Sri Lanka throws a curveball before the final to determine who will win the Asia Cup 2022
who will win the Asia Cup 2022? The 2022 Asian Cup which is being held in the UAE has reached its conclusion. While six teams competed in this series, Hong Kong and Bangladesh were eliminated in the league round. Afghanistan was also eliminated at the halfway point shocking the crowd, and defending champions India suffered back-to-back losses in the tense Super 4 round.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka on the other hand qualified for the finals in the league and Super 4 rounds. In that circumstance, Pakistan and Sri Lanka teams competed against one another in the official final Super 4 game on yesterday, 9 September.
Muhammad Rizwan, the top-ranked batsman in the world, stunned Pakistan early on when he was dismissed for 14 runs after Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bowl first in a preview of the final in Dubai.
As a result, Fakhar Zaman who attempted to lead the team after a modest 28/1 start was dismissed for 18 runs, and captain Babar Azam was dismissed for 30 (29) runs with 2 boundaries which caused further setbacks. Sri Lanka took advantage of it further, bowling out middle-order batsmen like Khushdil Shah (4), Nawaz (26), Asif Ali (0) in a matter of runs.
Pakistan lost the game
As a result of their inability to bat for the full 20 overs, Pakistan lost all of their wickets in 19.1 overs and were reduced to 121 runs. Hazaranga had a maximum of three wickets in Sri Lankan bowling. Kushal Mendis was then dismissed in the first over with Sri Lanka chasing an easy target of 122. After entering the field, De Silva was also dismissed for 9 runs.
Banuka Rajapaksa was then dismissed for 24 (19) after a 51-run partnership for the fourth wicket with opener Nishanka for the team which had a poor start of 29/3. Captain Sanaka batted next and scored 21 (16) runs with one four and two sixes to secure the victory. Hazaranga who entered the game next without wasting a single opportunity, scored 10* (3) runs. While Nisanga who batted without being out and hit 5 fours and 1 six, finished with 55*(48) runs.
The unbeatable Sri Lankan team
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets after scoring 124/5 in 17 overs. Haris Raoob and Hasnain struggled with two wickets each but Pakistan suffered a crushing defeat due to insufficient batting runs. But, these two teams will play each other in the Asia Cup final match which will be held in Dubai on September 11 at 7.30 pm, this victory by Sri Lanka a day earlier has raised expectations among the fans.
Because, Sri Lanka recently defeated Pakistan who was ranked second but has been plagued by defeats and is currently stuck in eighth place, despite having world-class players. The team Sri Lanka which was initially picked to take home the trophy in this series dropped their opening league game but came back to win the second league game, easily dispatch three formidable opponents in India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan in the Super 4 round.
And in every one of the series’ chasing matches, Sri Lanka has easily surpassed 180 targets. So, if Sri Lanka wins the toss in the final tomorrow, they will undoubtedly win the trophy. On the other hand, it is incorrect to predict that Pakistan which lost the toss will lose the next game. Because there are more stories in the history of teams losing to small teams going on to beat big teams like Australia and win the trophy. The fans have high hopes for tomorrow’s pakistan vs sri lanka 2022 championship game as a result.