Not many people would have thought that Sri Lanka is going to win Asia Cup 2022. On a Star Sports poll on 3rd September, Sri Lanka were voted 0% of winning Asia Cup but the Sri Lankan surpassed everyone’s expectations by winning the tournament.
Sri Lanka won their 6th Asia Cup title after defeating Pakistan in the final game. By this win, they now have won the most number of games in Asia Cup history. Pakistan after batting first offered Sri Lanka to bat first. But Sri Lanka did not have a good start as they lost their openers early.
Their top order was shattered after the wicket of Dhananjaya de Silva who got out at the score of 28. Middle order batter Danushka Gunathilaka could not do much damage to Pakistan bowlers either and walked away at the svore of 1. But the in form batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa who stood at the crease and finished his innings on 71 runs.
Rajapaksa got full support for Hasaranga who made 36 runs off just 21 delivery. Owing to Rajapaksa and Hasaranga’s innings, Sri Lanka set a total of 170 runs on the board. While chasing, Pakistan batters surrendered against Lankan bowlers and their innings bundled out for 147 runs. Pramod Madushan picked 4 wickets while Wanindu Hasaranga took 3. Rajapaksa was declared player of the match while Hasaranga was adjudged player of the tournament for his allround performance.
After the game, India’s former opener Gautam Gambhir won hearts of every Sri Lankan fan. In the video uploaded by Gautam Gambhir on twitter, he was seen holding Sri Lankan flag and posing for a photo. He captioned the video “Superstar team…Truly deserving!! #CongratsSriLanka”