Asia Cup 2022: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan to win sixth Asia Cup title

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Asia Cup 2022: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan to win sixth Asia Cup title
Asia Cup 2022: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan to win sixth Asia Cup title

Asia Cup 2022: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan to win sixth Asia Cup title

Asia Cup 2022: A brilliant half-century from Bhanuka Rajapaksa and fiery spells from spinner Wanindu Hasaranga and pacer Pramod Madushan helped Sri Lanka lift its sixth Asia Cup title, defeating Pakistan by 24 runs in the final in Dubai on Sunday.

Their performances would absolutely delight Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa (71*) and Hasaranga (36) helped them make a spectacular comeback from a precarious powerplay position to reach 170/6 in 20 overs. Despite a dangerous stand of 61 runs between Mohammad Rizwan (55) and Iftikhar Ahmed, bowlers Wanindu Hasaranga (3/27) and Pramod Madushan (4/34) enabled Lanka win by 24 runs (32). Pakistan gained some additional runs while attempting to chase down 171 as pacer Dilshan Madushanka conceded nine more runs owing to wides and no-balls. The pacemaker, though, came back, allowing just three more runs in his over.

For the following two overs, Pakistani willows were silenced, and Sri Lanka struck gold by removing star batter Babar Azam for 5. After the batter was caught by Madhushanka at short fine leg, Pramod Madushan took his wicket, making up for his costly opening over. It was 1/22 in Pakistan.

With two wickets in two deliveries, Madushan removed left-hander Fakhar Zaman for a golden duck. Sri Lanka was once more considered the favourite after reducing Pakistan to 2/22 after a disastrous first over.

Rizwan and Ifitkhar Ahmed then made an effort to steady the Pakistani ship. However, Sri Lanka persisted in bowling excellent lines and lengths, usually putting their rivals on the back foot. After Madushan’s twin blow, Men in Green could only score 15 in 15 balls, and after six overs of powerplay, Pakistan stood at 37/2 with Rizwan (16*) and Iftikhar (6*).

In 7.3 overs, Pakistan reached the 50-run mark with the help of the duo.

Pakistan stood at 68/3 after 10 overs, with Rizwan (36*) and Ifitkhar (17*) batting.

The pair scored 50 runs in their partnership in 44 balls. Iftikhar’s four and six at the start of the second half appeared to shift the tide in his team’s favour. In his 12th over, Wanindu Hasaranga conceded 14 runs.

When Madushan claimed his third match-winning wicket in the fourteenth over, the tide appeared to be turning in Sri Lanka’s favour. After Iftikhar was caught by KNA Bandara for 32 off 31 balls at backward square leg, he broke the 71-run stand between Rizwan and him.

After him came Mohammad Nawaz on the field. Pakistan was at 101/3 after 15 overs, with Rizwan (47*) and Nawaz (6*). Dhananjya de Silva’s 15th over, which was effective and yielded just four runs, increased the pressure on Pakistan. Pakistan had five overs remaining and needed 70 runs.

Pakistan was under increasing pressure, as demonstrated by Nawaz losing his wicket to Chamika Karurathne for only four runs while attempting to pull, but was caught by Madushan at backward deep square. The score for Pakistan was 102/4.

Next up at the plate was Khushdil Shah. With a release six, Rizwan reached his third half-century of the competition.

However, Hasaranga’s penultimate over once more turned the tide in Sri Lanka’s favour as he took the wickets of Khusdil (2), Rizwan (55), and Asif Ali in a span of five deliveries. Pakistan’s score after this over was 112/7.

As Shadab Khan was caught by Gunathilaka, Theekshana removed him for just 8 runs, continuing Pakistan’s woes. After Karunarathne caught him at long-on, Madushan, who had just taken his fourth wicket of the game, also dismissed Naseem Shah, the hero of Pakistan’s game against Afghanistan.

Haris Rauf was dismissed by Karunaratne for 13 and Pakistan was declared out at 147 all out. Sri Lanka won their sixth Asia Cup 2022 championship.

Madushan (4/34) and Hasaranga (3/27) were the heroes for Sri Lanka with the ball. Karunaratne and Theekshana each claimed one victim.

In the final of the Asia Cup 2022 on Sunday in Dubai, Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s undefeated half-century, along with excellent contributions from Dhananjaya de Silva and Wanindu Hasaranga, helped Sri Lanka to 170/6 against Pakistan.

