Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan in the Asian Cup final.© AFP
Legendary South African batsman AB de Villiers on Tuesday congratulated the Sri Lankan cricket team on achieving the 2022 Asia Cup. Sri Lanka won the 2022 Asia Cup after beating Pakistan in the final by 23 runs on Sunday. He used a quote from Sri Lanka’s field coach Anton Roux to highlight how players put a smile on the faces of their compatriots amid a severe economic crisis on the island, and showed their fighting spirit and toughness through chasing and defending goals, nail-biting matches after losing to Afghanistan in the tournament opener.
“Shoutout to @OfficialSLC for a great performance! In the words of one of their coaches @Rooster55555: ‘Hard times don’t last, but tough people do’. Congratulations guys,” de Villiers tweeted.
Shoutout to @OfficialSLC for a wonderful performance! In the words of one of their coaches @Haan55555 “Hard times don’t last, but difficult people do”. congratulations people
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) September 13, 2022
This is Sri Lanka’s sixth Asian Cup title. They previously won the title in 1986, 1997, 2004, 2008 and 2014. They are the second most successful team in tournament history, next to India, which has won seven titles.
Sri Lanka was the first to start by Pakistan in the Asia Cup final. The island nation fought back in the game of 42/5 in the power play. Bhanuka Rajapaksa (71*) and Wanindu Hasaranga (36) had 58 runs to take Sri Lanka to 170/6 in their 20 overs.
Pakistan lost two early wickets while chasing 171 and stood at 22/2. Then Mohammad Rizwan (55) and Iftikhar Ahmed (32) formed a 61-run tie to stabilize the innings. In death overs, Sri Lanka swung the match in their favor again with a spell from Hasaranga (3/27). Pakistan was tied for 147 and lost by 23 runs. Pramod Madushan (4/34) also dealt a lot of damage in power play and death-overs, helping his side secure the Asia Cup title.
Rajapaksa was awarded the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his brilliant 71*.
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