Sri Lanka trounce Pakistan to lift Asia Cup for sixth time

Sri Lanka bounced again from an embarrassing beginning defeat through Afghanistan to win the Asia Cup for a 6th time, overpowering Pakistan with the aid of 23 runs on the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

The victory for the island nation, which needed to abandon plans to host the competition due to political unrest, comes as a curtain-raiser for T20 World Cup, which will be held in Australia next month.Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s unbeaten 71 and Wanindu Hasaranga’s key contributions with both and ball fired Sri Lanka to their sixth Asia Cup name after Pakistan skipper Babar Azam won the toss and pick to field first, as 9 of the preceding 12 suits won via the teams chasing.

Sri Lanka bucked the fashion as they overcame an inspired beginning spell of bowling by Pakistan quicks Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf. Player-of-the-suit Rajapaksa placed on a key 58-run stand for the sixth wicket with Hasaranga, who hit 36 after being in hassle at fifty eight-5.

The pair rebuilt the innings and regularly located the boundary to up the scoring charge. Rauf dismissed Hasaranga, who hit 5 fours and one six in his 21-ball knock, stuck in the back of for his fiftieth T20 wicket to interrupt the damaging stand.

Rajapaksa saved up the attack and survived a dropped catch by way of Shadab Khan within the deep, quickly attaining his 1/3 T20 half of-century. He completed the innings with a four and 6 off Naseem in his forty five-ball blitz, and Chamika Karunaratne put on fifty four runs take the whole to one hundred seventy-6.

Pacer Pramod Madushan (4-34) and Hasaranga (3-27) shared seven wickets between them to bowl out Pakistan for 147, while chasing 171. Dilshan Madushanka bowled a shaky establishing over, beginning with a no-ball and 4 wides, however the left-arm brief unexpectedly made amends.

Playing simply his 2d T20, Madushanka had Azam caught at brief nice-leg for five after which bowled Fakhar Zaman for a golden duck the subsequent transport. Mohammad Rizwan (55) and Iftikhar (32) put together a partnership of 71 but Madushan broke the stand.

Rizwan, who exceeded India’s Virat Kohli as the very best run-getter of the tournament with 282, reached his fifty with a six off Chamika Karunaratne but soon fell to Hasaranga’s leg-spin and the wheels got here off the chase.“We progressed a lot getting into the very last,” Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka stated searching lower back at their marketing campaign which started with a loss in opposition to Afghanistan. “I suppose it befell for an amazing cause. After that we had a severe dialogue with all the gamers,” he brought.

“We dominated the first eight overs however that [Rajapaksa-Hasaranga] partnership proved vital,” Pakistan captain Babar said. “As a batting unit, we did now not do consistent with our potential, and with the ball, we could not end properly and conceded 15-20 greater runs.”

The victory might flavor even better for Sri Lanka, who couldn’t host the tournament at domestic due to a political and economic disaster inside the island nation though they retained the hosts’ honour.

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