New Delhi180C
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2022 Final Highlights: SL win their 6th title, beat PAK by 23 runs in Dubai

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2022 Final Highlights: Sri Lanka have won their sixth title by beating Pakistan by 23 runs.
Sri Lankan players celebrate with the winners trophy after their win in Asia Cup final against Pakistan
Sri Lankan players celebrate with the winners trophy after their win in Asia Cup final against Pakistan

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2022 Final Highlights: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in a final that ebbed and flowed until the death overs of the latter's innings. Sri Lanka made it difficult for Pakistan to score throughout their 172-run chase and turned the screws in the last four overs. Wanindu Hasaranga, who had earlier scored a 21-ball 36 to bring the Sri Lankan innings back on track with Bhanuka Rajapaksa, took three wickets in the 17th over alone to all but finish off the Pakistani challenge. Earlier, Rajapaksa's unbeaten 45-ball 71, completely turned the tables on Pakistan. Sri Lanka ended up scoring 170/6 despite being 67/5 after the first 10 overs.

Follow all the updates here:
Sep 12, 2022 12:15 AM IST

PAK vs SL, Asia Cup final live: Sri Lanka lift the trophy!

After that conversation with Shastri, Shanaka goes over to collect the trophy. He poses for a photo with it and as soon as his teammates know that the honours have been done, they engulf him. An incredible performance from the Sri Lankans today and throughout this tournament. This is more than just a great preparation for them and this proud cricketing nation. This team has seen some hard, hard times off late and unfortunately, so has the country they represent for myriad reasons in recent months. Cricket is only a sport, and there may be many who wouldn't be able to care about this win at the moment in Sri Lanka even if they wanted to. But there may be others who would take a moment from their hardships to celebrate this win in their own way and it is Shanaka's men who have created that little island of happiness for their people. The likes of Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda De Silva and Lasith Malinga and many more greats have all represented this country and left an inedible mark on this sport. Let's hope for the sake of cricket that a strong Sri Lankan side re-emerges from this win. That's it from us for this tournament, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, there were some extraordinarily close matches across the board over the last two weeks or so. Good night and goodbye!

Sep 12, 2022 12:14 AM IST

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka final live: Dasun Shanaka walks up

Before he lifts that trophy, he has a chat with Ravi Shastri and takes the opportunity to thank the suffering people of his country. "I must thank the crowd, they were supporting us massively. And also to the fans at home, hope we made them proud. (Toss result) If I go back to IPL 2021, it was Chennai who won the final after batting first. These youngsters know conditions and situation really well. After losing five wickets, Hasaranga-Rajapaksa made a difference. Up front, Chamika and DDS batted really well too. (Chat at halfway stage) The last-ball six in the 20th over was the turnaround point. 170 is always a tricky total. (What did you tell bowlers?) It was all about nerves. I knew the youngster can always deliver. He can go wrong at the start but we have given him the trust and belief. (Loss in the first game, today the winners... what was the discussion that day?) It could happen to any good team. It happened to us for a good reason. We had serious discussions after that. We have players with good calibre, and they stood up well. That's where we became champions. (Fielding effort in final) It improved a lot by the time we reached the final. We made mistakes earlier, but final is always the final. We were 100% today, credit to players and coaching staff."

Sep 12, 2022 12:10 AM IST

PAK vs SL Asia Cup 2022 live: Babar Azam speaks

"Want to congratulate Sri Lanka, they played some outstanding cricket. The way we dominated them early, their partnership after that was outstanding. The pitch was good, like the Dubai wicket, always fun to play here. As a batting unit we didn't do according to our potential. (15-20 extra runs conceded?) We didn't finish the way we would've wanted to. But there are lots of positives from the tournament. Our fielding wasn't up to the mark today, and our middle-order couldn't finish well today. But there were lot of individual performances: Rizwan, Shadab, Nawaz and Naseem. The way Naseem expressed himself in his first tournament. (Batting fine tuning?) Part of the game. The more you learn from these ups and downs is good. But you need to reduce your mistakes," Babar says. 

