Dubai, September 12 (SO News/Agency) Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 23 runs in the Asia Cup final thanks to the brilliant bowling of Sri Lanka’s Bhanuka Rajapakse (71 not out) and Pramod Madhushan (four wickets). gave Batting first, Sri Lanka scored 170 runs in the allotted 20 overs, in response to which Pakistan were bowled out for 147 runs.
Sri Lanka, who won the Asia Cup for the sixth time, lost five wickets for 58 runs, but Rajapakse, playing the role of trouble shooter, scored 71 runs in 45 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes to take the team to 170 runs.
Chasing the target of 171 runs, Pakistan could never achieve the desired run rate. On behalf of Pakistan, Muhammad Rizwan played an innings of 55 runs off 49 balls while Iftikhar Ahmed scored 32 runs off 31 balls. The two batsmen played a 59-ball partnership of 71 runs, making it extremely difficult for Pakistan to achieve the required run-rate in the final over. Madhushan scored 34 runs in four overs and took four wickets, which included the wicket of captain Babar Azam.
Sri Lanka set a target of 171 runs to Pakistan in the final of the Asia Cup 2022 thanks to the explosive innings of Bhanuka Rajapakse (71 not out) and Venindu Hasringa (36).
Pakistan won the toss and asked Sri Lanka to bat first and opener Kusal Mendis (zero) was caught by Naseem Shah in the first over. On the other hand, the Sri Lankan batsmen scored eight runs in 11 balls in an attempt to increase the run rate and caught Babar Azam on Haris Rauf’s ball. Dhananjay de Silva hit four fours but he too could only score 28 runs in 21 balls. Sri Lanka lost five wickets for 58 after Danishka Gunatlak (01) and skipper Dasan Shanaka (02) were dismissed for a low score, but Rajapaksa and Hasringa took the lead and put on a valuable 58-run partnership for the sixth wicket. . Hasringa scored 36 runs off 21 balls with the help of five fours and a six, while Rajapaksa scored 71 not out off 45 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes. After Hasringa’s dismissal, Rajapaksa added 54 runs for the seventh wicket with Chamika Karunaratne (not out 14) and hit a four and a six off the last two balls of the 20th over to take the team to 170/6 in 20 overs. Delivered.
On behalf of Pakistan, Haris Rauf took three wickets for 29 runs in four overs while Naseem Shah (4 overs, 40 runs), Shadab Khan (4 overs, 28 runs) and Iftikhar Ahmed (3 overs, 21 runs) Got one wicket each. One wicket Mohammad Hasnain gave 41 runs in four overs and could not get any wicket.
Defending the target of 170 runs, Sri Lanka conceded nine runs without bowling the first official ball. Dilshan Madushanka bowled nine balls and eight wides in the first over, though he ended the over with a total of 12 runs.
In the fourth over, Pramod Madhushan returned captain Babar Azam (05) and Fakhar Zaman (zero) to the pavilion on consecutive balls. Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed put on a 71-run partnership for the third wicket but they played 59 balls for it.
This partnership left Pakistan needing 74 runs in the last six overs and the lower order batsmen piled under the pressure. Chamika Karunaratne dismissed Mohammad Nawaz (06) in the 16th over. All-rounder Hasranga, who scored 36 runs with the bat, sent Rizwan, Khushdil Shah (02) and Asif Ali (one) back to the pavilion in the 17th over, after which Pakistan’s hopes of victory ended.
Chamika Karunaratne took the wicket of Haris Rauf (13) off the last ball of the 20th over to seal Sri Lanka’s victory. Apart from Madhushan’s four wickets and Hasringa’s three wickets, Chamika Karunaratne took two wickets, while Tekshana took a wicket.
Facing a financial crisis, Sri Lanka have won the Asia Cup title after eight years while they last lifted the trophy in 2014. Dasan Shanaka’s team will now go into the qualifiers for the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia next month.