Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s unbeaten 71 and Wanindu Hasaranga’s key contributions with both and ball fired Sri Lanka to their sixth Asia Cup title with a 23-run win over Pakistan on Sunday.
Fast bowler Pramod Madushan (4/34) and Hasaranga (3/27) shared seven wickets between them to bowl out Pakistan for 147 while chasing 171 in Dubai.
Asia Cup final, PAK v SL as it happened: Rajapaksa, Madushan, Hasaranga lead Sri Lanka to famous win
Earlier the left-handed Rajapaksa put on a key 58-run stand for the sixth wicket with Hasaranga, who hit 36, to help Sri Lanka to 170/6 after being in trouble at 58/5.
Sri Lanka, who had to abandon plans to host the competition due to political unrest, bounced back from an embarrassing opening defeat by Afghanistan to win the tournament, a curtain-raiser for next month’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
Here are some reactions to Sri Lanka’s triumph:
Dasun Shanaka’s Sri Lankan team wins five straight games to claim the Asia Cup title in style 🙌🏽https://t.co/DOf5Yag5sd pic.twitter.com/73HnvshrM6
— The Field (@thefield_in) September 11, 2022
Congratulations Sri Lanka ! deserved to win the Asia cup ,After loosing to Afghanistan in the first game showed true character as a unit to win the tournament 🏟 #SLvsPAK #AsiaCup2022Final well done skipper @dasunshanaka1 🤛
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) September 11, 2022
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