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Sri Lanka’s team has become the Asia Cup champion for the sixth time. In the final, Sri Lankan team defeated Pakistan by 23 runs. Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and decided to bowl first. Batting first, Sri Lanka scored 170 runs for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs. Bhanuka Rajapaksa played an unbeaten innings of 71 runs. In reply, Pakistan’s team was all out for 147 runs in 20 overs. For Pakistan, Mohammad Rizwan scored 55 runs in 49 balls. Pramod Madushan and Wanindu Hasaranga were the heroes of victory for Sri Lanka. Madushan took three and Hasaranga took three wickets in the same over. Sri Lanka first won the Asia Cup title in 1986. After this, the team has won the title in 1997, 2004, 2008, 2014 and now in 2022. India has won this title the maximum number of times. Sri Lanka are now just one title away from them. This is the first time since April 2014 that Sri Lanka has won five consecutive T20Is. Earlier, the team had won five consecutive T20 matches in the T20 World Cup played in Bangladesh in 2014. Batting first after losing the toss, Sri Lanka scored 170 runs for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs. Bhanuka Rajapaksa played a stormy innings. Sri Lanka at one point lost five wickets for 58 runs. Pathum Nisanka (8), Kusal Mendis (0), Dhananjay de Silva (28), Danushka Gunathilaka (1), Dasun Shanaka (2) were dismissed early. Rajapaksa then put on a 58-run partnership of 36 balls for the sixth wicket with Hasaranga. Hasaranga hit five fours and a six in his innings of 36 runs off 21 balls. He was caught by Haris Rauf. Rajapaksa hit his third half-century of T20 International career in 35 balls. He played an unbeaten partnership of 54 runs in 31 balls with Chamika Karunaratne for the seventh wicket. For the first time in T20 Internationals, a team has shared 50+ runs for the 6th and 7th wickets.

Rajapaksa hit six fours and three sixes in his innings of 71. His strike rate was 157.78. Haris Rauf took the highest three wickets for Pakistan. At the same time, Naseem Shah, Shadab Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed got one wicket each. Chasing the target of 171 runs, the Pakistan team started poorly. The team got two blows in the fourth over. Pramod Madushan sent captain Babar Azam (5) in his very first over and Fakhar Zaman (0) off the next ball. After this, Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed shared a 71-run partnership for the third wicket. Iftikhar Ahmed was made his third victim by Madushan. He could score 32 runs in 31 balls. After this, even Mohammad Nawaz could not do anything special. Nawaz could score six runs in nine balls. He was dismissed by Chamika Karunaratne. Meanwhile, Rizwan scored his 16th fifty of T20 International career. After this, Hasaranga came to bowl the 17th over and he completely turned the match in Sri Lanka’s favour. On the first ball of the 17th over, Hasranga got Rizwan caught by Gunatilaka. After this, Asif Ali was clean bowled on the third ball. On the fifth ball, Hasranga got Khushdil Shah caught by Teeksha. After this the Pakistan team could not make a comeback. In the end, the Sri Lankan bowlers sent Shadab Khan (8), Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah to the pavilion to bundle Pakistan’s innings for 147 runs. Madushan took four and Hasranga took three wickets for Sri Lanka. At the same time, Karunaratne got two wickets. Tekshna took a wicket.

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Sri Lanka’s team has become the Asia Cup champion for the sixth time. In the final, Sri Lankan team defeated Pakistan by 23 runs. Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and decided to bowl first. Batting first, Sri Lanka scored 170 runs for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs. Bhanuka Rajapaksa played an unbeaten innings of 71 runs.

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