Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 23 runs in the final match. Rajapaksa played an innings of 71 not out. Madushan took four wickets.
The Sri Lankan team showed the world an example of the power of unity in Dubai on Sunday. The team which was not considered worthy of reaching the Super-4, leave it as the contender for the Asia Cup, that team became the champion of Asia. This team also proved that you don’t need big players but trust and solidarity in each other to win a title.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s bat was calm in this tournament, but playing a useful unbeaten half-century in the final match gave his team Sri Lanka the winning trophy of the Asia Cup T20. Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 23 runs in the final match. Sri Lanka’s score was at one time 58 for five and it seemed that both of them had the sixth wicket that the Sri Lankan team would be reduced to a small score, but with the help of Rajapaksa’s innings, Pakistan gave a strong target of 171 runs.
Rajapaksa played an unbeaten 71 off 45 balls. He was well supported by all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga who played an innings of 36 runs. Both shared a 58-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Sri Lankan team managed to score 170 runs for six wickets in the allotted 20 overs.
In reply, the Pakistani team also had a poor start and the team was reduced to 147 runs in 20 overs. Mohammad Rizwan (55) scored the most runs for Pakistan and apart from him, Iftikar (32) was also able to survive to some extent. Both shared 71 runs in 59 balls for the third wicket. Chasing the target, Pakistan got some runs for free in the beginning itself. Sri Lanka’s left-arm fast bowler Dilshan Madushan bowled four balls wide and one ball no ball in the first five balls.
The country has been given a chance to celebrate: Sri Lanka, which has faced social and economic crisis and the worst democratic turmoil in its history, has been given a chance to celebrate by its players.
Lost the first match then won: The Sri Lankan team had lost its first match in this tournament. The team was defeated by Afghanistan. But the team won five consecutive matches after that. The Sri Lankan board officials praised the team saying that it is wonderful to be champions after losing to Afghanistan.
Sri Lankan cricket came alive: Before the final match, Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan in Super-4. From that match, Sri Lanka was considered as a contender to win the final. Because the Pakistani team was nowhere in front of the Sri Lankan team’s batting and bowling. Now with this victory, Sri Lanka made their cricket alive. Now this team will go into the upcoming T20 World Cup with great confidence.
The situation did not get heavy: The star-studded Indian team was the title contender and this team disappointed everyone the most. But the teams of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan won everyone’s heart with their performance in the tournament as the situation in their country is not going right these days. Pakistan is being ruined by floods, while the turmoil in Sri Lanka affected everyone. Afghanistan is also grappling with economic and social crisis. In such a situation, the performance of all three countries is worthy of praise.
Sri Lanka are six-time champions of Asia Cup. Pramod Madushan, Wanindu Hasaranga and Bhanuka Rajapaksa are stars of Sri Lanka in the final.
Many celebrities including Gautam Gambhir and Indian actor Anil Kapoor congratulated Sri Lanka on their victory.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 11, 2022
Congratulations Team Sri Lanka on the splendid win!! pic.twitter.com/SmohMpnfmU
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) September 12, 2022