PAK vs SL: Babar Azam celebrates after taking a catch to sack Pathum Nissanka in the Asia Cup final.© AFP
Pakistan is in charge of proceedings against Sri Lanka in the ongoing Asia Cup final at the Dubai International Stadium. After being batted, Sri Lanka’s top order failed to wipe out the new ball as Pakistani pacers riot in the power play. Both Sri Lanka openers, Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka, were back in the pavilion before the end of the fourth left. While Mendis was hijacked by Naseem Shah in the first over, Nissanka got his pull wrong and was caught almost half way by Babar Azam delivering Haris Rauf.
Pakistani captain Babar had to run a long way from the halfway point and took a good catch from behind. He was pumped up after poaching the catch and nearly fell while celebrating the wicket.
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Rauf later took his second wicket, clearing Danushka Gunathilaka in the last over of the power play.
Sri Lanka was 67 for five halfway through their innings.
Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka faced each other in the final game of the Super 4 stage, with the island coming out on top.
Spinner Wanindu Hasaranga led Sri Lanka’s bowling charge to take a comfortable five wicket win.
After limiting Pakistan to a total of 121, Sri Lanka chased the total with three overs left.
Since the emergence of Asia Cup in 1984, Sri Lanka has won the title five times while Pakistan has claimed it twice. It will be interesting to see which side will prevail over the other to claim the ultimate title.
India is the most successful side with seven wins in the Asian Cup.
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