May 22, 2024

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Sri Lanka are Asia Cup Champions

After being five down, it wasn’t easy out there, says Rajapaksa on his match-winning knock in Asia Cup final

Sri Lanka are Asia Cup ChampionsDubai: Some scintillating batting from Bhanuka Rajapaksa (71 off 45 balls) followed by a 4-wicket haul by Pramod Madushan and a 3-wicket above by Wanindu Hasaranga assisted Sri Lanka defeat Pakistan by 23 runs to lift their sixth Asia Cup title at Dubai Worldwide Stadium on Sunday.

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Speaking about their gain, Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka claimed, “I need to thank the group, they had been supporting us massively. And also to the supporters at residence, hope we made them very pleased. These youngsters know ailments and situation actually nicely. Soon after losing 5 wickets, Hasaranga-Rajapaksa made a big difference. Up front, Chamika and DDS batted definitely perfectly too. The final-ball 6 in the 20th in excess of was the turnaround level. 170 is constantly a tough total.”

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Chatting about their reduction in the 1st activity, Shanaka reported, ” It could occur to any fantastic workforce. It happened to us for a superior motive. We experienced major discussions following that. We have players with good calibre, and they stood up very well. Which is where we grew to become champions.”

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Congratulating Sri Lanka for their outstanding acquire, Pakistan captain Babar Azam claimed, “The way we dominated them early, their partnership right after that was superb. The pitch was excellent, like the Dubai wicket, normally pleasurable to play in this article. As a batting unit we did not do in accordance to our opportunity. We didn’t end the way we would’ve wanted to. But there are lots of positives from the event. Our fielding wasn’t up to the mark currently, and our center-buy couldn’t finish well currently. But there were being large amount of person performances– Rizwan, Shadab, Nawaz and Naseem.”

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Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who was Participant of the Match for his 45-ball 71, mentioned right after becoming five down, it wasn’t straightforward out there. “They were being bowling nicely. Wanindu and I had a nice plan. Nature of SL staff is to be good and not have force. That served us score runs. When Iftikhar was bowling, Wanindu needed to assault, but fortuitously both of us were getting the operates. I had to adjust my sport now considering the fact that Pakistan were being prime at the second. Had to invest some time at the crease. When Chris arrived to speak to us at the drinks split, I told him that it seems like a 140 pitch. And ultimately we stayed until the stop and the eventual concentrate on was substantially distinctive. This is a match of momentum, and we established the momentum in the previous over of the first innings.”