New Delhi, Jnn. The Sri Lankan team showed the world an example of the power of unity in Dubai on Sunday. The team which was not considered worthy of reaching the Super-4, leave it as the contender for the Asia Cup, that team became the champion of Asia. This team also proved that you don’t need big players but trust and solidarity in each other to win a title.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s bat was calm in this tournament, but playing a useful unbeaten half-century in the final match gave his team Sri Lanka the winning trophy of the Asia Cup T20. Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 23 runs in the final match. Sri Lanka’s score was at one time 58 for five and it seemed that the Sri Lankan team would be reduced to a small score, but with the help of Rajapaksa’s innings, they gave Pakistan a strong target of 171 runs. Rajapaksa played an unbeaten 71 off 45 balls and hit six fours and three sixes. He was well supported by all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga who scored 36 runs in 21 balls. He hit five fours and a six.
Both shared 58 runs in 36 balls for the sixth wicket. With the help of both of them, the Sri Lankan team managed to score 170 runs for six wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Apart from Hasranga, Rajapaksa also shared a 31-ball 54-run partnership with Chamika Karunaratne (14 not out) for the seventh wicket. In reply, the Pakistani team also had a poor start and the team was reduced to 147 runs in 20 overs. Mohammad Rizwan (55) scored the most runs for Pakistan and apart from him, Iftikar Ahmed (32) was able to sustain to some extent. Both shared 71 runs in 59 balls for the third wicket.
When both of them were batting, the Pakistani team remained in the match, but after the break of this partnership, the Sri Lankan bowlers did not give Pakistan a chance to return. Pramod Madushan (4/34) and Vanandu Hasaranga (3/27) bowled well for Sri Lanka. Chasing the target, Pakistan got some runs for free in the beginning itself. Sri Lanka’s left-arm fast bowler Dilshan Madushan bowled four balls wide and one ball no ball in the first five balls.
A chance to celebrate given to the country: Sri Lanka, which has been reeling from social and economic crises and the worst democratic turmoil in its history, has been given a chance by its players to celebrate. Sri Lanka is the host of the Asia Cup in a way, but due to security reasons, it could not organize it in its home country and hence the United Arab Emirates got the opportunity to organize this tournament. It would have been a happy moment for the Dasun Shanaka-led side playing the final at their home ground.
Lost the first match then won: Sri Lankan team had lost its first match in this tournament. The team was defeated by Afghanistan. From that match, everyone started saying that as bad conditions are in the country of Sri Lanka, so are it in its game. But the team won five consecutive matches after that and told that we are also not less and the team which took them lightly in the tournament, it was overshadowed by them. Officials of the Sri Lankan Cricket Board also praised their team saying that it is wonderful to be the Asia Cup champion after losing to Afghanistan in the first match. hats off to you.
Sri Lankan cricket came alive: Before the final match, Sri Lanka had defeated Pakistan in Super-4. From that match, Sri Lanka was considered as a contender to win the final. Because from the batting of the Sri Lankan team to the bowling, there was nowhere for the Pakistani team. Now with this victory, Sri Lanka made their cricket alive. Now this team will go into the upcoming T20 World Cup with great confidence.
The situation did not get heavy: The star-studded Indian team was the title contender and this team disappointed everyone the most. But the teams of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan won everyone’s heart with their performance in the tournament as the situation in their country is not going right these days. Pakistan is being ruined by floods, while the turmoil in Sri Lanka affected everyone. Afghanistan is also grappling with economic and social crisis. In such a situation, the performance of all three countries is worthy of praise.
Unity of Sri Lankan players: Being with each other for the last 18 months has been a source of happiness for the Sri Lankan team. Sri Lankan player Wanindu Hasaranga and captain Dasun Shanaka spoke to reporters on Friday night. Shanaka was not able to speak in English properly and Hasranga was also having trouble. This press conference lasted for 11 minutes and during this both of them kept telling each other suitable words to make their point. These are the players of the Sri Lankan team who have been helping each other on and off the field. This team respects its captain. Rajapaksa also said that in the midst of bad conditions, we can give happiness to our fans by winning the tournament.
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