A brilliant half-century from Bhanuka Rajapaksa and fiery spells from spinner Wanindu Hasaranga and pacer Pramod Madushan helped Sri Lanka win THEIR sixth Asian Cup title, beating Pakistan by 24 points in the final in Dubai sunday.
In a video shared by Afghan journalist Abdulhaq Omeri, huge crowds of people were seen in the streets, cheering and dancing in joy after Sri Lanka’s victory.
People also took to social media to congratulate Sri Lanka on their victory and also to mock the performance of the Pakistani team in the final, especially on the pitch.
“Congratulations, thank you Sri Lanka for making us very happy. Afghanistan applauds and celebrates Sri Lanka’s victory,” one user tweeted.
#Afghans 🇦🇫 Celebrations in the capital of #Kabul, #Afghanistan to celebrate Sri Lanka’s victory over Pakistan in the… https://t.co/cjzAxJie6a
—Abdulhaq Omeri (@AbdulhaqOmeri) 1662923314000
A user under ICC’s post about Sri Lanka being crowned as champions mocked Pakistan for not being able to defeat Sri Lanka in their two matches, while Afghanistan did it once.
“We beat the Asian Cup champions but you lost 2 times,” the netizen tweeted.
Under the same post, another user posted a video of Afghan fans celebrating SL’s victory by dancing in the streets.
“This is how Afghans celebrate Sri Lanka’s victory. #AsiaCup2022,” he tweeted.
Another Afghan Twitter user expressed his joy after Pakistan lost in the final.
“The fall of Pakistan is my happiness,” the user tweeted.
It comes after clashes were reported between supporters of Afghanistan and Pakistan after the latter won the cricket match at the ‘Super 4’ stage of the tournament in Sharjah on Wednesday.
Afghanistan itself made a decent exit at Asian Cup 2022. They qualified for the ‘Super 4’ stage of the tournament after wins over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the group stage, but could not claim any wins in the ‘Super 4’ stage, losing to Sri Lanka, in Pakistan and India.
Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 24 points in Sunday’s final.
Sri Lanka pulled off a remarkable comeback from a poor power-play position at bat, with help from Rajapaksa (71*) and Hasaranga (36) to make it 170/6 in 20 overs.
While defending that tally, the spells of Hasaranga (3/27) and Madushan (4/34) helped the islanders seal victory despite a menacing 61-point position between Mohammad Rizwan (55) and Iftikhar Ahmed (32).