Skipper Dasun Shanaka on Sunday referred to as the Asia Cup triumph a “real turnaround” for Sri Lankan cricket forward of the T20 World Cup and devoted the win to the crisis-hit nation. Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 23 runs within the closing with Bhanuka Rajapaksa hitting an unbeaten 71 and Wanindu Hasaranga starring with bat and ball in Dubai. The win was nothing wanting a fairytale ending for a crew which began the match, a precursor to the World Cup beginning subsequent month in Australia, with an embarrassing loss towards Afghanistan.
But Shanaka’s males bounced again with 5 successive wins, taking down match favourites India in a Super Four contest after which twice getting previous Pakistan with ease.
“The players have been playing good cricket for two, three years but the winning factor was not there,” Shanaka mentioned after Sri Lanka’s sixth Asia Cup title.
“This will be a real good turnaround in our cricket. This lot (of players) will continue for another five, six years, so that will be a very good sign for us.”
The island nation has suffered months of financial disaster and political unrest with blackouts, gas shortages and protests changing into a part of their lives.
The Sri Lankan followers current on the Dubai International Stadium celebrated the win with drums and songs because the crew took a victory lap of the bottom with the trophy.
“They were waiting for it for so long, especially the final,” Shanaka informed reporters. “We should dedicate this win to the whole nation.”
The Asian champions although should undergo the qualifying stage for an opportunity of assembly the heavyweights in the principle draw of the T20 World Cup which begins October 22.
But Shanaka believes the qualifiers will assist them acclimatise to Australia and the momentum is already with them.
“We played the qualifiers last year as well. We have the same set-up for the last three, four years and last two years have been good for us,” mentioned Shanaka.
“The momentum is there and winning the Asia Cup really helps going ahead to the World Cup. Qualifiers will really help because we will play in the conditions before the main tournament happens, so it will be good for us.”
Coach Chris Silverwood, appointed in April to steer Sri Lanka having overseen England’s Ashes humiliation in Australia, has been credited for the crew’s new-found confidence.
The Englishman was seen having a chat with Rajapaksa and Hasaranga, who made 36 after which took 3-27 along with his leg-spin, throughout a key 58-run stand between the 2 batsmen that lifted Sri Lanka from a precarious 58-5 to 170-6.
“He has always been a good motivator for us and always wants us to play aggressive cricket,” mentioned Rajapaksa.
“We have been given the freedom to play as we wish. And that really helps us as a team and as a young unit to come and win games like this.”
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