India crowned Asia Cricket Champions - beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets

Sunday, 17 September 2023 - 18:38

India finished the chase in 6.1 overs making it the third-shortest full-length ODI ever.

It lasted all of 129 legal deliveries. India won by 10 wickets.

Sensational seam-bowling performance, and freakishly most good balls took an edge and every edge went to hand. Sri Lanka bowled out for 50 in 15.2 overs. India home in 6.1 overs. Fireworks, hand shakes aqll around.

It was a lovely display of seam bowling from Mohammed Siraj. Just accurate outswinger and accurate outswinger at high pace. A couple of them even seamed in after pitching to get Sadeera Samarawickrama and Kusal Mendis. These were not wobble-seam balls. Siraj said this was the most and most-consistent swing he has drawn so he just kept bowling outswing.

And then things happened. There are many days you can bowl better for no wickets. Today, everything he tried worked for him. There is no need to panic or dissect the techniques of Sri Lanka batters either. They just faced the perfect storm, and it just happened to be in a final.

A final thought to leave you with: full marks to the grounds staff all across Sri Lanka to make this tournament possible, and not just make it possible but also offer such good pitches of great variety that offered something to seamers, spinners and batters equally.

SL head coach Chris Silverwood: "It is below par. The way we got dismissed is very disappointing, think there's a lot of reflection to be done in the dressing. I think today we've come up against a very high class bowling attack, thought Siraj was superb. At the same time I think we made our own life difficult as well. We came in here with some of the younger bowlers, some of whom have shone. In the batting we've seen Sadeera come through, we've seen some good stuff in there. But today it's been disappointing. I'm sure there'll be a lot of questions asked, but best to assess it in the morning when the emotions have calmed down."

Ishan Kishan: "All credit to the bowlers, they bowled incredibly well. They were on point from the very first ball. Especially Siraj who was exceptional. We've played a few matches here and we knew it wasn't easy to bat second, but it's okay to lose tosses and we were ready for any situation. Opening was a nice opportunity to go out and play my shots and rotate the strike. Thanks to the skipper for the opportunity. I was just looking to do what I've been doing in the middle order."

Sri Lanka, hve showed fight throughout this tournament, especially with a lot of their first choice bowlers missing. But the way the batting folded today in a high pressure environment will be something that will need to be addressed as soon as possible.

Revenge is a dish best served cold. The Indian cricket team might be thinking on these lines after they dismissed Sri Lanka for 50 in the Asia Cup 2023 final in Colombo on Sunday. This is the lowest total in an ODI tournament final. Sri Lanka broke the forgettable record held by India for 23 years. India were dismissed for 54 by Sri Lanka in Sharjah in 2000 in the final of the Champions Trophy. This is also the lowest ODI total by any team against India. Till Sunday, Bangladesh's 58 at Mirpur in 2014 was the lowest total against India.

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