Sri Lanka beat Pakistan to clinch Asia Cup title for 6th time 

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan to clinch Asia Cup title for 6th time 

Dubai (Web Desk): Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 23 runs in the final match at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday to clinch Asia Cup title for the sixth time.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa with 71 runs and Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva with 36 runs remained the main scorers from Sri Lankan side. A 58-run partnership between Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva and Bhanuka Rajapaksa provided a perfect launch pad for Sri Lanka to set a competitive target.

From Pakistan, Haris Rauf took three wickets, while Naseem Shah, Shadab Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed took one wicket each.

In reply, Pakistan were all out on 147 runs in twenty overs.

Mohammad Rizwan with 55 runs and Iftikhar Ahmed with 32 runs remained top scorers for Pakistan. From Sri Lanka, Pramod Madushan took four, Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva grabbed three, while Chamika Karunaratne clinched two wickets.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka was declared player of the match, while Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva won Player of the Series Title.

Meanwhile, Pakistani wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan has surpassed India's Virat Kohli to become the highest run-scorer in T20 Asia Cup 2022. Mohammad Rizwan scored 281 runs during the two-week-long tournament to accomplish the feat.

Squads:

Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan (vc), Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain.

Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Pramod Madushan, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka.