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SL vs PAK Asia Cup Final Highlights: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan to win the Asia Cup title for the sixth time

Highlights

Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup title for the sixth time
Pakistan captain Babar Azam failed
Vanindu Hasaranga was adjudged man of the series

New Delhi. Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup for the sixth time on Sunday (September 11) by defeating Pakistan by 23 runs and brought smiles on the faces of the countrymen. This victory means a lot not only for Sri Lankan cricket but also historically and politically. After losing 5 wickets for 58 runs at one time, Sri Lanka scored 170 for six with the help of Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s unbeaten 71 off 45 balls. In reply, the Pakistani team got out for 147, while at one point their score was 93 for two wickets. Fast bowler Pramod Madhushan took 4 for 34 in four overs and leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga took 3 for 27 in four overs.

Hasaranga dashed Pakistan’s hopes by taking three wickets in the 17th over. Earlier, Madhushan tightened the screws of Sri Lanka by dismissing Babar Azam (5) and Fakhar Zaman (0). Mohammad Rizwan scored 55 runs in 49 balls while Iftikhar Ahmed added 32 runs in 31 balls. Sri Lanka also showed great promptness in the fielding, saving runs and taking good catches, while the Pakistani fielders disappointed.

Earlier, taking out the team from the initial blows given by Pakistani fast bowlers, Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored an unbeaten 71 to take Sri Lanka to 170 for six. Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and decided to bowl, which initially seemed to be correct but Rajapaksa scored 50 runs in the last four overs to take Sri Lanka to a respectable score.

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Naseem Shah took one wicket for 40 runs in four overs while Harris Rauf took three wickets for 29 runs in four overs. Both took full advantage of the help from the pitch and broke the back of Sri Lankan batting in the powerplay, but after this Rajapaksa, playing the role of troubleshooter, scored the best half-century of his career. Spinner Shadab Khan took one wicket for 28 runs in four overs.

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Rajapaksa scored an unbeaten 71 in 45 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes and Wanindu Hasaranga scored 36 runs in 21 balls. Both shared a quick partnership of 58 runs, while at one point Sri Lanka’s score was 58 for five wickets. Rajapaksa with Chamika Karunaratne added 54 runs and took Sri Lanka past 160.

Pakistan’s 19-year-old fast bowler Shah, continuing his excellent form, sent Kusal Mendis to the pavilion without opening the account. Dhananjay de Silva (28 off 21 balls) did take some good shots but could not last long. Pathum Nisanka (8) was sent to the pavilion by Rauf while Danushka Gunatilaka (1) fell victim to his excellent outswinger.

Tags: Asia cup, Babar Azam, Dasun Shanaka, Pakistan, Sri lanka

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