PAK vs SL Final: Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup 2022 Final held in Dubai on Sunday. The Lankan team won the trophy by defeating Pakistan by 23 runs. Despite the poor start, the way this team came back was worth seeing. At one time, it was difficult for the Lankan team, which had lost 5 wickets for 58 runs, to cross 100, but at such a time Bhanuka Rajapaksa took one end and brought her team to such a score, from where The tears of victory could be tied.
Electing to bat after losing the toss, Sri Lanka’s first wicket fell on the sum total of two runs. Naseem Shah sent Kusal Mendis to the pavilion on zero. After this, there was such a flurry of wickets for Sri Lanka that half the team returned to the pavilion by the time 58 runs were reached. Here the runrate of the Lankan team was also within 6.50. From here Bhanuka Rajapaksa along with Wanindu Hasaranga took over his team. There was an important partnership of 58 runs in 36 balls between Rajapaksa and Wanindu. Here Vanindu (36) returned to the pavilion but Rajapaksa kept the responsibility.
Rajapaksa shared a 31-ball 54-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Chamika Karunaratne. In this partnership, Rajapaksa scored 34 runs in 17 balls. Overall, Rajapaksa played a very important innings of 71 off 45 balls and took his team to a respectable score. Batting first here, Sri Lanka scored 170/6 in the allotted 20 overs. After this the Sri Lankan bowlers did the rest of the work well. Madushan, Hasranga’s strong bowling bundled out Pakistan for 147. In this way, Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup 2022 trophy by winning the match by 23 runs.
What did Rajapaksa say after the match?
After getting his team the title of Asia Cup 2022, Rajapaksa said, ‘Pakistan team was bowling very well. But Vanindu and I had a good plan. The atmosphere of our team is very positive at the moment, players are asked to play without pressure. And that atmosphere helped us score runs. I changed my game a bit in today’s match because Pakistan dominated us. I had to spend time at the crease and I managed to do it.