Former Pakistani Captain Rashid Latif
Pakistan surrendered to Sri Lanka in the 2022 Asian Cup final as the batters failed to maintain the momentum needed to chase Dubai’s 171-run goal. Pakistan gave away more than 100 runs in the last 10 overs in the field after Sri Lanka took down 5 wickets in the first 10 overs. After that, the duo of Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed slammed quite slowly to make work hard for the middle class and Pakistan eventually capitulated under the pressure of the rising demand rate.
Former Pakistani captain Rashid Latif ripped into the batters for their strategy and said Sri Lankan batters scored at a good pace in the bottom of the innings despite losing wickets.
Latif literally counted the number of overs the Lankans scored on more than 10 runs in the bottom of the innings, then did a comparative analysis of Pakistan’s chase during a post-game show on Boss News. It was concluded that the Pakistanis had scored more than 10 runs in just 4 of the 20 overs.
Another former Pakistani captain Moin Khan also pointed to the negative mentality with which Pakistan played despite Sri Lanka being in the right place.
This was Sri Lanka’s sixth Asia Cup title and they are now just one behind record holder India, who has won 7 titles.
Pakistan has won only 2 Asia Cup titles to date.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa was the star of the bat show as he hit an unbeaten 71.
Wanindu Hasaranga played an important cameo with the bat and also contributed by three wickets.
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