The final of the Asia Cup 2022 was a riveting encounter for cricket fans. Sri Lanka became the champions of the tournament after beating Pakistan by 23 runs in the final. Fans had a great time watching the entire edition of the tournament which treated them with numerous ‘edge-of-the-seat’ thrillers.
The India-Pakistan rivalry was a much-anticipated contest in the competition. After India’s early exit from the tournament, the rivalry couldn’t continue on the field but the fans of the two nations continued to be at loggerheads.
In a video shared on Twitter, India and Pakistan fans are being seen involved in a fun banter at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium during the final. At the start of the video, Pakistan fans are seen rejoicing a ‘six’ from batter Mohammad Rizwan. They began taking on a fan wearing a Sri Lankan jersey after the massive hit by Rizwan.
However, the fan gave an epic reply after the fall of Rizwan’s wicket and took off the Sri Lankan jersey to showcase the Indian jersey he was wearing underneath it. The fan can be seen celebrating the wicket by waving his jersey jubilantly to tease the Pakistan fans.
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Coming back to the match, Sri Lanka were in a spot of bother after being put in to bat by Babar Azam as he won the crucial toss in the final. They were reeling at 58/5 after 8.5 overs as Pakistan smelled their third Asia Cup title victory. However, a heroic knock under pressure by Bhanuka Rajapaksa took his team to a defendable total of 170 at the end of their innings. Rajapaksa remained unbeaten on 71 off 45 balls.
Sri Lanka began their defence in the worst-possible manner as seamer Dilshan Madushanka bowled a no ball, three wides and another wide which went away for four byes, before bowling the first legal ball of the innings. However, Dasun Shanaka’s men recovered from the bizarre start and picked two wickets off consecutive deliveries. A partnership between Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed stabilized the Pakistan innings but they couldn’t keep up with the required run rate.
As a result, they both fell quickly trying to score some big shots and Sri Lanka tightened their grip on the game. Sri Lanka picked up the last wicket on the final ball of the innings and clinched their sixth Asia Cup title.