New Delhi. Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan in the 5th match of Super-4 of Asia Cup 2023. In a thrilling match played till the last ball, Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan to book their place in the final. Now on September 17, Sri Lanka will face India in the final of the Asia Cup. Pakistan team’s journey is over here. She is out of the tournament. At one point it looked like Sri Lanka would win this match easily. But Pakistani bowlers made the team sweat.
Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kusal Mendis played a brilliant innings of 91 runs in this match. As soon as he got out, the Sri Lankan team was left reeling. But Charith Aslanka took responsibility to win the match. Sri Lanka needed 8 runs in the last over. The moment was heart-pounding. Pakistan debutant Zaman Khan came to bowl. Pramod Madushan took 1 run on the first ball. Aslanka could not score a run on the second ball. After that Aslanka took 1 run on the third ball. Pramod Madushan was run out while trying to take a single off the fourth ball. Now Sri Lanka needed 6 runs from 2 balls. Aslanka hit a four in the fifth.
After which captain Babar Azam started looking worried. Aslanka scored a brilliant 2 runs off the last ball to win and book a place in the final. Aslanka scored 49 runs in the match against Pakistan. After the win, the ‘Player of the Match’ award was given to Kusal Mendis. The video of Sri Lanka’s victory is also going viral on social media.
One of the craziest finishes in an ODI!
Sri Lanka come out on top of Pakistan and get knocked out of the Asia Cup…!!! pic.twitter.com/QcQTFpeRaM
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 14, 2023
Talking about the match, Pakistan scored 252 runs for 7 wickets on the basis of Mohammad Rizwan’s unbeaten 86 runs while batting first. Apart from Rizwan, Abdullah Shafiq played a half-century innings. Apart from this, Iftikhar Ahmed also scored 47 runs. Iftikhar also took the most wickets from Pakistan. Now on 17th September, India and Sri Lanka will face each other in the final.
First published: September 15, 2023, 09:50 IST