After a disappointing start to the tournament, Sri Lanka have established their dominance in Asian cricket. In the title match, Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan’s challenge and won by 23 runs. Sri Lanka has become the cricket king of Asia. Sri Lanka, who reached the final, also broke many illusions and myths in the tournament as a ‘dark horse’ team. Pakistan’s fielding looked very poor in the final match. During this, many catches were missed as well as there were moments of laughter.
Actually, Pakistan captain Babar Azam called Sri Lanka to bat first with the aim of winning the Asia Cup trophy for the third time. Rauf had almost taken his third wicket in his first two overs. The ball hit the pads of Bhanuka Rajapaksa. There was a strong appeal, the umpire rejected it. Babar Azam and Company took the review. During this, Shadab Khan could not escape from the eyes of the camera. Actually, he was jokingly holding the umpire’s hand and forcing him to raise his finger. These moments of laughter, whoever saw it, enjoyed a lot.
Chasing the target of 171 runs, the start of the Pakistani team was also not very special and in the fourth over, they lost the wicket of captain Babar. Pramod Madushan created a ruckus in the Pakistani camp by hitting new batsman Fakhar Zaman on the very next ball. The Pakistani team, which came on the back foot, played by saving the wicket from here. Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed shared a partnership of 71 runs off 59 balls. Pakistan’s wickets did not fall but due to slow run-rate, the target got away from them.
Pakistan needed 70 runs to win in the last 15 overs with seven wickets remaining. But as soon as the slog over started, the wickets started falling. Karunaratne walks Nawaz in the 16th over. In the same over, Rizwan completed his fifty off 47 balls with a six. If Rizwan was there, Pakistan’s hope remained, but in the next over, leg-spinner Hasaranga took three wickets including Rizwan and completed Pakistan’s work.
After 8 years, Sri Lanka became the champion of Asia, broke Pakistan’s pride