Sep 12, 2022 12:05 AM IST

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka final live: Wanindu Hasaranga is the player of the tournament

He finishes with nine wickets, second highest wicket taker in the tournament behind Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He also scored a total of 66 runs. "When I went to bat, we were 60/5 so we planned that if we can score over 150 that is a good total. And I said that I will play my own role, so that's why I played my normal shots. (What did you think of the pitch?) First few overs, ball was swinging. But when I was batting, wicket was really good. (Bowling performance through the tourney) I love to bowl in subcontinent. I like to bowl on the stumps, I think that helps me successful. I try to bowl without boundaries so that's why I got three wickets in the last over today. (Fielders and catchers helped) Our boys did great job, especially after losing to Afghanistan," says Hasaranga. 

Sep 12, 2022 12:03 AM IST

PAK vs SL Asia Cup 2022 live: Bhanuka Rajapaksa is the player of the match

Hard to argue against that, although Wanindu Hasaranga's innings and three wickets and Pramod Madushan's 4/34 came close. "It was not easy out there. They were bowling well. Wanindu and I had a nice plan. Nature of SL team is to be positive and not have pressure. That helped us score runs. (Did you discuss who will be the aggressor?) When Iftikhar was bowling, Wanindu wanted to attack, but fortunately both of us were getting the runs. (Mind and thought to your game today?) I had to change my game today since Pakistan were top at the moment. Had to spend some time in the crease. (Target in mind?) When Chris came to talk to us at the drinks break, I told him that it looks like a 140 pitch. And eventually we stayed till the end and the eventual target was much different. This is a game of momentum, and we set the momentum in the last over of the first innings," he tells Shastri. 

Sep 12, 2022 12:01 AM IST

Asia Cup 2022 final live: “11 brothers”

That is what Maheesh Theekshana calls this team in his tweet. “No need to have world class players, when you have 11 brothers,” he says. 

Sep 11, 2022 11:58 PM IST

PAK vs SL, Asia Cup final live: Presentation time!

Ravi Shastri's booming voice is back. He reads out the sponsors and names the of the dignitaries present, which includes former India and Pakistan captains Sourav Ganguly and Rameez Raja, both present in their capacity of the positions they hold in the BCCI and PCB respectively. 

Sep 11, 2022 11:54 PM IST

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka final live: Fingers being pointed at Pakistan's top order

Wasim Akram says unequivocally that Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan cannot both be playing as anchors when they open the innings together. 

Sep 11, 2022 11:46 PM IST

PAK vs SL Asia Cup 2022 live: Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara celebrate!

The batting legends have tweeted out their thoughts on this Sri Lankan side. “Good toss to lose boys !! Showed character and passion to play for the country and so proud of each and every one… enjoy the victory as entire country will.. brilliant team effort #AsiaCup2022 ,” said Jayawardene. 

“@OfficialSLC @dasunshanaka1 @BhanukaRajapak3 amazing win and thoroughly deserved. Played like a team of true champions. You have kept inspiring as a side,” said Sangakkara. 

Sep 11, 2022 11:40 PM IST

Asia Cup 2022 final live: Sri Lanka's Asia Cup winning captains

Dasun Shanaka has joined quite an exclusive club today. A club that has Duleep Mendis (1986), Arjuna Ranatunga (1997), Marvan Atapattu (2004), Mahela Jayawardene (2008) and Angelo Mathews (2014). 

Sep 11, 2022 11:37 PM IST

PAK vs SL, Asia Cup final live: Mohammad Rizwan talks

“I think if any team thinks about toss, then they are not a champion team. Sri Lanka were that today, they didn't think of toss. And then they hurt us for our mistakes. They deserved to be champions. (SL 67/5 after ten overs, after that what happened?) We made mistakes. We are human. We also played well through the tournament, but we lost the momentum in the first innings. In T20 cricket, whichever team has better momentum at the change of innings has the advantage.”

Sep 11, 2022 11:36 PM IST

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka final live: Sri Lanka head coach Chris Silverwood

“He (Dhananjaya de Silva) set the tone at the top for us. Great thing is at any given point everybody's put their hands up. Just had to get a method. Had confidence in the talent in the team. Came in with a very young seam attack - seeing them perform has been superb. It's not right to pick one person out - it's been a team effort.”

Sep 11, 2022 11:34 PM IST

PAK vs SL Asia Cup 2022 live: Chamika Karunaratne

"Feel so good. Winning after seven years. One and a half years ago, we were nowhere. Now we are a different team with youngsters. I feel so good. (Losing toss and winning) Coach said, don't worry, whatever happens at the toss we can do it. Show your attitude and play your normal game. We promised to fight and show ourselves. There was lot of hard work. Players pushed their limits. The boys were excellent, even after the first loss. They pushed themselves every time."

