Sri Lanka wins Asia Cup after defeating Pakistan


Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by making it difficult for Pakistan to score throughout their 172-run chase and turned the tide in its favour in the last four overs to lift the Asia Cup.

After Bhanuka Rajapaksa rescued Sri Lanka to a fighting total of 170/6, a four-wicket haul by Pramod Madushan and a three-wicket over by Wanindu Hasaranga helped Sri Lanka bundle out Pakistan for 147.

After being put into bat, Sri Lanka’s top-order failed to negate the new ball as Pakistan pacers ran riot in the powerplay. Both Sri Lanka openers,  were back in the pavillion before the conclusion of the fourth over. Pakistan captain Babar Azam had to run a long way from mid-off and took a good catch running behind. He was pumped up after pouching the catch, and almost fell down while celebrating the wicket.

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On the last ball of the penultimate over, Pakistan players Shadab Khan and Asif Ali collided at deep midwicket after Rajapaksa tried to hit a six.

While it seemed that Asif might pouch the ball, Shadab barged into his teammate with his dive, and the ball popped out of his hands and looped over the rope for a six.

Put to bat first, Sri Lanka faced initial setbacks but a top knock of 71 runs off 45 balls by Rajapaksa helped them post a target of 171. Apart from him, Hasaranga also played a quick knock of 36 runs off 21 balls. For Pakistan, Haris Rauf took three wickets while Shadab Khan, Naseem Shah, and Iftikhar Ahmed took one-wicket each. Chasing 171, Pakistan faced a regular fall of wickets as only Mohammad Rizwan could score big with 55 runs. Chamika Karunaratne and Maheesh Theekshana scalped two and one wicket, respectively.