PAK vs SL Asia Cup 2022 : Victory gives Pakistan away, lost by 23 runs; Sri Lanka has carved a name on the Asia Cup
PAK vs SL Final Match: The final match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup turned out to be very exciting and competitive. In this match, Sri Lanka has carved its name on the Asia Cup by beating Pakistan. Sri Lanka had set a target of 171 runs to win against Pakistan. The Pakistan team could not reach this score. Pakistan could score only 147 runs in 20 overs. The Sri Lankan bowlers performed spectacularly. Skillful bowling by Wanindu Hasaranga and Pramod Madushan helped Sri Lanka reach victory.
Pakistan got off to a poor start as Sri Lanka chased down the target of 171 for victory. Babar Azam was dismissed as Pakistan’s first wicket. He scored just five runs. Then Fakhar Zaman, who came to bat for the second wicket, was disappointed. He could not even open an account. He became a trifle. Iftikhar Ahmed, who came in for the third wicket, and opener Mohammad Rizwan had a good footing in the field. Both shared a partnership of 71 runs. But in the 14th over, Iftikhar Ahmed (32) was caught.
After Ahmed, none of Pakistan’s batsmen could hold their own on the field. Middle order batsman Mohammad Nawaz (6), Khushdil Shah (2), Asif Ali (0), Shadab Khan (8) disappointed. When Pakistan scored 120 runs, it was a miserable situation of eight wickets. So Pakistan needed 51 runs in 12 balls. In the end Pakistan players could score 147 runs in twenty overs. As a result, Sri Lanka won by 23 runs.
Earlier, Pakistan decided to bowl first after winning the toss. Then the Sri Lankan team, who came to bat, got off to a very poor start. With two batsmen dismissed in the first four overs, Sri Lanka were 23 for two. Opener Kusal Mendis also failed to open the account. Pathum Nisanka scored only eight runs. Dhananjaya de Silva, who came in for the second wicket, played relatively well. He scored 28 runs off 21 balls.
Danushka Gunathilaka (1), captain Dasun Shanaka (2) disappointed. Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored 71 runs in 45 balls with the help of 3 sixes and 6 boundaries. Sri Lanka’s score reached 170 thanks to Rajapaksa’s innings. Wanindu Hasaranga gave excellent support to Rajapaksa. He scored 36 off 321 balls.
In the bowling department, Pakistan’s bowlers had some success in keeping the Sri Lankan batsmen tied. Haris Rauf took the highest three wickets. Naseem Shah, Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed dismissed one batsman each. Sri Lankan bowlers performed better than Pakistani bowlers. Pramod Madushan sent the important batsmen Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Naseem Shah to the tent. He took a total of four wickets. While Wanindu Hasranga also took a total of three wickets along with Mohammad Rizwan, Khushdil Shah. Mahish Tikshana took one wicket while Karunaratne took two wickets.