Sri Lanka captain Dhananjaya de Silva has been praised for his captaincy in the Asia Cup final on Tuesday. The skipper’s leadership capabilities were evident in his composed and composed approach to the match. The key reason why Sri Lanka took the title was due to Hasaranga and Rajapaksa. Both openers played an instrumental role in setting up a platform for the lower-order batsmen to score runs.
Hasaranga put up an unbeaten 86 off just 56 balls that fetched Sri Lanka an early lead. He started off slowly but once he found his bearings, he kept going from ball to ball. His patience and temperament paid dividends when it mattered most. His efforts came at a good time for Sri Lanka, who had lost two early wickets after de Silva won the toss and chose to bat first on a slow track.
The Tigers needed someone like Hasarangsa at this moment of crisis, who could keep them afloat as they struggled against spin bowling in their quest for victory. Hasaranga did exactly that by showing impeccable patience, putting up with any amount of pressure while playing calmly and patiently against his own team batting first on a difficult track at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (DICS).
He finished with 166 runs from 146 balls that included six fours and two sixes – all as part of an unbeaten 86-run partnership with skipper de Silva.
Role of Hasaranga in Sri Lanka’s win
Hasaranga’s batting in the final against Pakistan was crucial. A lot of credit has to go to the skipper, who gave a patient start to his team’s innings. Once Hasaranga got going, he helped Sri Lanka accelerate and reach a decent total on the board. His calm nature helped him resist any kind of pressure while batting. Also, His innings in the final was a continuation of his good form from the Asia Cup.
His unbeaten 86 against Pakistan in the semis was a major reason why Sri Lanka progressed to the final. He was the only consistent batsman, who kept the Tigers at the crease. Also, his efforts were crucial in setting up a platform for the lower-order batsmen to score runs, which is why he was adjudged Man of the Match against Pakistan in the final.
Rajapaksa was a standout performer on the final day
Allrounder Aselika Ravindra was also given a chance to showcase his skills in the final. He picked up two wickets, including that of Babar Azam. His control in the off-stump was impressive, which helped him pick up key wickets at crucial junctures in the final. He bowled with the intention of getting the batsman in trouble and it showed in his figures. His effort with the ball was good, but his effort with the bat on the final day was even better.
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The allrounder started off slowly, hitting just one boundary off the first two deliveries that he faced, but he raised his game quickly as he picked a couple of boundaries to get off to a good start. Later in the innings, he showed excellent control while batting, and bowling with the aim of getting the batsman in trouble while trying to break the partnership. However, his efforts came to an end as he was run out while trying to get his team home.
The rest of the performance
The Tigers’ performance after the fall of two early wickets was an example of how to tackle a crisis. Sri Lanka batted sensibly while not getting carry away batting. They used their experience and judgment to stay calm and pick up singles and twos before getting the required platform for their lower-order batsmen to score runs.
In the end, it was Hasaranga’s unbeaten 86 that set up a good platform for the lower order batsmen to score runs. Sri Lanka’s openers picked up a solid partnership before the lower-order batsmen took over and eventually won the title for their team with a six-wicket victory.
How de Silva and Hasaranga set up victory
The skipper was very composed in his approach to the match. He kept the winning run rate going while batting. He also showed patience while keeping the run rate going in the middle overs. And, He did this while keeping his nerves under control and not getting carry away while batting.
He showed good temperament while keeping his wicket intact. His contributions with the bat were very crucial in setting up a strong platform for his lower order batsmen to score runs. Hasaranga’s unbeaten 86 that included six fours and two sixes was a big reason behind Sri Lanka’s success on the final day. The openers’ innings paved the way for them to keep the scoreboard ticking over till the end of the match.
The biggest takeaway from the final
The most important thing from the final was the way Sri Lanka’s openers kept the scoreboard ticking over for a long time on a difficult track. Hasaranga and de Silva kept calm and collect while batting on a slow track, which is the most important thing to be seen from an opener.
Sri Lanka’s openers kept their nerves under control and did not get carry away while batting on a slow track. They showed good temperament and collected their wickets in the right style. This is the biggest takeaway from the final.
Is Sri Lanka’s Asia Cup title just another achievement?
No, it is not just another title. Sri Lanka’s win at the Asia Cup is a major achievement as it is their first title in this tournament. If we take a look at Asia Cup’s history, the only team that has won the title after losing the final is Pakistan in 2016. Pakistan were favorites against Sri Lanka, who had never been to the final of the tournament before, but their lower order bundled the Pakistani top order in their own backyard and gave their team the title.
Sri Lanka’s win at the Asia Cup is a good example for teams to follow. In the final, Sri Lanka’s openers kept the scoreboard ticking over with a patient approach to the match. After that, their lower order batsmen took charge and eventually, won the title for the team with a six-wicket victory.
What next for Sri Lanka?
The Tigers’ title win at the Asia Cup is a great achievement for the team. It is the first title for the team in the tournament after losing the final twice. Sri Lanka’s next assignment is the Deodhar Trophy in India. For the Tigers, the tournament is a great opportunity as they have not won the Deodhar Trophy since 2010. However, it will be a tough task for the Tigers as they will face India twice, which is a tough assignment for any team. Sri Lanka’s campaign in the Deodhar Trophy will also serve as a good preparation for the Asia Cup, which is schedule to hold in UAE from February 18 to March 4 next year.
Sri Lanka’s Asia Cup title win at the DICS was a huge achievement for the team as it is their first title in the tournament after losing the final thrice. Also, Sri Lanka’s openers kept the scoreboard ticking over with a patient approach to the match and after that, their lower-order batsmen took charge and eventually won the title for the team with a six-wicket victory.
Sri Lanka’s win at the Asia Cup is a good example for teams to follow as it shows how a good team can overcome a difficult situation and win a title. And, Sri Lanka’s openers kept their nerves under control and did not get carry away while batting on a slow track. They showed good temperament and collected their wickets in the right style.