September 23, 2023


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Sri Lanka are Asia Cup Champions

After being five down, it wasn’t easy out there, says Rajapaksa on his match-winning knock in Asia Cup final

Sri Lanka are Asia Cup ChampionsDubai: Some scintillating batting from Bhanuka Rajapaksa (71 off 45 balls) followed by a four-wicket haul by Pramod Madushan and a a few-wicket around by Wanindu Hasaranga helped Sri Lanka conquer Pakistan by 23 runs to elevate their sixth Asia Cup title at Dubai Intercontinental Stadium on Sunday.


Talking about their earn, Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka mentioned, “I ought to thank the group, they were supporting us massively. And also to the supporters at residence, hope we produced them very pleased. These children know problems and circumstance truly effectively. Following losing 5 wickets, Hasaranga-Rajapaksa manufactured a variance. Up front, Chamika and DDS batted genuinely perfectly as well. The last-ball six in the 20th above was the turnaround issue. 170 is always a difficult complete.”


Chatting about their decline in the to start with activity, Shanaka mentioned, ” It could materialize to any great staff. It occurred to us for a good explanation. We had critical discussions after that. We have gamers with excellent calibre, and they stood up properly. That is wherever we grew to become champions.”


Congratulating Sri Lanka for their outstanding win, Pakistan captain Babar Azam explained, “The way we dominated them early, their partnership soon after that was outstanding. The pitch was fantastic, like the Dubai wicket, often pleasurable to participate in below. As a batting device we failed to do in accordance to our potential. We didn’t complete the way we would’ve wanted to. But there are heaps of positives from the event. Our fielding wasn’t up to the mark today, and our center-get couldn’t complete perfectly today. But there had been great deal of individual performances– Rizwan, Shadab, Nawaz and Naseem.”


Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who was Player of the Match for his 45-ball 71, claimed just after getting five down, it wasn’t straightforward out there. “They have been bowling very well. Wanindu and I experienced a good approach. Character of SL crew is to be beneficial and not have strain. That assisted us rating operates. When Iftikhar was bowling, Wanindu wished to assault, but fortunately the two of us ended up having the runs. I experienced to modify my game currently since Pakistan were top rated at the minute. Had to shell out some time at the crease. When Chris arrived to discuss to us at the drinks break, I explained to him that it appears to be like like a 140 pitch. And finally we stayed till the finish and the eventual goal was significantly different. This is a activity of momentum, and we set the momentum in the last more than of the initially innings.”