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Asia Cup: We were ahead till 8 overs, then Sri Lanka did the game… Babar Azam, frustrated with the defeat, told this player to be a villain

Dubai: Babar Azam might have laughed a week ago if someone had said that Sri Lanka would be champions, but was seen congratulating the opposition team after the Asia Cup final defeat. Everyone is surprised by the performance of the Sri Lankan team. This is the team which lost to Afghanistan and has to play till the qualifiers for the T20 World Cup, but everyone is stunned by the way its players have won this match.

We were ahead till 8 overs
When Babar Azam reached the podium after the match, he was seen praising the Sri Lankan team. He said- Congratulations to Sri Lanka for playing great cricket. We dominated them for the first eight overs, but Rajapaksa’s batting was amazing. It was a great pitch. It’s always nice to play in Dubai. We didn’t bat to our full potential.

What did Babar say on the mistakes
He further said- We started well, but we gave 15-20 extra runs and could not finish well. There is less chance of mistakes in the finals. Our fielding was not perfect and the batting could have been better. Rizwan, Naseem and Nawaz were positive. Anything can happen in a match like this. We have to reduce mistakes from the future. Let us tell you that the players of Pakistan left many important catches and also did miss field.

Sri Lanka became champion for the sixth time
It is noteworthy that Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup 2022 title by defeating Pakistan by 23 runs in the final played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. This is Sri Lanka’s sixth Asia Cup title. After losing their first game against Afghanistan, they defeated Bangladesh, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and then Pakistan to win the 2022 Asia Cup.

Rajapaksa’s Glory
Aggressive knocks from Bhanuka Rajapaksa (71 not out off 45 balls) and Wanindu Hasaranga (36 off 21 balls) took Sri Lanka to 170/6 in 20 overs. Apart from Rajapaksa and Hasranga during their stay at the crease, Dhananjaya de Silva (28 off 21 balls) and Chamika Karunaratne (14 not out off 14 balls) also played important innings for Sri Lanka. Haris Rauf (3/29) was one of the bowlers to take three wickets for Pakistan, while Iftikhar Ahmed (1/21), Shadab Khan (1/28) and Naseem Shah (1/40) took one wicket each. .

Chasing a daunting target, Mohammad Rizwan with a fine half-century (55 off 49 balls) and Iftikhar Ahmed (32 off 31 balls) kept Pakistan alive in the game before being dismissed. However, the other batsmen could not contribute and Pakistan could only manage 147 runs in 20 overs. Pramod Madushan (4/34) and Wanindu Hasaranga (3/27) were the leading wicket-takers for Sri Lanka, while Chamika Karunaratne (2/33) and Mahesh Thekshana (1/25) also took important wickets.
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