Pakistani all-rounder Shadab Khan has taken full responsibility after his side fell short in the 2022 Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 23 runs on Sunday to win their sixth Asian Cup title. After the loss, Shadab took to Twitter to apologize for the catches lost in the match, saying he took full responsibility for this result.
“Catches win matches. Sorry, I take responsibility for this loss. I disappointed my team. Positive points for team, @iNaseemShah, @HarisRauf14, @mnawaz94 and the whole bowling attack was great. @iMRizwanPak fought hard. All the team tried their best. Congratulations to Sri Lanka,” Shadab tweeted.
It’s important to remember that Shadab dropped two flyouts in the final against Sri Lanka and one went for a six in the backend of the innings.
In the final, Pakistan had Sri Lanka on the mat at one point with a score of 58/5, but Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s unbeaten 71 point knock helped the side post add 170 runs to the board.
He was amply supported by Wanindu Hasaranga, who scored 36 of 21 deliveries.
Pramod Madushan then took two wickets in two balls to rattle Pakistan early.
Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed tied for 71 points, but their scoring percentage was too low and the pressure mounted.
Madushan then broke the tie and claimed his third wicket, and it’s all been Sri Lanka ever since, despite Rizwan batting half a century.
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Rizwan, Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah were all sent in one package to end Pakistan’s hopes.
Pakistan was eventually knocked out for 147 from the final episode of the match, sparking ecstatic celebrations from Sri Lanka’s players.
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