Danish Kaneria
Danish Kaneria. Image-Reuters

Sri Lanka won their sixth Asia Cup title with a 23-run win over Pakistan on Sunday, thanks to Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s unbeaten 71 and Wanindu Hasaranga’s key contributions with both bat and ball.

Fast bowler Pramod Madushan (4-34) and Hasaranga (3-27) shared seven wickets as Pakistan was dismissed for 147 while chasing 171 in Dubai.

Bowling first in the mega-tournament, Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup for the first time in eight years, defeating Pakistan in the final in Dubai International Stadium.

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga. Pic Credits: Twitter

Sri Lanka Changed The Strategy “Win The Toss And Win The Match – Danish Kaneria

Former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria praised Sri Lanka for changing the strategy in the Asia Cup to “win the toss and win the match.”

Danish Kaneria
Danish Kaneria (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kaneria praised Sri Lanka, saying, Sri Lanka has beaten Pakistan in every format except this one, and I don’t understand why captain Babar Azam didn’t give the ball to Mohammad Nawaz early.  Nawaz came into the bowling in the 16th over and bowled the over.

“Congratulations Sri Lanka on Winning the Asia Cup. Well deserved victory. Lankans change the trend of winning toss and winning match, they outclassed Pakistan in every department. Y Nawaz was not bowling poor captaincy,” Kaneria tweeted.

Pakistan won the toss and asked Sri Lanka to bat first. Sri Lankan openers Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka were dismissed early and returned to the pavilion on 23/2. However, even after this, Sri Lanka lost wickets early because the Pakistani bowlers had put a lot of pressure on the Sri Lankan batsmen at the time.

The turning point in Sri Lanka’s innings, however, came when Bhanuka Rajapaksa batted.  Rajapaksa’s 45-ball 71 made a significant contribution to the team’s challenging score of 170/6.

In reply, when Pakistan came out to bat, Dilshan Madushanka had the worst start as he bowled five illegal deliveries and conceded nine runs. Pakistan captain Babar Azam for 5 runs in Pramod Madushan bowling.

Wanindu Hasaranga and Chamika Karunaratne again broke the Pakistan middle order batting and after that created a lot of problems for the Pakistan team.

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Pakistan were bowled out for 147 runs in the full 20 overs, with Mohammad Rizwan top-scoring for the team with a 49-ball 55.

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