and economic instability, Sri Lanka’s 11 players emerged as heroes on the cricket field as they beat Pakistan by 23 runs to win the Asia Cup for the sixth time on Sunday, putting smiles on the faces of the countrymen. This victory means a lot not only for Sri Lankan cricket but also historically and politically.
Facing political and economic instability, Sri Lanka’s 11 players emerged as heroes on the cricket field as they beat Pakistan by 23 runs to win the Asia Cup for the sixth time on Sunday, putting smiles on the faces of the countrymen. This victory means a lot not only for Sri Lankan cricket but also historically and politically. Having lost five wickets for 58 runs at one stage, Sri Lanka scored 170 for six with the help of Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s unbeaten 71 off 45 balls.
In reply, the Pakistani team were bowled out for 147, while their score at one stage was 93 for two. Fast bowler Pramod Madhushan took four for 34 in four overs and leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga took three for 27 in four overs. Hasaranga dashed Pakistan’s hopes by taking three wickets in the 17th over. Earlier, Madhushan tightened the screws in Sri Lanka by dismissing Babar Azam (five) and Fakhar Zaman (0). Mohammad Rizwan made 55 off 49 balls while Iftikhar Ahmed made 32 off 31 balls.
Sri Lanka showed great agility in the field, saving runs and taking good catches while the Pakistani fielders disappointed. Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who earlier removed the team from the initial blows given by the Pakistan fast bowlers, scored an unbeaten 71 to take Sri Lanka to 170 for six. Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and elected to bowl, which initially looked correct, but Rajapaksa scored 50 runs in the last four overs to take Sri Lanka to a respectable score.
Naseem Shah took one wicket for 40 runs in four overs while Haris Rauf took three wickets for 29 runs in four overs. Both took full advantage of the help from the field and broke the back of Sri Lankan batting in the powerplay, but Rajapaksa then played the role of fault finder and scored the best half-century of his career. Spinner Shadab Khan took a wicket for 28 runs in four overs. Rajapaksa scored an unbeaten 71 in 45 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes and Wanindu Hasaranga scored 36 runs in 21 balls.
The duo shared a brilliant partnership of 58 runs while Sri Lanka’s score at one stage was 58 for five. Rajapaksa with Chamika Karunaratne added 54 runs to take Sri Lanka past 160. Pakistan’s 19-year-old fast bowler Shah continued his excellent form and sent Kusal Mendis to the pavilion without opening the account. Dhananjay de Silva (28 off 21 balls) took some good shots but could not last long. Pathum Nisanka (eight) was sent to the pavilion by Rauf, while Dhanushka Gunatilaka (a) fell to his excellent outswinger.
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