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Sri Lanka outclass Pakistan to clinch sixth Asia Cup title

Sri Lanka has burst into celebrations after beating Pakistan by 23 runs to lift the Asia Cup 2022 trophy for the sixth time in T20 – the shortest form of cricket in Dubai.

Skipper Dasun Shanaka called Asia Cup victory a “real turnaround” for Sri Lankan cricket ahead of the T20 World Cup, and dedicated the win to the crisis-hit nation.

An astonishing counterattack from Bhanuka Rajapaksa and impressive bowling performances from Pramod Madushan and Wanindu Hasaranaga set up a comfortable 23-run win for Sri Lanka over Pakistan in the final of the T20 Asia Cup at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on September 11.

Set to chase a 171-run target to win the Asia Cup, Pakistan’s top and middle order batting failed to make a mark against the Sri Lankan bowlers, with skipper Babar Azam out for 5 runs and left-handed batter Fakhar Zaman on duck. Opening batter Muhammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed tried to build a partnership but failed to find boundaries.

Pak vs SL scores in brief:

Sri Lanka 170-6, 20 overs (Bhanuka Rajapaksa 71 not out, Wanindu Hasaranga 36, Dhanajaya de Silva 28; Haris Rauf 3-29)

Pakistan 147 all out, 20 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 55, Iftikhar Ahmed 32; Pramod Madushan 4-34, Wanindu Hasaranga 3-27, Chamika Karunaratne 2-33)

Player of the match – Bhanuka Rajapaksa (Sri Lanka)

Player of the series – Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka)

Congratulatory messages pour in

Former Sri Lanka players sent their congratulations to the current team.

While disappointed with the defeat, former Pakistan stars and a former coach also congratulated Sri Lanka players.

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