SL vs PAK: Wanindu Hasaranga had one heck of a tournament by putting consistent performances throughout the Asia Cup 2022 tournament in the gulf nation.
Rightly so, he was adjudged the man of the tournament. Hasaranga scored a crucial 36 off 21 balls including 5 boundaries and a six against Pakistan in the Asia Cup final.
Besides that, he accounted for three dismissals to his name. Overall, he took 9 wickets in six games in the Asia Cup. He drew plaudits for his performances in the tournament.
Sri Lanka were on top of the game especially after losing five wickets. They dictated terms with the help of Bhanuka Rajapaksa who scored an unbeaten 71 off 45 balls. The left-handed aggressive batsman constructed his innings with the help of 6 fours and 3 hits over the fence.
Sri Lanka won the game by 23 runs and won the sixth title. Pakistan were succumbed to 143 runs. Mohammad Rizwan top-scored with 55 runs and didn’t get support from the other end.
Pramod Madushan was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka. He accounted for 4 dismissals, giving away 34 runs in his quota of 4 overs.
SL vs PAK: I love to bowl in the subcontinent, says Wanindu Hasaranga
If there is one player from Sri Lankan cricket team who has quickly managed to make an impact at the highest level, it has to be Wanindu Hasaranga without any doubt.
He has been one of the vital cogs of the Sri Lankan national cricket team. His performances in the tournament helped him win the Man of the Tournament award.
After winning the player of the tournament award, Hasaranga said he loves to bowl in the subcontinent. He took 9 wickets in 6 games at an average of 18.88 and an impressive economy rate of 7.39.
“In the first few overs, the ball swung, but when I batted, the wicket was really good. I love to bowl in the subcontinent. I look to bowl at the stumps in these conditions and that is why I am successful.
“I try to bowl tight and bowl dot balls. Our boys did a great job throughout the tournament, especially after our loss against Afghanistan,” Hasaranga added.
“When I went out to bat at 60/5, Bhanuka and me planned to get to 150, which was a good total. I told him that I would play my role and play my shots,” the Sri Lankan international said during the post-match presentation ceremony.