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India Dominates Sri Lanka to Win Asia Cup 2023 Final

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India Dominates Sri Lanka to Win Asia Cup 2023 Final

In the grand finale of the Asia Cup 2023, India showcased its cricket prowess by defeating Sri Lanka in a one-sided match, securing their eighth Asia Cup title. This victory marked India’s return to the winner’s circle after their last triumph in 2018. The final, which took place in Colombo, witnessed a remarkable performance by Mohammed Siraj, who dismantled Sri Lanka’s batting lineup, helping India achieve a historic win.

Mohammed Siraj Spell, Asia Cup Final

Mohammed Siraj bowled an extraordinary spell, taking six wickets for just 21 runs off 7 overs. In a span of six balls, he sent four Sri Lankan batsmen, Pathum Nissanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, and Dhananjaya de Silva, back to the pavilion. In the very next over, he dismissed Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka, becoming the joint-fastest bowler to achieve a five-wicket haul in one-day internationals in just 2.4 overs.

Siraj’s performance ranks as the fourth-best ODI figures by an Indian bowler, following Stuart Binny (6 for 4), Anil Kumble (6 for 12), and Jasprit Bumrah (6 for 19). Sri Lanka’s 50 all-out score stands as their second-lowest total in ODIs and the lowest ever recorded against India in one-day internationals.

Sri Lanka’s Journey in the Asia Cup

Despite entering the Asia Cup as the World Cup Qualifiers’ champions in Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka had a commendable run in the tournament. In the Super 4 stage, they narrowly lost to India but pulled off a surprising victory against Pakistan in a rain-affected match, securing their spot in the final. However, in the final match, Sri Lanka’s batsmen struggled and paid the price for questionable shot selection against India’s formidable pace attack.

India Dominant Chase, Asia Cup Final

Sri Lanka setting a target of 51 runs, India’s victory was almost a foregone conclusion. They reached the target in just 6.1 overs, securing the title with 263 balls to spare and all 10 wickets intact. This remarkable victory marked India’s most significant winning margin in terms of balls remaining, surpassing their previous record set against Kenya in 2001.

India’s dominant victory in the Asia Cup 2023 final against Sri Lanka showcased their cricketing excellence. Mohammed Siraj’s exceptional bowling performance will be remembered as one of the finest displays of fast bowling in the subcontinent. This victory marked India’s eighth Asia Cup title and provided a glimpse of their strength and determination on the cricket field. While Sri Lanka displayed promise throughout the tournament, they were ultimately outclassed by India’s superior performance in the final match. Cricket enthusiasts around the world celebrated this memorable win as India lifted the Asia Cup after a five-year gap.

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