A brilliant half-century from Bhanuka Rajapaksa and fiery spells from spinner Wanindu Hasaranga and pacer Pramod Madushan helped Sri Lanka lift their sixth Asia Cup title, defeating Pakistan by 23 runs in the final in Dubai on Sunday.
📸 Snapshots from the #AsiaCup victory parade #RoaringForGlory https://t.co/ZGIEov8OxL
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) 1663038186000
Sri Lanka pulled off a remarkable comeback from a poor position in powerplay while batting, with the 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 Sri Lanka seal the victory by 23 runs, despite a threatening stand of 61 runs between Mohammad Rizwan (55) and Iftikhar Ahmed (32).
Taking to their official Twitter handle Sri Lanka Cricket shared photos of the overjoyed players travelling in a double-decker bus, with fans congratulating them.
📸 A grand welcome for the victorious Sri Lanka Team! #AsianChampions More Images: https://t.co/rXjBuTk3Q6… https://t.co/YbIWnRRNdj
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) 1663054602000
The players also engaged with the crowd and expressed gratitude for their overwhelming support throughout the nation’s crisis.