Sri Lanka, a rustic selecting up items after the loss of life of democracy whereas dealing with monumental monetary turbulence, discovered 11 worthy heroes on a cricket pitch as Dasun Shanaka‘s unheralded bunch crushed Pakistan by 23 runs to win their sixth Asia Cup title right here on Sunday. It was a victory that was simply not about cricket however approach past that with a lot deeper historic and political significance. It was one for posterity as Sri Lanka first raised themselves from the dungeons to succeed in 170 for six from a hopeless 58 for five due to Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s 45-ball-71, simply among the best knocks below stress in T20s in latest occasions.
If that wasn’t sufficient, Pakistan, who had been cruising alongside at 93 for two, had been lastly bowled out Pakistan for 147 as pacer Pramod Madushan (4/34 in 4 overs) and leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga (3/27 in 4 overs) ensured that the few hundreds of Sri Lankan followers out cheered the 20,000 odd Pakistan followers.
The seventeenth over by Hasaranga that served as Pakistan’s loss of life knell with three wickets falling in fast succession.
It was Rajapaksa, who laid the muse, Madushan, who constructed the construction and Hasaranga, who gave the ending touches.
Sri Lanka do not have prima donas just like the ‘Men in Blue’ however a group of excellent cricketers who’ve understood how you can win crunch matches from the lifeless.
While Babar was responsible off flicking a large lengthy hop down leg facet straight into quick wonderful leg fielder’s fingers, Fakhar dragged an angular supply again onto stumps.
Rizwan (55 off 49 balls) as regular performed the sheet anchor’s function hitting the odd boundaries as Iftikhar Ahmed (32 of 31 balls) began hitting after 10 overs however Madushan coming again for his second spell had him holed out within the deep.
If there was one distinction between the edges, it was fielding. While Pakistan had been poor on the sector dropping catches, Sri Lankans took some sensible catches and had been excellent within the deep mid-wicket bounary.
At one level, even the spectators received pissed off with Rizwan’s push and prod sport which is sweet for totals within the 150 vary however not the 170 plus ones. Finally when the stress went above vital restrict, Hasaranga had him caught at deep.
It was a very good toss to win for Babar as Pakistan pacers began with a bang earlier than Rajapaksa’s brilliance ensured a difficult whole for the islanders.
Rajapaksa’s calculated assault on the loss of life noticed 50 runs being scored off final 4 overs.
Young Naseem Shah (1/40 in 4 overs) and the uber cool Haris Rauf (3/29 in 4 overs) bowled with a whole lot of tempo and hearth extracting motion off the observe as they broke the spine of the Lankan batting inside the Powerplay overs earlier than Rajapaksa scored one among his best fifties contemplating the scenario that his group was in.
Rajapaksa and Wanindu Hasaranga (36 off 21 balls) added 58 fast runs after Sri Lanka had been left gasping for breath at 58 for five.
There was one other 54 run stand with Chamika Karunaratne and Sri Lanka did cross the 160-run mark. Shah, the 19-year-old tempo sensation bowled one of the crucial deadly off-cutters seen on this event because it pitched again of size however moved in sharply, giving no time to in-form Kusal Mendis (0) to convey his bat down.
While Dhananjaya de Silva (28 off 21 balls) did hit some picturesque cowl drives, there was no help actually from the opposite finish.
However Rajapaksa together with his all-round strokeplay did give Sri Lankan whole lot of respectability. He hit six fours and three sixes and the flick off Naseem for a most was a deal with for the eyes. Equally good was was ramp flick off Naseem that went for 4 earlier than a slashed six over cowl level took Lanka to 170.
When Shadab bowled a googly or Iftikhar managed an off-break, Rajapaksa performed some deft late cuts as Babar was seen getting a bit stressed.
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