- Pakistan’s team could not achieve the target of 171 runs to win in the final
- The whole team was bundled out for 147 runs in 20 overs, the dream of winning the Asia Cup broken for the third time
- After Sri Lanka’s 5 for 58, Pakistan lost runs, Sri Lanka made a score of 170 runs for 6 wickets
Dubai: Pakistan captain Babar Azam’s dream of winning the Asia Cup 2022 title was shattered by the youth team led by Dasun Shanaka in Dubai on Sunday. The Sri Lankan team, riding on the victory chariot, won the title by securing their fifth consecutive victory in the tournament.
To win in front of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, batting first after losing the toss, scored 170 runs for 6 wickets in 20 overs. At one point Sri Lanka lost five wickets for 58 runs under the domination of Pakistani bowlers but after that Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Vanindu Hasaranga put up a brilliant partnership for the sixth wicket to get the team out of trouble. After achieving the winning target of 171 runs for victory, the Pakistani team was bundled out for 147 runs in 20 overs and lost the title.
After the loss in the final, Babar congratulated Sri Lanka for the victory and said, “I would like to congratulate Sri Lanka for the victory.” The kind of cricket he played was amazing. We dominated in the first 8 overs. But the partnership between Rajapaksa and Vanindu Hasaranga after that was fantastic.
Did not perform well as a batting unit
Talking about the pitch, he said, “The pitch was good, the kind of wicket that happens in Dubai. It’s fun whenever we play here. But today we didn’t do well as a batting unit which we expected. I think we could not finish the match the way we started. We gave 15-20 runs more during the bowling. When you come to the finals, you have very little room to make mistakes. Our fielding was not good. Our middle order didn’t finish the way it needed to.
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Naseem Shah’s performance was the most positive aspect
Talking about the performance of the players in the Asia Cup and the positive aspects in terms of preparations for the World Cup, Babar said, “We have a lot of positive aspects. Individual players did well. Rizwan, Shadab, Nawaz and Naseem Shah performed well. The way Naseem Shah expressed himself while playing his first tournament was brilliant.
The more you learn from mistakes, the better
Talking about the flaws in batting, Babar said, “It is part of the game, ups and downs go on, but the more we learn from these things and reduce mistakes, the better it will be for the team.”
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