March 2, 2024


Funky Sport

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) adopted by a four-wicket haul by Pramod Madushan and a a few-wicket above by Wanindu Hasaranga helped Sri Lanka defeat Pakistan by 23 operates to carry their sixth Asia Cup title at Dubai Worldwide Stadium on Sunday.


Speaking about their acquire, Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka explained, “I will have to thank the group, they have been supporting us massively. And also to the admirers at property, hope we created them proud. These youngsters know situations and situation definitely well. Following losing five wickets, Hasaranga-Rajapaksa designed a big difference. Up front, Chamika and DDS batted seriously properly too. The final-ball 6 in the 20th more than was the turnaround place. 170 is always a tricky complete.”


Chatting about their decline in the to start with sport, Shanaka said, ” It could happen to any good group. It happened to us for a excellent rationale. We had serious discussions following that. We have players with good calibre, and they stood up very well. That is wherever we grew to become champions.”


Congratulating Sri Lanka for their excellent get, Pakistan captain Babar Azam reported, “The way we dominated them early, their partnership following that was excellent. The pitch was excellent, like the Dubai wicket, always entertaining to engage in below. As a batting unit we didn’t do in accordance to our potential. We failed to finish the way we would’ve required to. But there are tons of positives from the tournament. Our fielding was not up to the mark nowadays, and our middle-get could not complete perfectly right now. But there were being great deal of personal performances– Rizwan, Shadab, Nawaz and Naseem.”


Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who was Player of the Match for his 45-ball 71, reported immediately after getting 5 down, it was not quick out there. “They were being bowling effectively. Wanindu and I experienced a nice strategy. Mother nature of SL staff is to be beneficial and not have force. That helped us rating operates. When Iftikhar was bowling, Wanindu desired to attack, but the good thing is both of those of us were being obtaining the runs. I had to improve my match today considering that Pakistan were top rated at the second. Experienced to commit some time at the crease. When Chris arrived to chat to us at the drinks crack, I informed him that it appears to be like like a 140 pitch. And at some point we stayed until the finish and the eventual goal was considerably various. This is a recreation of momentum, and we set the momentum in the very last more than of the initial innings.”