Pakistan will not be pleased with the way their situation played out. SL was in trouble at 42/3 on the powerplay, but they allowed Rajapaksa (71*), Hasaranga (36), and Silva (28) to lead their team to a difficult total. However, Haris Rauf made a strong impression with 3/29.

When Pakistan chose to field first, they got off to a great start when bowler Naseem Shah struck out dangerous opener Kusal Mendis for a perfect game. The batter’s pads were clipped by a 142 kph delivery that also destroyed his off stump. Sri Lanka was at 1/2.

Dhananjaya de Silva then joined Pathum Nissanka after this. Silva’s well-placed drives enthralled the cheering Sri Lankan crowd. With a cover drive of his own, Nissanka also appeared to have joined his teammate in a counterattack. Nissanka was trying to knock a big shot over mid-on, where Babar Azam took a superb running catch, but pacer Haris Rauf ended this brief 21-run partnership by removing her for just eight runs off 11 balls.

In an effort to help the Lankans get beyond the powerplay without suffering any harm, Danushka Gunathilaka joined Silva in the goal. Silva kept spotting holes at will. Rauf claimed his second victim, but Pakistan was still finding their opponents’ stumps on the other side. To bring SL to 36/3, he sent back Gunathilaka for just one off four balls. The hitter taken off guard by a 151 kph delivery, which disassembled the furnishings before he could even play his stroke.

The second player to bat, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, got off to a fortuitous start when a 153 kph delivery caught the thick outside edge of his bat and flew straight to the boundary line.

With Silva (24*) and Rajapaksa (6*) at the crease, Sri Lanka completed a difficult powerplay with 42 runs on the scoreboard at the cost of three wickets.

Silva caught and bowled by Iftikhar Ahmed for 28 off 21 balls, continuing Lanka’s difficult journey after the powerplay. Spin had come to the gathering.

This sent the captain Shanaka to the crease. But after misled by Shadab Khan’s spin, he could only manage two runs off of five balls. He attempted to sweep but severely misplayed the ball and clean bowled. With this, 58 of the Sri Lankan team members returned to the hut.

Rajapaksa had so far maintained a steady end. After that, Wanindu Hasaranga joined him.

After 10 overs, Sri Lanka was 67/5 with Rajapaksa (20*) and Hasaranga (6*) batting.

In the thirteenth over, which bowled by Mohammad Hasnain, Hasaranga hit the first six of the innings, scoring SL’s 14 runs. Rajapaksa and Hasaranga’s partnership enabled Sri Lanka to score 100 runs in 13.1 overs.

As the run total for SL continued to rise, this pair scored 50 runs in 14.2 overs. It was crucial for both to wrap up matters for Lanka and lead them to a difficult score. With an useful 36 off 21 balls after caught behind by wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan on a Rauf delivery, Hasaranga the aggressor in the stand. A dangerous 58-run stand broken by the bowler, who also claimed his third wicket of the game.

After 15 overs, Rajapaksa (37*) and Chamika Karunaratne (1*) joined Sri Lanka at 117/6.

With their performance in the middle overs, Sri Lanka had atoned for their powerplay missteps. After scoring 78 runs at a cost of three wickets.

After that, Rajapaksa and Karunaratne humiliated Naseem Shah by hitting him for two sixes. And scoring 16 runs off of his over.

In the 18th over, off 35 balls, Rajapaksa reached his third T20 half-century. He had to bat until the very end for the benefit of his side. Because he had helped Lanka stay in the game despite some early wickets.

Although the first five balls of Hasnain’s 19th over gave Pakistan some breathing room. Rajapaksa struck a six on the final ball after eluding a catch attempt after two fielders collided.

Sri Lanka finished their 20-over innings at 170/6. They had amazingly recovered after scoring 42/3 on the power play. They scored 50 runs in the final overs. After scoring 78 runs in the middle overs from overs 7 to 16.

Rajapaksa hit six fours and three sixes in his unbeaten 71 off 45 balls. Together, they stood tall and put up 54 runs off just 31 balls, led by Karuratne (14*).

With 3/29 in four over, Haris Rauf was Pakistan’s best bowler. Each of Shadab, Iftikhar, and Naseem secured one wicket.