Sri Lanka are Asia Cup Champions

After being five down, it wasn’t easy out there, says Rajapaksa on his match-winning knock in Asia Cup final

Sri Lanka are Asia Cup ChampionsDubai: Some scintillating batting from Bhanuka Rajapaksa (71 off 45 balls) adopted by a 4-wicket haul by Pramod Madushan and a 3-wicket above by Wanindu Hasaranga aided Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 23 operates to lift their sixth Asia Cup title at Dubai Intercontinental Stadium on Sunday.

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Talking about their get, Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka explained, “I must thank the crowd, they were being supporting us massively. And also to the admirers at property, hope we produced them proud. These youngsters know ailments and situation truly nicely. Just after dropping 5 wickets, Hasaranga-Rajapaksa made a distinction. Up front, Chamika and DDS batted actually effectively as well. The past-ball 6 in the 20th more than was the turnaround issue. 170 is often a tough full.”

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Talking about their reduction in the initial match, Shanaka explained, ” It could come about to any superior team. It happened to us for a good rationale. We had serious conversations right after that. We have players with great calibre, and they stood up well. That’s where by we grew to become champions.”

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Congratulating Sri Lanka for their exceptional acquire, Pakistan captain Babar Azam mentioned, “The way we dominated them early, their partnership after that was excellent. The pitch was excellent, like the Dubai wicket, usually pleasurable to engage in in this article. As a batting device we didn’t do in accordance to our opportunity. We failed to finish the way we would’ve desired to. But there are a lot of positives from the tournament. Our fielding wasn’t up to the mark today, and our middle-order couldn’t finish very well now. But there have been great deal of particular person performances– Rizwan, Shadab, Nawaz and Naseem.”

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Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who was Player of the Match for his 45-ball 71, reported following remaining 5 down, it was not easy out there. “They have been bowling perfectly. Wanindu and I experienced a awesome approach. Mother nature of SL crew is to be favourable and not have tension. That aided us rating operates. When Iftikhar was bowling, Wanindu preferred to attack, but fortuitously both of us were getting the operates. I experienced to improve my recreation these days given that Pakistan have been major at the moment. Had to expend some time at the crease. When Chris came to communicate to us at the drinks break, I explained to him that it seems to be like a 140 pitch. And at some point we stayed until the end and the eventual goal was substantially distinct. This is a activity of momentum, and we established the momentum in the final about of the very first innings.”