Asia Cup 2022: Wanindu Hasaranga helps Sri Lanka down Pakistan in Asia Cup final dress rehearsal
Asia Cup 2022: Pathum Nissanka‘s brilliant unbeaten 55-run knock guided Sri Lanka to an easy five-wicket victory over Pakistan in their Super Four clash at Asia Cup 2022 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.
On Sunday, September 11, the two teams will compete in the tournament’s championship game. Nissanka scored an undefeated 55 for Sri Lanka, and Bhanuka Rajapaksa contributed a 24-run innings. Also Mohammad Hasnain and Haris Rauf both claimed two wickets for Pakistan.
Sri Lanka’s attempt to chase down 122 runs got off to the worst possible start as they lost their top opener Kusal Mendis in the second over of the game. Danushka Gunathilaka returned to the pavilion without making a score, dealing Sri Lanka another setback.
Sri Lanka’s score at the time was 2-2. The next time Dhananjaya de Silva attempted to play a powerful 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 also 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 gave up 17 runs in the seventeenth innings.
Hasaranga struck a magnificent four to help his team defeat Pakistan. And win the match by five wickets with his team’s final delivery 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 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.
Brief score: Pakistan 121 all-out (Babar Azam 30, Mohammad Nawaz 26; Wanindu Hasaranga 3-21) vs Sri Lanka 124 (Pathum Nissanka 55*, Pathum Nissanka 24; Haris Rauf 2-19).