Sri Lankan batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa got the team back in the match by playing a blistering half-century in the final of the Asia Cup against Pakistan.
Bhanuka Rajapakse  |  Photo Credits: AP
- Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored his third half-century of international T20 career
- Unbeaten innings of 71 runs in 45 balls played in difficult times in the final
- Fifty-century partnerships for the sixth and seventh wickets lifted the team from the 5-wicket haul for 58 runs.
Dubai: In the final match of the Asia Cup 2022 against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, batting first after losing the toss, scored a mammoth score of 170 runs for 6 wickets. After a poor start, Sri Lanka lost 5 wickets for 58 runs in 8.5 overs. But after that Sri Lanka came back with a bang, losing only 1 wicket in the next 11 overs and scoring 112 runs.
Rajapaksa played an innings of 71 runs in 45 balls
Bhanuka Rajapaksa played the most important role in taking Sri Lanka to a competitive score in the final match. Bhanuka played an unbeaten innings of 71 runs in 45 balls. During this he hit 6 fours and 3 sixes. His strike rate during batting was 157.77. Batting on the fifth position, Bhanuka started his batting in a strict style. He shared a 36-ball 58 with Vanindu Hasaranga for the sixth wicket and finally reached the 170-run stand with an unbeaten 54* off 31 balls.
Best performance was saved for the final
Till now Rajapaksa’s performance in the Asia Cup was average but he scored 38, 2, 31, 25*, 24 runs in four matches of the league and Super Four rounds. But he saved his best performance for the final. He got two lives in the final match but he took advantage of that with his blazing batting and won the hearts of the fans by saving the team hard by hitting sixes of the opposition bowlers.
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