Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 23 runs in the final match of the Asia Cup 2022. Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup for the sixth time. The final match may not have been exciting, but there were many ups and downs in both innings.
Mohammad Rizwan admitted that Pakistan made mistakes in the Asia Cup 2022 final against Sri Lanka on Sunday and lost the trophy.
We Made Many Mistakes In This Match: Mohammad Rizwan
Rizwan then admitted that they had made mistakes in the game. He said that the tournament was a wonderful performance. But in the final, Pakistan lost momentum in the first innings.
“We made mistakes, but we are also human,” Rizwan said after the match. “We played well throughout the tournament. Today we lost the momentum in the first innings. In T20 cricket, whichever team has better momentum during the break has the advantage.”
Pakistan’s wicketkeeper said that no team will be champion considering the coin toss. He said that Sri Lanka did not consider the coin toss and at the end of the day emerged as champions.
“I think if any team thinks about toss, then they are not a champion team. Sri Lanka were that today, they didn’t think of toss. And then they hurt us for our mistakes. They deserved to be champions,” he added.
Batting first, the Sri Lankan team did not get off to a good start. Sri Lankan opener Kusal Mendis was bowled out by Pakistan fast bowler Naseem Shah while Pathum Nissanka was dismissed for just 8 runs in Haris Rauf’s bowling.
Sri Lanka was reeling under the pressure of Pakistan’s fast bowlers and the team lost 5 wickets for 58 runs in 8.5 overs. However, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Wanindu Hasaranga made a crucial partnership to save them from collapse.
Pakistan dropped two catches, including Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s catch when he was on 46. Rajapaksa continued his excellent form with a 45-ball 71 to help Sri Lanka reach a challenging score of 170 in 20 overs. Sri Lanka sets a target of 171 runs.
In response, Pakistan never looked in a winning situation. Rizwan was criticized for not being quick enough in the chase. In the end, Pakistan were bowled out for 147 runs by the Sri Lankan bowlers.
At the same time, Pakistan captain Babar Azam was dismissed for just 5 runs. Although Mohammad Rizwan batted well, Pakistan’s batsmen failed in front of the Sri Lankan bowlers. Pakistan lost the final match by 23 runs.