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Asia world cup 2022: Sri Lanka became the new champion of Asia, win title 6th time after 8 years; Beat Pakistan by 23 runs

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan: Sri Lanka script history, beat Pakistan to win sixth title. In the final match, Sri Lanka scored 170 runs in 20 overs after playing first. In reply, Pakistan's team could only score 147 runs.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 23 runs in the final of the 2022 Asia Cup played in Dubai. In the final match, Sri Lanka scored 170 runs in 20 overs after playing first. In reply, Pakistan’s team could only score 147 runs. Sri Lanka has won the Asia Cup title after eight years. Sri Lanka has won the Asia Cup title for the sixth time.

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Sri Lanka will be extremely ecstatic with their performances. They pulled off a remarkable comeback from a poor position in powerplay while batting, with help of Rajapaksa (71*) and Hasaranga (36) to reach 170/6 in 20 overs. While bowling, it was spells of Wanindu Hasaranga (3/27) and Pramod Madushan (4/34) that helped Lanka seal the victory by 24 runs, despite a threatening stand of 61-runs between Mohammad Rizwan (55) and Iftikhar Ahmed (32).

Earlier, despite the excellent bowling of Pakistan, thanks to Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s half-century innings, Sri Lanka scored 170/6 while batting first in the Asia Cup 2022 final match. Rajapaksa played an unbeaten innings of 71 runs off 45 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes, with the help of which Sri Lanka set a solid target of 171 runs in front of Pakistan.

Chasing 171, Pakistan got some free runs as pacer Dilshan Madushanka gave away nine extras due to wides and no balls. However, the pacer made a comeback, giving only three more runs in his over. Sri Lanka kept Pakistani willows silent for next two overs and struck gold with the wicket of star batter Babar Azam for 5. Pramod Madushan took his wicket after the batter was caught by Madhushanka at short fine leg, with the latter making up for his expensive first over. Pakistan was 1/22. Madushan dismissed left-hander Fakhar Zaman for a golden duck, taking two wickets in two balls. After a terrible first over, Sri Lanka were favourites again, having reduced Pakistan to 2/22.

Sri Lanka won tournaments in 1986, 1997, 2004, 2008 and 2014. They are the second-most successful team in tournament history after India, which has won seven titles. Pakistan has won the title twice – in 2000 and 2012. Sri Lanka started their Asia Cup 2022 campaign on a poor note with a loss to Afghanistan by eight wickets. But they bounced back in their next Group game, defeating Bangladesh by two wickets in a thriller, qualifying for the Super Four phase of the tournament. Sri Lanka have outdone the competition in tight matches, defeating Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.
They finished the Super Four phase at the top of the table with three wins in three games.

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