Team Sri Lanka celebrates© Twitter
Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 23 runs in the 2022 Asian Cup final at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s 71-run knockout, followed by a four-wicket haul from Pramod Madushan and a three-wicket haul from Wanindu Hasaranga, helped Sri Lanka unite Pakistan at 147, chasing 171. With this win, Sri Lanka lifted their sixth Asia Cup title. After this win, the Dasun Shanaka-led side saw the partying and dancing in the locker room.
In a video posted to the Asian Cricket Council’s Twitter handle, the Sri Lankan players were seen jumping, drinking champagne and cutting a cake to celebrate their win over Pakistan.
Absolute SCNES from tonight’s CHAMPIONS dressing room!
The Sri Lankan 🇱🇰 players are excited to celebrate and we’re all for it! #SLvPAK #ACC #AsiaCup2022 #GetReadyForEpic pic.twitter.com/Bc5HINrkN0
— AsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) September 11, 2022
Coming to the match, Bhanuka Rajapaksa played a brilliant 71* knockout on 45 deliveries to take Sri Lanka to 171/6 from a position where even 150 seemed hard to reach.
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.
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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