Sri Lanka delivered a clinical all-round performance beating Pakistan by 23 runs in the final to win the 2022 Asia Cup title at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, here on Sunday. This is Sri Lanka’s sixth Asian Cup title. After losing their opening match against Afghanistan, they defeated Bangladesh, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and then Pakistan to win the 2022 Asian Cup.
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An impressive fifty by Bhanuka Rajapaksa (71 not out on 45) and an attacking knock by Wanindu Hasaranga (36 on 21) propelled Sri Lanka to 170/6 in 20 overs. Besides Rajapaksa and Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva (28 out of 21) and Chamika Karunaratne (14 out of 14) also played crucial blows for Sri Lanka, during their stay in the fold.
For Pakistan, Haris Rauf (3/29) was the bowlers’ pick with three wickets to his name, while Iftikhar Ahmed (1/21), Shadab Khan (1/28) and Naseem Shah (1/40) were the other wicket takers.
Chasing a challenging total, Mohammad Rizwan hit a decent half-century (55 out of 49) and teamed up with Iftikhar Ahmed (32 out of 31) to keep Pakistan alive in the game before stepping out. However, there were not many contributions from other batters, as Pakistan was thrown out for 147 in 20 overs and lost by 23 runs.
Sri Lankan fans, who witnessed a very bad situation in their country over the past 6 months due to financial emergencies and government changes, were delighted with their team’s performance in the 2022 Asia Cup and took to the streets to express their happiness . Watch the video below.
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Pramod Madushan (4/34) and Wanindu Hasaranga (3/27) were the top wicket takers for Sri Lanka, while Chamika Karunaratne (2/33) and Maheesh Theekshana (1/25) also came in with a crucial wicket.
Short scores: Sri Lanka 170/6 in 20 overs (Bhanuka Rajapaksa 71 not out, Wanindu Hasaranga 36; Haris Rauf 3/29) defeated Pakistan (Mohammad Rizwan 55, Iftikhar Ahmed 32; Pramod Madushan 4/34, Wanindu Hasaranga 3/27 ) with 23 runs.