PAK vs SL: Sri Lanka crowned Asian Cup champion for the 6th time after winning 23 runs


Sri Lanka was crowned Asian Cup champions for the sixth time on Sunday after beating Pakistan by 23 points in Dubai. Bhanuka Rajapaksa played for his side with an unbeaten 71-run knockout in the top clash. Amazingly, Sri Lanka was cut to 58/5 at one point, after which Rajapaksa rode the storm and shined for his team.

Dasun Shanaka’s men finished with a total of 170/6. In response, Pakistan folded for just 147 runs, with Wanindu Hasaranga claiming three wickets, but it was young Pramod Madushan who surprised everyone with four wickets.

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Sri Lanka, a country shattering after the death of democracy while facing massive financial turbulence, found 11 worthy heroes on a cricket pitch when Dasun Shanaka’s unannounced platoon crushed Pakistan by 23 runs to claim their sixth Asia Cup title. to win.

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It was a victory that was not just about cricket, but went far beyond that with a much deeper historical and political significance.

It was one for posterity as Sri Lanka rose from the dungeons for the first time, hitting 170 for 6 from a hopeless 58 for 5 due to Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s 45-ball-71, easily one of the best pressurized punches in T20’s in recent times.

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As if that wasn’t enough, Pakistan, which was cruising 93 for 2, was eventually ejected from Pakistan for 147 as pacer Pramod Madushan (4/34 in 4 overs) and leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga (3/27 in 4 overs) ) caused the few thousands of Sri Lankan fans to cheer on the 20,000 Pakistani fans.

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Passed 17th by Hasaranga which served as the death knell for Pakistan with three wickets falling in quick succession.

It was Rajapaksa who laid the foundation, Madushan who built the structure and Hasaranga who put the finishing touches.

Sri Lanka doesn’t have fine donas like the ‘Men in Blue’ but a team of good cricketers who have understood how to win crunch matches from the dead.

With inputs from PTI