Asia Cup 2022: “Final Ball Six Helped Us With The Momentum”- Reveals MoTM Bhanuka Rajapaksa

Bhanuka Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka clinched their sixth Asian Cup title by defeating Pakistan within the summit conflict by 23 runs on the Dubai Worldwide Cricket Stadium. Within the course of, Sri Lanka Nationwide Cricket Staff clinched their Asia Cup title tally to six – only one behind India. Total, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have confronted off in 4 Asia Cup finals with the previous profitable in 1986, 2014 and 2022 whereas the latter emerged victorious in 2000.

Talking on the post-match ceremony, MOTM Bhanuka Rajapaksa mentioned, “It was not straightforward on the market. Pakistan have been bowling nicely. When Wanindu got here in, we obtained a plan. We wished to be optimistic all by means of. When Iftikhar was bowling, Wanindu mentioned that he would assault him. However fortunately each of us went har. I needed to change my sport as a result of Pakistanis have been on high. We wished to spend a while within the crease and that helped in getting 170. When Chris (Silverwood) got here out to speak to us after the tenth over, I advised him that 140 was a superb rating. However we stayed until the tip and the goal was a lot completely different. The final ball six and the final over helped us with the momentum and it is a sport of momentum.”

Sri Lanka made a gradual begin to their innings

Earlier, Pakistan Nationwide Cricket Staff received the toss and opted to bowl first within the match. This was the primary toss that Sri Lanka had misplaced within the Tremendous 4 stage of the continued version of the Asia Cup.

The Males In Inexperienced made two modifications to the taking part in XI as Shadab Khan and Naseem Shah changed Usman Qadir and Hasan Ali. Alternatively, the Lankan Lions, who have been taking part in their eleventh Asia Cup remaining, made no modifications to the taking part in XI.

The Dasun Shanaka and Co. have been off to a poor begin within the match as star opening batsman Kusal Mendis was despatched again to the dugout for a golden duck by younger tempo bowling sensation Naseem Shah within the first over itself.

Haris Rauf got here to bowl the fourth over of the match and on the second ball he cleaned up opener Pathum Nissanka for 8. The 28-year-old’s deadly 151kph supply bamboozled Danushka Gunathilaka for 1 within the sixth over. On the finish of the powerplay, Sri Lanka have been at 42/3.

Dhananjaya de Silva, who seemed superb out within the center, was cleaned up by part-timer Iftikhar Ahmed for 28 within the eighth over. Within the very subsequent over Dasun Shanaka’s poor slog-sweep resulted in him getting castled by Shadab Khan for two.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa (Image Credits: Twitter)
Bhanuka Rajapaksa (Picture Credit: Twitter)

Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Chamika Karunaratne propel Sri Lanka to a difficult whole

After that, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Wanindu Hasaranga had a outstanding partnership that helped Sri Lanka achieve momentum. The duo added 58 runs in 36 balls earlier than Hasaranga was dismissed by Haris Rauf within the fifteenth over. He scored 36 runs off 21 balls, together with 5 fours and 1 six.

In the long run, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Chamika Karunaratne had an incredible unbeaten 54 runs partnership in 31 balls that helped Sri Lanka put up 170/6 on the board. Rajapaksa smashed sensational 71 runs off 45 balls, together with 6 fours and three sixes. Karunaratne contributed 14 runs off 14 balls, together with 1 six.

Chasing the goal, Pakistan have been off to a poor begin as they misplaced two wickets inside the primary six overs and on the finish of the powerplay they have been at 37/2. Captain Babar Azam, who had a particularly poor run with the bat within the Asia Cup, scored 5 runs off 6 balls and Fakhar Zaman, who struggled for runs within the marquee match, obtained cleaned up for a golden duck. Each the wickets have been picked up by the 28-year-old seamer Pramod Madushan.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa. PC- Getty
Bhanuka Rajapaksa. PC- Getty

Mohammed Rizwan tried to maintain Pakistan within the hunt however falls brief

Star wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed batted cautiously and had a 71-run partnership in 59 balls earlier than the latter was dismissed by Pramod Madushan for 32 within the 14th over. Mohammad Nawaz additionally did not carry out and obtained out after scoring 6 runs within the sixteenth over.

Wanindu Hasaranga got here to bowl subsequent and he produced a magical seventeenth over by dismissing Mohammad Rizwan (55), Asif Ali (0) and Khushdil Shah (2). In the long run, Maheesh Theekshana, Pramod Madushan and Chamika Karunaratne picked up wickets and Pakistan have been bundled out for 147.

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