Asia Cup 2022 Final: Sri Lankan Lions became Asiatic Lions for the sixth time, beat Pakistan by 23 runs in the final

Asia Cup 2022 Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Final: Sri Lanka won the title for the sixth time by defeating Pakistan by 23 runs in the final of the Asia Cup 2022 played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium here on Sunday. Sri Lanka had previously won the Asia Cup title in 1986, 1997, 2004, 2008 and 2014. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl and Sri Lanka scored 170 runs for 6 wickets. In reply, Pakistan’s team could only score 147 runs in the stipulated 20 overs. With this defeat, Pakistan’s dream of winning the Asia Cup for the third time was shattered. Pramod Madushan took 4 and Wanindu Hasaranga took 3 wickets for Sri Lanka.

Chasing the target of 171 runs from Pakistan, Pakistan lost two consecutive wickets at the score of 22. Pramod Madushan first bowled captain Babar Azam (5) and then Fakhar Zaman (0) without opening the account. After this, Mohammad Rizwan (55) with Iftikhar Ahmed (32) shared 71 runs off 59 balls for the third wicket. Iftikhar hit two fours and a six in 31 balls. After his dismissal, Mohammad Nawaz (6) also became Madushan’s third victim.

Pakistan needed 61 runs in the last four overs and Rizwan remained at the crease after scoring a half-century. But then Wanindu Hasaranga gave a big blow to Pakistan by getting Rizwan caught on the boundary. Rizwan hit four fours and a six in 49 balls. As soon as Rizwan was dismissed, the Pakistan team kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and remained far away from the target. Hasranga broke Pakistan’s back by taking three wickets in the same over. Pakistan’s team could only score 147 runs in the stipulated 20 overs in front of the deadly bowling of Sri Lanka.

Ganguly and Rameez Raja were seen sitting together in the stadium in the Asia Cup final

Earlier, Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored an unbeaten 71 to take Sri Lanka to 170 for 6, taking the team out of the opening blow from the Pakistani fast bowlers. Rajapaksa scored 50 runs in the last four overs to take Sri Lanka to a respectable score. Naseem Shah took one wicket for 40 runs in four overs while Haris Rauf took three wickets for 29 runs in four overs. Both took full advantage of the help from the pitch and broke the back of Sri Lankan batting in the powerplay but Rajapaksa then played the role of troubleshooter and scored the best half-century of his career. Spinner Shadab Khan took one wicket for 28 runs in four overs.

Indian fans wearing ‘Indian jersey’ prevented from entering the stadium

Rajapaksa scored an unbeaten 71 in 45 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes and Wanindu Hasaranga scored 36 runs in 21 balls. The duo shared a scintillating partnership of 58 runs while Sri Lanka’s score at one point was 58 for five. Rajapaksa with Chamika Karunaratne added 54 runs to take Sri Lanka past 160. Pakistan’s 19-year-old fast bowler Shah continued his excellent form and sent Kusal Mendis to the pavilion without opening the account. Dhananjay de Silva (28 off 21 balls) did take some good shots but could not last long. Pathum Nisanka (eight) was sent to the pavilion by Rauf while Dhanushka Gunatilaka (a) fell for his excellent outswinger.

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