Sep 11, 2022 11:30 PM IST

Asia Cup 2022 final live: What a performance from the Sri Lankans

Their best days are often spoken of in the past tense and it looked like Sri Lanka are going to crash out of this tournament as well when they were thrashed by Afghanistan in the first match. They proved everyone wrong and how. Today, Rajapaksa and Hasaranga stepped up with the bat after which Madushan took charge by taking four wickets in his spell. Hasaranga then followed up with the ball with that extraordinary 17th over in which he picked three wickets. And just to drive home how rare it is for Sri Lanka to pull off something like this, they will now have to qualify for the T20 World Cup later this year as they are ranked a lowly 8th in the standings. 

Sep 11, 2022 11:24 PM IST


That's the sixth Asia Cup title in the bag for this extraordinary Sri Lankan side. How they have struggled to live up to the glories of the past in recent years and yet, they have put all that behind them, strung together five consecutive wins and actually gone and taken the title. Don't pinch yourself Sri Lankan fans, this has actually happened. Your team have beaten the likes of India and Pakistan to the Asia Cup title. 

Sep 11, 2022 11:20 PM IST

Asia Cup 2022 final live: SIX! Pakistan need 32 to win off the last over

Pramod Madushan ends his spell with figures of 4/34. Hasnain goes for an almighty mow over midwicket and connects perfectly. 

Sep 11, 2022 11:14 PM IST

PAK vs SL, Asia Cup final live: OUT! Only a matter of time now

The collapse continues. Naseem goes for a big shot over long off. It was a slower delivery and he ends up holing out there. What a moment this is going to be for this team and the country. 

Naseem c Karunaratne b Madushan 4 (2), Pakistan 125/9 in 18.2 overs

Sep 11, 2022 11:11 PM IST

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka final live: OUT! Sri Lanka can't miss anything today

Sri Lanka can smell the trophy now, Shadab Khan falls to Maheesh Theekshana Pakistan 120/8 in 18 overs, they have lost their last 5 wickets for just 18 runs. 

Shadab Khan c Gunathilaka b Theekshana 8 (6), Pakistan 120/8 in 18 overs

Sep 11, 2022 11:06 PM IST

PAK vs SL Asia Cup 2022 live: OUT! Pakistan fall apart!

Hasaranga takes three in the 17th over after scoring a 21-ball 36 while batting. Sixth title loading. Kushdil slogs against the spin, short third man takes it. 

Khushdil Shah c Theekshana b Hasaranga 2 (4), Pakistan 112/7 in16.5 overs

Sep 11, 2022 11:02 PM IST

Asia Cup 2022 final live: OUT! Asif Ali goes for a duck!

Sri Lanka can smell it now. The dangerous Asif Ali, probably the only player who could've pulled off this ridiculous chase, totally deceived by the googly. Hasaranga taking Sri Lanka home now.  

Asif Ali b Hasaranga 0 (1), PAK 111/6, need 60 to win in 21 balls

Sep 11, 2022 11:01 PM IST

PAK vs SL Asia Cup 2022 live: GONE! Rizwan falls!

Game over? Tossed up outside off, Rizwan can't connect the big shot and is caught at midwicket. 

Rizwan c Gunathilaka b Hasaranga 55 (49), Pakistan 110/5 in 16.1 overs, need 61 to win in 23 balls

Sep 11, 2022 10:58 PM IST

Asia Cup 2022 final live: SIX! Half century for Rizwan!

Pakistan need a lot more of that to say the least. He has got to 54 off 47 balls and Pakistan need 62 to win off 25. 

Sep 11, 2022 10:56 PM IST

PAK vs SL Asia Cup 2022 live: GONE!

Wicket no.4 falls, this is Sri Lanka's game to lose now. Ball gets big on Nawaz and he miscues the pull shot, holes out at deep backward square. 

Nawaz c Madushan b Karunaratne 6 (9), Pakistan 102/4 in 15.2 overs, need 69 to win in 28 balls

Sep 11, 2022 10:51 PM IST

PAK vs SL Asia Cup 2022 live: Just 4 runs in the 15th over!

Pakistan need 70 to win off 30 balls. They under the pump now. Time's running out for Rizwan, he has scored just 47 runs in 45 balls, Dhananjaya has Nawaz's number and just doesn't allow him to go big. Sri Lanka are firmly on top here. 

