They didn’t start off well as they lost five wickets and nearly lost the plot of losing it. However, it was Bhanuka Rajapaksa who provided a ray of hope by launching a counter-attack.
The left-handed aggressive batsman played a fearless brand of cricket which put the opposition on the back foot. Pakistan bowlers tried their best to stop him but failed to do so.
The southpaw constructed his innings with the help of six boundaries and 3 hits over the fence. He chipped in with an unbeaten 71 off 45 balls and helped the team score 170/8 in their allotted quota of 20 overs.
Wanindu Hasaranga also supported Rajapaksa by scoring crucial 31 runs. On the other side of the coin, Pakistan were bowled out for 147 runs as they totally collapsed in the run-chase.
Sri Lanka got the better of Pakistan by 23 runs in the final. Bhanuka Rajapaksa who played superbly well was named the man of the match. On the other hand, Wanindu Hasaranga who took 9 wickets in the tournament was named the man of the tournament.
Asia Cup Final: Saqlain Mushtaq heaps praise on Sri Lanka after their title glory
Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka couldn’t have asked for a better response, fightback and performance from his teammates during the Asia Cup final in Dubai.
The Lankans displayed sheer fighting spirit in clutch moments, which kept them above Pakistan in the game. Meanwhile, Pakistan head coach Saqlain Mushtaq heaped praise on Sri Lanka for title triumph.
Sri Lanka went on to win the sixth Asia Cup title, which is a marvelous achievement. Meanwhile, Saqlain Mushtaq praised Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lankan team. He said Sri Lanka deserved to win the title after the manner in which they performed in the tournament.
“If you’re a champion team, you need to be a champion irrespective of whether it’s first innings or second innings,” Saqlain said at the press interaction as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 5 wickets in the sixth game of the Super 4 stage fixture, held at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.
“In the previous game, they asked us to bat first and won. In this game, we batted second and they still won. The way they played in both games, it’s well-deserved,” the Pakistan head coach added.