Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanka on Sunday, September 11 mentioned the islanders believed they might go on to win the Asia Cup 2022 ultimate regardless of dropping the toss and having been despatched into bat in Dubai, a venue that has proved to be a nightmare for groups defending totals.
Dasun Shanaka mentioned he had saved in thoughts what Chennai Tremendous Kings did within the Indian Premier League 2021 ultimate after dropping the toss and batting first in opposition to Kolkata Knight Riders on the identical venue.
CSK had efficiently defended 192-run complete to win the ultimate in opposition to KKR by 27 runs however Sri Lanka had solely 170 to work with within the Asia Cup ultimate on Sunday in opposition to Pakistan.
Notably, solely Hong Kong and Afghanistan had misplaced whereas batting second in Dubai within the Asia Cup till Sunday. Nevertheless, Sri Lanka efficiently defended 170 after effective bowling and fielding performances.
Sri Lanka bowled Pakistan out for 147 with Pramod Madushan taking 4 wickets and Wanindu Hasaranga choosing up 3 essential wickets within the middle-overs.
Sri Lanka have been reeling at 58 for five after a fiery spell of new-ball bowling from Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah. Nevertheless, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (71 not out off 45) and Wanindu Hasaranga (36 off 21) helped Sri Lanka submit a aggressive complete. Dhananjaya de Silva chipped in with a 21-ball 28 after coming into bat at No. 3.
“ If I am going again to IPL 2021, it was Chennai who received the ultimate after batting first. These children know situations and conditions very well. After dropping 5 wickets, Hasaranga-Rajapaksa made a distinction. Up entrance, Chamika and DDS batted very well too,” Shanks mentioned.
SHANAKA THANKS FANS
Shanaka was vastly appreciative of the help from the followers on the Dubai Worldwide Stadium. The all-rounder, who impressed Sri Lanka’s gorgeous comeback after they misplaced their opener to Afghanistan in a humbling method, mentioned it was the cheering from the followers that gave them the additional vitality within the huge ultimate.
Sri Lanka, who have been written off after the defeat to Afghanistan, have produced one of many greatest cricketing highs within the nation’s current previous.
The Asia Cup crown has returned to Sri Lanka at a time when the island nation goes via one in every of its worst financial crises.
“I have to thank the gang, they have been supporting us massively. And in addition to the followers at dwelling, hope we made them proud,” he added.
Sri Lanka, who received the Asia Cup crown for the primary time since 2014, should not but assured of a spot within the T20 World Cup Tremendous 12 as they must play Spherical 1 (qualifying spherical) after having failed to realize an automated qualification.
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