Asia Cup 2022, Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: We are confident of doing well in Asia Cup final, says Pakistan Head coach Saqlain Mushtaq
Asia Cup 2022, Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: After suffering a five-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka, Pakistan Head coach Saqlain Mushtaq said the team is confident that it will do well against the same rival in the final of the Asia Cup on Sunday.
At the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday, Sri Lanka easily defeated Pakistan by five wickets thanks to Pathum Nissanka’s brilliant unbeaten 55-run innings. On Sunday, September 11, the two teams will square off in the tournament’s championship game.
Nissanka scored an undefeated 55 for Sri Lanka, and Bhanuka Rajapaksa contributed a 24-run innings. Mohammad Hasnain and Haris Rauf both claimed two wickets for Pakistan.
“Our batting has done well against India and Afghanistan when we chased. You might think that it was a small total and Naseem Shah won it for us but all eleven players batted. We are confident of doing well in the final,” said Saqlain Mushtaq at the post-match press conference.
“Shocks do happen in cricket when wickets fall. Sri Lanka played better cricket and won. As a team, one should not be thinking about the outcome of the toss,” he added.
Mushtaq claimed that although Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam is in fantastic form, his “luck” is not on his side as he scored 30 runs in just 29 balls.
“Babar is in good form. It is just that his luck is not going his way. The kind of boundaries he has hit against India. A batter with deeper eyes will say that his form is fine. It is his luck which is not going your way,” said Mushtaq.
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Talking about their clash against Sri Lanka in the final, the Pakistan head coach said:
“Defeat hurts but it happens and we would like to learn from our mistakes. Sri Lanka will take confidence from this match to the final and we will take learning and passion going into the final.”
After the weekly update, Mohammad Rizwan of Pakistan passed his opening partner and skipper Babar Azam to take the top spot among batters in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings. Pakistan’s best batsman Rizwan was only able to score 14 runs in 14 deliveries against Sri Lanka.
“Rizwan is superhuman and he is very spiritual the energy he brings to the team is amazing,” said Mushtaq.
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.
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 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 was 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.