SL vs PAK: Sri Lankan cricket team had the extra cushion in their arsenal while playing against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2022 final at Dubai International Stadium, Dubai.
Despite being under immense pressure after losing 5 wickets, Sri Lanka’s fighting spirit helped them post a competitive total on the board. Sri Lanka largely benefitted from the services of Bhanuka Rajapaksa who literally turned the game by playing a fearless brand of cricket.
The left-handed aggressive batsman played plenty of shots in pressure situations which put the team on the front foot. Sri Lanka clearly had the upper hand especially after losing 5 wickets.
Little did Pakistan know they would be on the receiving end after sending half of Sri Lankan players to the dressing room. Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored an unbeaten 71 off 45 balls where he scored runs at a strike-rate of 157.78.
He constructed his innings with the help of 6 fours and 3 hits over the fence. In fact, his last ball six off Naseem Shah gave Sri Lanka a much-needed confidence to defend the total.
Sri Lankan bowlers maintained clear discipline with the ball. The likes of Pramod Madushan was the pick of the bowlers as he took 4 wickets to his name. Besides that, Wanindu Hasaranga took 3 wickets to his name.
SL vs PAK: Mohammad Rizwan reacts after Pakistan lose to Sri Lanka in Asia Cup 2022 final
Pakistan’s opening batsman Mohammad Rizwan has reacted to the heartbreaking defeat against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2022 final in Dubai.
Rizwan led the batting attack by example in the run-chase as he scored 55 runs off 49 deliveries with the help of 4 boundaries and a six. Apart from him, Iftikhar Ahmed scored 31 runs.
The rest of the Pakistan batters failed to live up to their reputation. In the end, Pakistan succumbed to a defeat at the hands of belligerent Sri Lankan cricket team.
After the game, Rizwan stated that the team made mistakes in the important clash. At the same time, he also reminded everyone that they are humans.
“We made mistakes, but we are also human. We played well throughout the tournament. Today we lost the momentum in the first innings. In T20 cricket, whichever team has better momentum during the break has the advantage,” Rizwan said after the match.
“I think if any team thinks about toss, then they are not a champion team. Sri Lanka were that today, they didn’t think of toss. And then they hurt us for our mistakes. They deserved to be champions,” he added.