Sep 11, 2022 10:48 PM IST

PAK vs SL Asia Cup 2022 live: Extraordinary fielding from Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan fielders are absolutely flying around. Nawaz smashes Dhananjaya de Silva down the ground over the bowler's head for what looks like a sure-shot four. But then Gunathilaka comes charging in, puts in a full stretch dive and catches the ball before it goes over the boundary. 

Sep 11, 2022 10:45 PM IST

SL vs PAK Live Score, Asia Cup Final: WICKET

In the air... and it's taken in the deep. Iftikhar got the height but not the distance. He cleared the front leg against Madushan to go for a big hit but the fielder at deep backward square got under it and held it safely. Pakistan lose their third wicket.

PAK 93-3

Sep 11, 2022 10:41 PM IST

Asia Cup 2022 Final, Live Score: Pakistan need 80 runs to win

A wicket here will put more pressure on Pakistan. Seems like Iftikhar and Rizwan want to take the game deep instead of tonking some big hits right now. Theekshana concedes just 3 runs from the 13th over. Pakistan need 80 runs from the remaining 7 overs.

PAK 91-2

Sep 11, 2022 10:35 PM IST

Asia Cup 2022 final live: Boundaries galore

11.2: SIX!!! Iftikhar produces a much-needed boundary for Pakistan. Hasaranga bowls it full outside off and Iftikhar swings across the line and sends it into the stands.

11.3: FOUR! Iftikhar taking on the best bowler from Sri Lanka's mix. He picks up Hasaranga's googly to hit it inside-out towards long-on.

PAK 84-2

Sep 11, 2022 10:26 PM IST

Asia Cup 2022 final live: Pakistan 68/2 after 10 overs

Rizwan is on 36 off 34, Iftikhar on 17 off 20. Pakistan need 103 to win from 60 balls, anyone's game at the moment. This game is hanging on a knife's edge. 

Sep 11, 2022 10:18 PM IST

PAK vs SL, Asia Cup final live: 10 runs from the 9th over

Lot of running between the wickets for Rizwan and he looks absolutely famished in the punishing Dubai weather. He is on 33 off 31. 

Sep 11, 2022 10:17 PM IST

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka final live: FOUR! 

Good length from Theekshana outside off, Rizwan hangs back, plays it late and just helps it along its way. 

Sep 11, 2022 10:12 PM IST

PAK vs SL Asia Cup 2022 live: 50 up for Pakistan

Sri Lanka would want to get Rizwan out as quickly as possible now. He hits a four off the first ball of the 8th to reach 24 off as many. Rizwan has been Pakistan's backbone throughout this tournament. 

Sep 11, 2022 10:09 PM IST

Asia Cup 2022 final live: End of powerplay, Pakistan 37/2

This powerplay remains with the bowlers as well, although Sri Lanka have done a better job of restricting Pakistan than the latter did earlier in the match. 

Sep 11, 2022 10:05 PM IST

PAK vs SL, Asia Cup final live: Pakistan 24/2 after 4 overs

No hat-trick for Madushan but that over has turned this powerplay in Sri Lanka's favour. Pakistan were not scoring at a good rate and there was always a danger of this happening. What a game this is. 

Sep 11, 2022 9:54 PM IST

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka final live: BOWLED HIM! MADUSHAN ON A HAT-TRICK!

Drags on to the stumps and Madushan's on a hat-trick. The momentum has shifted here. The shot was simply not on and the Sri Lankans go wild on the field and in the stands. This match continues to shift one way to the other, both these sides just don't seem to know when they are down. 

Fakhar Zaman b Madushan 0 (1), Pakistan 22/2 in 3.3 overs

Sep 11, 2022 9:51 PM IST

PAK vs SL Asia Cup 2022 live: GONE! Babar fails again!

That's the big fish! Babar falls without troubling the scorers once again and that seals the nightmare he has had in the Asia Cup this year. 

Babar Azam c Madushanka b Madushan 5 (6), Pakistan 22/1 in 3.2 overs

Sep 11, 2022 9:43 PM IST

Asia Cup 2022 final live: Pakistan 12/0 after 1 over

Madushanka bowls well after that, giving away just two runs but for once, Pakistan's run rate was 60.0 after that first ball. This is a huge advantage that they have got, can they make use of it?

Sep 11, 2022 9:39 PM IST

PAK vs SL Asia Cup 2022 live: 10 runs off the first ball!

