Sri Lanka enter Asia cup final for the 11th time beating Pakistan in a last ball thriller

Friday, 15 September 2023 - 2:19

Sri Lanka 252 for 8 (Mendis 91, Asalanka 49*, Ifthikar 3-50) beat Pakistan 252 for 7 (Rizwan 86*, Shafique 52, Pathirana 3-65) by two wickets via DLS method

In a thrilling Asia Cup Super 4 match held in Colombo on Thursday, Sri Lanka secured a dramatic two-wicket victory over Pakistan. The match was shortened to 42 overs per side due to rain. Sri Lanka's chase of a revised target of 252 began strongly but faced some setbacks along the way. With it, Sri Lanka made it to their 11th Asia Cup final, where they will face India on Sunday.

Kusal Mendis played a pivotal role in Sri Lanka's pursuit with an impressive knock of 91, while Sadeera Samarawickrama contributed 48 runs. However, the real hero of the day was Charith Asalanka, who remained unbeaten with 49 runs and guided Sri Lanka to victory on the very last ball of the match.

Pakistan's bowling effort saw Iftikhar Ahmed taking three wickets, while Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan claimed two and one wicket, respectively.

With this victory, Sri Lanka has earned a spot in the final match against India, which is scheduled for Sunday. The match promises to be an exciting contest as both teams vie for the coveted Asia Cup title.

Asalanka remained unbeaten on 49 off 47 balls to see home a nervy chase, but it was a win built on Kusal Mendis' 91 from 87 deliveries and Sadeera Samarawickrama's 48 off 51. Pakistan will look back at what might've been, as their injury-hit attack fought tooth and nail, and almost secured an unlikely come-from-behind win.

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