Asia Cup 2022 Winner: Sri Lanka Scored 170+ Runs After being in danger of getting All Out Within 100 Runs
Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 23 runs to win the Asia Cup 2022 title. For the first time, this tournament was organized in 1984. This is the sixth time in 38 years that the Sri Lankan team has become the champion. This time Sri Lanka was considered to be one of the weakest teams at the start of the tournament.
Nevertheless, after this India’s southern neighbors made a comeback to be recorded in golden letters on the pages of history. They stunned the entire cricketing world. The vibrancy with which Sri Lankan cricketers have won the title in the midst of economic and political turmoil in their country. It is nothing short of a miracle.
There was a danger of getting all out within 100 runs in the final
Sri Lanka was forced to bat first after losing the toss in the final against Pakistan. A worse thing happened when opener Kushal Mendis was bowled in the very first over. Then the team’s score was just two runs.
The second wicket fell at the score of 23 runs and the third wicket fell at the score of 36 runs. Then the fourth and fifth wickets also fell in a few moments. 9 overs were about to be completed and only 58 runs were on the scoreboard.
The danger of getting all out within 100 runs was looming on the team. After this, Bhanuka Rajapakse (71 runs off 45 balls) and Wanindu Hasaranga (36 runs off 21 balls) made the team come back with strong batting.
The Sri Lankan team reached 170 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs. This was a total that could have been enough to put the rivals under pressure in a pressure match like the final. Eventually, it happened.
Sri Lanka first defeated Bangladesh and made it to the Super-4. After this, defeating Afghanistan, India and Pakistan qualified for the finals while staying on top. Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup title. Similarly, Sri Lanka’s team is just one step behind India in terms of winning the Asia Cup for the most number of times.