After a brilliant performance by the bowlers, Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by five wickets in the sixth match of the Asia Cup Super-4 on the basis of Pathum Nisanka’s half-century. In the match played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sri Lanka chased down the target of 122 runs set by Pakistan and scored 123 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 17 overs.
Pakistan scored 121 runs in 19.1 overs
Earlier, after losing the toss against Sri Lanka, the Pakistan team scored 121 runs in 19.1 overs. Captain Babar Azam scored the highest 30 runs. In this match continuing at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga took the maximum 3 wickets and did not allow the Pakistan batsmen to last. However, this match is a dress rehearsal of the final as both the teams will play in the title match on Sunday.
Hasranga took 3 wickets
Hasranga took three wickets for 21 runs. Off-spinners Mahish Teekshan (2 wickets for 21 runs) and Dhananjay de Silva (18 runs one wicket) and making their debuts. Fast bowler Pramod Madusan (two wickets for 21 runs) played him well, as Pakistan’s team was reduced to 19.1 overs. Pakistan’s batsmen had to struggle to score runs after the power play.
Babar Azam played an innings of 30 runs
For Pakistan, only captain Babar Azam (30) and Mohammad Nawaz (26) could cross the 20-run mark. Coming to bat after losing the toss, Pakistan lost the wicket of in-form Mohammad Rizwan in the fourth over, who after scoring 14 runs in 14 balls, was caught by wicketkeeper Kusal Mendis off Madusan. Opener Azam looked in rhythm. He opened the account with a four off Dilshan Madushanka and then hit a four on Madusan as well. Pakistan scored 49 runs for one wicket in the power play.
Sri Lankan bowlers bowled tight
After this, the Sri Lankan bowlers put pressure on the Pakistani batsmen by bowling tight. Its effect was visible on Pakistan’s batting and Fakhar Zaman, after scoring only 13 runs in 18 balls in the 10th over, was caught by Chamika Karunaratne’s ball to Hasranga. In the next over, Hasranga bowled Azam to make Pakistan 68 for three. Dhananjay then ended the innings of Khushdil Shah (04) while Hasaranga broke the backbone of Pakistan’s middle order by bowling Iftikhar Ahmed (13) and Asif Ali (00) in successive deliveries.
Teeksha caught Hasan Ali (00) at the hands of Hasranga and made Pakistan 95 for seven. Nawaz hit a six on Teekshana but this off-spinner got Usman Qadir (03) caught by Pathum Nisanka. Nawaz hit his second six on Madushanka but was run out trying to take two runs off the next ball. He hit two sixes and a four while facing 18 balls. Madusan ended Pakistan’s innings by dismissing Haris Rauf on the first ball of the last over.
Caught in the hands of Nawaz hit his second six on Madushanka but was run out trying to take two runs off the next ball. He hit two sixes and a four while facing 18 balls. Madusan ended Pakistan’s innings by dismissing Haris Rauf on the first ball of the last over.