Dasun Shanaka was adjusted Player of the Match in the 3rd match of the Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 round that was played between India National Cricket Team and Sri Lanka National Cricket Team at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday, September 6.
Losing the toss and batting first, Team India were able to post 173/8 on the board. Skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front and smashed spectacular 72 runs off 41 balls, including 5 fours and 4 sixes.
The middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav, who had a brilliant 97 runs partnership with Rohit, also contributed decent 34 runs. However, other Indian batters failed miserably against the Sri Lankan bowling unit.
Chasing the target, openers Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka provided Sri Lanka with a flying start and they added 97 runs together.
Star leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal bagged 3 good wickets to shift the momentum towards the Indian team, but it was not enough as Dasun Shanaka (33) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (25) played superb innings and chased down the target in the 20th over.
The batting unit won it for us – Dasun Shanaka
During the post-match presentation ceremony, Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka, who won the Player of the Match award for his sensational 33 runs and 2 wickets, said that the team environment set the tone and gave the players confidence. He added that batters won the game for Sri Lanka against India. He said:
“The environment in the team set the tone. It is what gave us confidence. The batting unit won it for us. The bowlers bowled well in patches, Dilshan and Theekshana in particular.”
Dasun Shanaka further said:
“The Indian batsmen came hard, but we did well to keep them to 173. We had a good discussion after the first game. We know what we can do in this tournament. Pathum and Mendis set the tone for us, and then Rajapaksa and I finished it off. Due to the team combination, Chamika bowls four overs for us, and that is why I don’t have to bowl my full quota of overs. I just have to take decisions on the basis of what the team needs.”
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