Asia Cup 2023 Final: In a thrilling showdown at the Asia Cup 2023 final, it was the Rohit Sharma-led Team India that emerged victorious against Sri Lanka, securing the coveted Asia Cup trophy. The clash was delayed due to rain, but little did anyone know that the true tempest would come from the Indian side. Mohammed Siraj, the storm-bringer, wreaked havoc among the Sri Lankan batters, claiming an astounding 6 wickets in just 7 overs. Hardik Pandya also played a crucial role, taking 3 vital wickets. Sri Lanka found themselves all out for a mere 50 runs.
Sri Lanka had earned their spot in the final by narrowly defeating Pakistan with just two wickets to spare during the Super Four stage, setting the stage for this highly anticipated showdown against India. In this Sunday's final, Sri Lanka aimed to match India's remarkable record of seven Asia Cup victories, marking their second consecutive final appearance and their 11th overall.
India and Sri Lanka hold the record for the most One Day International (ODI) encounters between any two teams, engaging in fierce battles across 166 matches. Out of these clashes, India has emerged victorious in 97, while Sri Lanka has claimed 57 wins. Additionally, 11 matches ended with "no result," and one concluded in a tie.
The R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo is renowned for its batsman-friendly pitches, typically favoring teams setting a target rather than those chasing. As the game unfolds, it often provides assistance to spinners. However, the recurring concern remains rain, which has disrupted several matches in this year's tournament.
Key Highlights of the Asia Cup 2023 Final:
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first.
The match's commencement was delayed by 40 minutes due to adverse weather conditions.
Jasprit Bumrah delivered a crucial blow, securing a wicket with just the third ball of the match.
Mohammed Siraj stole the spotlight, making a significant impact with four wickets in his second over, leaving Sri Lanka in a precarious position.
Mohammed Siraj's brilliance shone as he achieved a remarkable six-wicket haul in a mere seven overs.
In the 13th over, Hardik Pandya claimed yet another wicket, reducing Sri Lanka to their final two batsmen with 40 overs left to play. He was the one to clinch the final wicket as well.
Sri Lanka endured a catastrophic collapse, managing to score just 50 runs in 15.2 overs.
India's opening pair of Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill orchestrated a stunning chase, effortlessly reaching the target with a remarkable 263 balls to spare, setting a new record.