Asia Cup 2023: There will be no great match between India and Pakistan, Sri Lanka made it to the final

Asia Cup 2023 Final, IND vs SL: The Sri Lankan team, which won the title in Asia Cup 2022, has once again made it to the final in the 2023 tournament. Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 2 wickets under the Duckworth-Lewis rule in the last match of Super-4 last Thursday (September 14) and confirmed the place for the title match and the fans who were hopeful about the India-Pakistan final were disappointed. Now the final match of Asia Cup 2023 will be played between India and Sri Lanka on Sunday, September 17. 

There had been matches between India and Pakistan in the tournament and the fans were hoping that through the final, they would get to see the third great match between the two, but Sri Lanka did not allow this to happen. The match played in the group stage between India and Pakistan was canceled due to rain. After this, in the Super-4 clash between the two, India won by a massive 228 runs. 

Sri Lanka reached the final after defeating Pakistan in a thrilling match 

The match played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Super-4 on Thursday was a do or die match. Rain created disruption in the match and due to rain the match was played in 42-42 overs. In the match which started late, Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first and scored 252 runs for 7 wickets on the board in 42 overs. Mohammad Rizwan played an important inning of 86* runs in 73 balls for the team. Apart from this, opener Abdullah Shafiq scored 52 runs. 

Sri Lanka achieved the target by losing 8 wickets 

Sri Lanka, chasing the runs, achieved the target on the last ball after losing 8 wickets. At the beginning of the match it seemed that Sri Lanka would register an easy victory, but gradually Pakistan made a comeback and the match took an exciting turn. Sri Lanka, which was batting well, lost the wicket of Kusal Mendis on the fourth ball of the 30th over at the score of 210 runs. Mendis returned to the pavilion after scoring 91 runs. 

After this, the process of Sri Lankan wickets falling did not stop and wickets kept falling continuously and at one point it seemed that Sri Lanka had lost the match. The defending champions needed 8 runs in the last over and Zaman Khan, who made his ODI debut by taking the over for Pakistan, gave only 2 runs in 4 balls. 

Now Sri Lanka needed 6 runs in 2 balls, meanwhile on the fifth ball of the over, Tezi takes the outside edge of the bat and goes towards the third man and a four is added to the team’s account. After this, the match again comes into the hands of Sri Lanka and Asalanka, who was batting on the last ball, would have easily taken 2 runs and taken the team to the final.   


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