Sri Lanka take out victory parade on open-top bus after Asia Cup 2022 triumph

Sri Lanka take out victory parade on open-top bus after Asia Cup 2022 triumph
Sri Lanka take out victory parade on open-top bus after Asia Cup 2022 triumph

Sri Lanka take out victory parade on open-top bus after Asia Cup 2022 triumph

Hundreds of fans on Tuesday flooded the streets of the city as Sri Lanka took out a victory parade on an open-top bus to celebrate their title triumph in a memorable Asia Cup 2022.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s magnificent half-century, as well as ferocious outings from pacer Pramod Madushan and spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, helped Sri Lanka win its sixth Asia Cup title on Sunday in Dubai, defeating Pakistan by a score of 24 runs. Rajapaksa (71*) and Hasaranga (36) helped Sri Lanka make a spectacular comeback from a precarious position in the powerplay while batting 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).

Taking to their official Twitter handle Sri Lanka Cricket shared photos of the overjoyed players travelling in a double-decker bus, with fans congratulating them.

The players also engaged with the crowd and expressed gratitude for their overwhelming support throughout the nation’s crisis.

Talking about the match, Pakistan got some free runs while chasing 171 as bowler Dilshan Madushanka let up nine more runs due to wides and no-balls. The pacemaker, though, came back, allowing just three more runs in his over.

The next two Pakistani overs were silent, but Sri Lanka struck gold when they removed star batsman Babar Azam for five runs. 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 Iftikhar Ahmed then made an effort to steady the Pakistani ship. 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 milestone with the help of the duo.

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

The pair scored 50 runs in their partnership in 44 balls. With a four and six at the beginning of the second half, Iftikhar appeared to change the momentum 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*). By conceding only four runs in his 15th over, Dhananjaya de Silva put Pakistan under more strain. In its final five overs, Pakistan needed to score 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 being 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 caught by Gunathilaka, Theekshana removed him for just 8 runs, continuing Pakistan’s woes. Madushan also took his fourth wicket of the game. When Karunarathne caught Naseem Shah at long-on.

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