Dubai: Sri Lanka has become the Asia Cup 2022 championship after defeating Pakistan by 23 runs in the finals of the tournament. Playing with utter dominance in the title clash, Sri Lanka has shown from the start that they will be taking the sixth trophy of Asia Cup home.
Put to bat first, Sri Lanka made a total of 170 runs in the finals of Asia Cup 2022 against Pakistan and has been doing exemplary defending of the score. The hosts took two significant wickets in third over. Pramod Madhusudan, Sri Lankan bowler, dismissed two Pakistan batters in third over consecutively.
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Babar Azam gone early
Removing Pakistan captain Babar Azam gave Sri Lanka a huge breakthrough and confidence. It led to another dismissal of Fakhar Zaman on the very next ball. Zaman went back for a golden duck.
Mohammad Rizwan handled the pressure
Batter-wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan is currently on the crease and shouldering the responsibilities of getting his side a win. By the end of 13 overs, Rizwan had made 44 runs in 42 deliveries and took the score at 91. He is well supported by Iftikhar Ahmed with 32 runs.
All Pakistan players except Rizwan, Rauf and Iftikhar Ahmed, went back in single digit score.
B Rajapaksa powers Sri Lanka
The hosts also didn’t have a great start to the game as they lost wicket as early as on the third ball (Kusal Mendis) but B Rajapaska powered his side with unbeaten 71 runs. He was supported by Dhananjaya de Dilva (28) and W Hasaranga (36).