Asia Cup 2022: Our bowlers can challenge any kind of batting line-up, says Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka
Asia Cup 2022: Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka heaped praise on their bowling line-up and said that the Sri Lanka bowlers can challenge any batting line-up going around.
At the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday, Sri Lanka easily defeated Pakistan by five wickets thanks to Wanindu Hasaranga’s three-wicket haul and Pathum Nissanka’s brilliant unbeaten 55-run innings. Sri Lanka defeated Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan in three straight games to win the Super 4 stage campaign.
“Always acceptable these kinds of results. The combination we have with the left-arm fast bowlers, the leg spinners – the variation we have is amazing,” said Dasun Shanaka in a post-match presentation.
In their last of the Super Four stage against Pakistan, Sri Lanka conceded 17 extra runs.
Showing concern over the extra runs Sri Lanka captain said:
“I think the extras were a concern in this game, and the lines the fast bowlers bowled. These are areas we can improve, if we could get early wickets in the next game that will be good.”
Talking about the match, Kusal Mendis, Sri Lanka’s premier opener, was lost in the second over of the game as they were attempting to chase 122 runs. Danushka Gunathilaka returned to the pavilion without making a score, dealing another blow to Sri Lanka.
At that point, Sri Lanka were at 2/2. The next time Dhananjaya de Silva attempted a huge shot, Haris Rauf caught him and scored 9 runs in 12 balls.
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Next, Sri Lanka’s innings was attempted to be supported by Pathum Nissanka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who hit huge smashes while taking singles. Nissanka completed his required inning in 41 deliveries, reaching his half-century.
Sri Lanka needed 30 runs in 36 balls after the game’s 14th over. Nissanka and Shanaka teamed up to assist their squad pass the 100-run threshold. Despite reaching 21 runs in only 16 balls, Mohammad Hasnain dismissed Shanaka.
Then, Wanindu Hasaranga entered the crease and smacked two fours in Mohammad Hasnain’s over. Hasnain outscored by 17 runs in the 17th over.
In order to defeat Pakistan and win the match by five wickets. Hasaranga hit a huge four on the final ball of the 17th over.
Wanindu Hasaranga had earlier decisively shifted the match in Sri Lanka’s favour by getting two quick wickets. And also getting rid of Iftikhar Ahmed and Asif Ali.
Khushdil Shah’s wicket taken by Dhananjaya de Silva as Pakistan struggles to score. Babar Azam bowled out by Wanindu Hasaranga following a lacklustre performance. Fakhar Zaman’s wicket taken by Chamika Karunaratne after Wanindu Hasaranga made an incredible catch on the boundary line. Following the elimination of Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan resumed play thanks to some solid hitting from Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman.