Pakistan were bowled out for 147 runs in the final of the Asia Cup after going into bat with a target of 171 runs set by Sri Lanka. As a result, the sixth title of the tournament came home to the Lankans.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and bowled at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday (September 11).
Despite losing 5 wickets for just 58 runs in the first innings, the Lankans scored 170 runs losing 6 wickets with the great batting of Bhanuka Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa's biggest contribution in building this huge mountain range. He hit three sixes and six fours in 45 balls for an unbeaten innings of 71 runs. Wanindu Hasaranga formed a good partnership of 58 runs with him. The Lankan leg spinner scored 36 runs off 21 balls with five fours and a six. Besides, Dhananjaya de Silva scored 28 off 21 balls in the top order for the team which was in a batting disaster.
Pakistan needed to score 171 runs to win the Asia Cup. But they couldn't do that. Chasing the target, Pakistan, who scored 22 runs without a wicket, then lost the wickets of Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman in two consecutive balls for a gap of zero runs. Mohammad Rizwan made a pair of 71 runs off 59 balls by batting in ODI style with Iftekhar Ahmed for the third wicket. After scoring 93 for 2, Pakistan lost by 54 runs and crashed out of the match with the loss of 8 wickets. At the end of the innings, Iftekhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, Nasim Shah and Haris Roufra returned to the dressing room. Due to extreme batting disaster at the end, Pakistan were all out for 147 runs.
Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Babar Azam (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain and Naseem Shah.
Sri Lanka XI:
Pathum Nishanka, Kushal Mendis (wicketkeeper), Danuska Gunathilaka, Vanuka Rajapakse, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Mahish Thikshana, Dilshan Madushank and Pramod Madushan.