Asia Cup 2022 Final: Bhanuka Rajapaksha Becomes the Man of the Match
Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 23 runs in the final of the Asia Cup. The team has become the champion of this mega tournament in 2014. This is Sri Lanka’s sixth title. Earlier he had won this title in 2014, 2008, 2004, 1997, and 1986.
Batting first, Sri Lanka scored 170 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 6 wickets. In reply, Pakistan’s team was all-out for 147 runs in 20 overs. Pramod Madushan took the highest 4 wickets for Sri Lanka. At the same time, Vanindu Hasaranga got 3 successes. These three wickets came in the 17th over and this over was the turning point of the match. Hasranga dismissed Rizwan (55), Asif Ali (0) and Khushdil Shah (2).
Pramod Madushan bowled brilliantly for Sri Lanka and dismissed Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman in two consecutive balls. First, he got Babar Azam caught out. Then on the very first ball, Fakhar Zaman was clean bowled. After this, he caught Iftikhar Ahmed, who was completely set, out. Iftikhar scored 32 runs off 31 balls.
Brilliant batting performance by Rajapaksha
Sri Lankan batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa played an innings of 71 runs off 45 balls. His innings changed the game for Sri Lanka. He completed his half-century in just 35 balls. For this brilliant performance, he was awarded man of the match. Hasranga made a brilliant 36 runs in just 21 balls. Haris Rauf took the maximum 3 wickets for Pakistan. At the same time, Shadab Khan, Naseem Shah, and Iftikhar Ahmed got one wicket each.
Pakistani bowlers dominate in power play
The power play of the Sri Lankan innings was dominated by Pakistani bowlers. In the game of 6 overs, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf together gave three shocks to Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan batsmen scored 42 runs in 36 balls. Haris Rauf took two and Naseem Shah took one wicket.