Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 23 runs in the Asia Cup final at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday to claim their sixth title.
Put to bat first, Sri Lanka were in deep trouble, losing their five wickets for just 58 before Bhanuka Rajapaksa rescued his side. Rajapaksa played a top knock of 71 runs from just 45 deliveries to inspire the Lankans to post a target of 171.
Apart from the left-handed batter, Hasaranga also played a quick knock of 36 runs off 21 balls. For Pakistan, Haris Rauf took three wickets, while Shadab Khan, Naseem Shah, and Iftikhar Ahmed took one scalp each.
In the chase of 171, Pakistan couldn’t manage to form a decent partnership and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan smashed 55 off 49 balls with the help of five boundaries, but he didn’t get any support from other batters as the Men in Green were bundled out for 147, losing the grand finale by 23 runs.
A four-wicket haul by Pramod Madushan and a three-wicket over by Wanindu Hasaranga was the eye-catching performances from Sri Lanka while defending 170. Chamika Karunaratne and Maheesh Theekshana scalped two and one wickets, respectively.
Asia Cup titles:
- 7 India
- 6 Sri Lanka *
- 2 Pakistan
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Take a bow, Sri Lanka! 🙌 🙌
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) September 11, 2022
Sri Lanka 𝐖𝐈𝐍 the #AsiaCup2022 🏆
— ICC (@ICC) September 11, 2022
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) September 11, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) September 11, 2022
A tournament that started with a thrashing at the hands of Afghanistan ends in a cracking style for Sri Lanka.
— 🏏Flashscore Cricket Commentators (@FlashCric) September 11, 2022
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) September 11, 2022
Pakistan have been bowled out thrice under 150 and were nine down in another in this Asia Cup. What is interesting is they were not blown away in Powerplay in any of these games.
Their 10-over scores in these matches were 68/2, 52/3, 66/2 & 68/2.
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) September 11, 2022
The fielding today has been spectacular beyond imagination for anyone who watched SL field from circa 2015-2020.
Pakistan not a bad fielding side, but Sri Lanka have made the difference between them seem like a gulf.
— Andrew Fidel Fernando (@afidelf) September 11, 2022
— Estelle Vasudevan (@Estelle_Vasude1) September 11, 2022
Not Pakistan's fault. They were on the wrong side of law of averages in terms of winning tosses and winning games.
— cricBC (@cricBC) September 11, 2022
Sri Lanka started the Asia Cup 2022 by losing to Afghanistan and 2 weeks later they won the Asia Cup 2022 – Take a bow, Sri Lanka.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 11, 2022
— Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) September 11, 2022
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 11, 2022
Congratulations to Sri Lanka – the new Asia Cup champions!!!
Outstanding performance!! #SLvPAK
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) September 11, 2022
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) September 11, 2022
— Angoor Stark 🍇🇮🇳 (@ladywithflaws) September 11, 2022