When Pakistan played Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final, it’s simple to state that Shadab Khan of Pakistan produced one of his poorest performances in a cricket match. The all-rounder slipped while trying to stop an overthrow in the fifth over of Sri Lanka’s innings, and the ball hit his head. He had to leave the field but came back immediately to complete his four overs with outstanding statistics of 1 for 28. However, his day became worse and worse as Sri Lanka’s innings went on. He dropped Bhanuka Rajapaksa after the left-hander reached 46 in the 17th over and was bowled by Haris Rauf. Despite the difficulty of the situation, Shadab, one of the more capable fielders for the Pakistani squad, positioned himself underneath the skier before losing the ball. The ball also flew for a six in the next over as Shadab and Asif Ali fought to capture Rajapaka’s catch.

Rajapaksa’s unbeaten 71 off 45 balls helped Sri Lanka rise from 58 for 5 at one stage to a challenging 170 for 6 at the end of their 20 overs. The Sri Lankan spinners, led by Pramod Madushan (4/34) and Wanindi Hasaranga (3/27), made life exceedingly difficult for the Pakistan middle and lower order after a calm start from the top order. Babar Azam’s squad could only score 147 runs in their 20 overs, and Sri Lanka won the match by 23 runs to claim their sixth Asia Cup title.

Shadab Khan tweeted on Twitter after the game to take “all responsibility” for “letting his team down” by failing to make Rajapaksa’s crucial catches. The bowling attack as a whole was great, as were @iNaseemShah, @HarisRauf14, and @mnawaz94. @iMRizwanPak fought courageously. Everyone on the squad gave it their best. Best wishes to Sri Lanka, he said. “Catching wins games. I’m sorry for the defeat, and I take responsibility. I failed my group.