Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2022 Final Highlights: Sri Lanka has won their sixth title by beating Pakistan by 23 runs.

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2022 Final Highlights: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in a final that ebbed and flowed until the death overs of the latter’s innings. Sri Lanka made it difficult for Pakistan to score throughout their 172-run chase and turned the screws in the last four overs. Wanindu Hasaranga, who had earlier scored a 21-ball 36 to bring the Sri Lankan innings back on track with Bhanuka Rajapaksa, took three wickets in the 17th over alone to all but finish off the Pakistani challenge. Earlier, Rajapaksa’s unbeaten 45-ball 71, completely turned the tables on Pakistan. Sri Lanka ended up scoring 170/6 despite being 67/5 after the first 10 overs.

Sri Lanka’s Playing XI: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis(w), Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Pramod Madushan, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka

Pakistan’s Playing XI: Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Hasnain

It was a test of temperament for a side that found it difficult to hire a coach. There was a constant change in captaincy. The island nation could not even host the tournament due to the economic crisis and the political turmoil back home. To make matters worse, the team was severely criticized by former captain Arjuna Ranatunga and their MPs after their crushing defeat to Afghanistan in the first match.

However, credit goes to captain Dasun Shanaka and coach Chris Silverwood. Both had a point to prove. If Shanaka was rebuilding a team, Silverwood came to the island nation after being sacked by England following a string of disastrous results. But both turned things around.

Sri Lanka went on a 4-match unbeaten streak to slay two giants India and Pakistan en route final. And the man they discarded for poor fitness was their star with the bat throughout the tournament. Bhanuka Rajapaksa was only given a second chance after his IPL 2022 exploits with Punjab Kings. And the man turned the tide after Pakistan had them by neck in the final at 58/5.

Sent to bat, it was always tricky. Pakistan pacers extracted the early advantage with Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf and  Iftikhar Ahmed sharing the wickets. But then came the fightback.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa, determined to do well, played a match-winning knock of 45-ball 71 hammering 6 fours and 3 sixes. But more importantly, it was his partnerships that changed things for Sri Lanka. First, he added 36-ball 58-run partnership with Wanindu Hasaranga taking the attack to Pakistan. While Hasaranga fell for 21-ball 36, he continued with Chamika Karunaratne. The two added 54 runs off 31 balls, posting up a competitive 170/6 total.