After five illegitimate deliveries, Madushanka finally manages to get it right and Rizwan takes a single. That makes Pakistan's score 10/0 in 0.1 overs. 

Sep 11, 2022 9:36 PM IST

Asia Cup 2022 final live: ANOTHER WIDE! PAKISTAN 9/0 AFTER 0.0 OVERS!

Down the leg side once again and Madushanka has given away nine runs without bowling a single legitimate delivery!

Sep 11, 2022 9:35 PM IST

PAK vs SL Asia Cup 2022 live: Horror start for Sri Lanka, Pakistan get 8 free runs!

Wow, Madushanka bowls another wide one and this time it is too far for the keeper to reach. That's 5 wides added on. 

Sep 11, 2022 9:34 PM IST

Asia Cup 2022 final live: Three extras to start off for Pakistan

Dilshan Madushanka bowling the first over to Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam at the other end. Naseem Shah had started with a wide ball for Pakistan. Madushanka first starts with a no-ball, then bowls a bouncer that is called wide, then strays down the leg side for another wide. 

Sep 11, 2022 9:29 PM IST

PAK vs SL Asia Cup 2022 live: Naseem Shah talks

Sanjay Manjrekar tries talking to him about that peach he bowled to get Kusal Mendis but Naseem is pretty gloomy after that last over. "We should've restricted Sri Lanka to around 120. It was swinging and seaming early on, but the wicket got better as the game progressed," he says. 

Sep 11, 2022 9:19 PM IST

Asia Cup 2022 final live: RAJAPAKSA ENDS IT WITH A SIX! SRI LANKA 170/6 IN 20 OVERS!

Superlatives are not enough to describe this performance from Bhanuka Rajapaksa. Let's start with the numbers, he has scored 71 runs in 45 balls, hitting six fours and three sixes. He has taken Sri Lanka from 58/5 to 170/6. First there was a 58-run stand for the sixth wicket with Wanindu Hasaranga, in which it was the latter that scored more runs. He then put up an unbeaten 54 run stand with Chamika Karunaratne in 31 balls and it was Rajapaksa who scored the majority of the runs in this one. No doubt he was more than lucky off the last ball of the penultimate over, with the fielder dropping a catch and it becoming a six as well. But Rajapaksa held fort when it was needed, something we don't associate with him, and then made his own luck. Sri Lanka will be mighty happy with this, Pakistan will need some real mental booster shots to get this chase going. They were totally dominant in the first 10 overs but the balance shifted completely in Sri Lanka's favour in the next 10. 

Sep 11, 2022 9:18 PM IST


Naseem Shah goes full for the second last ball of the innings, Rajapaksa just ramps it behind for a one-bounce four. 

Sep 11, 2022 9:13 PM IST

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka final live: Shadab getting treatment

Worried silence around the ground. Those replays show just how sickening that blow was for Shadab, his face rippled like that of a boxer who just took a knockout punch. He eventually moves off the field and sits with his head down beyond the boundary. Sri Lanka are 155/6 at the start of the last over. 

Sep 11, 2022 9:11 PM IST

PAK vs SL Asia Cup 2022 live: SIX! One of the most bizarre sixes you will ever see

This almost happened during Pakistan's match against India and it has happened now. Rajapaksa hits the last ball of the 19th over high into the night sky. The ball is in the air for an eternity, Asif Ali has positioned himself underneath it, completely unaware of the fact that Shadab Khan is coming literally flying in. Replays show that the ball slipped out of Asif's hands when Shadab collided with him and went straight over the boundary, which means what could have been a catch has now become a six. Another replay shows that Shadab was in full flight when his head collided sickeningly with Asif. The spinner has taken the worst of it and he is down.

Sep 11, 2022 9:06 PM IST

Asia Cup 2022 final live: Half century for Rajapaksa!

Among the best you will see in this sport. His team was under a pile of pressure when he came in and he has got to the mark in 35 balls.  

Sep 11, 2022 9:00 PM IST

PAK vs SL, Asia Cup final live: SIX! Soaring away!

In the slot on middle stump by Naseem, Chamika Karunaratne smacks it over the bowler's head, over everyone's head, and into the stands straight down the ground. 16 runs from the 17th, Sri Lanka 136/6

Sep 11, 2022 8:59 PM IST

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka final live: SIX! Rajapaksa goes after Naseem Shah!

Naseem bowls it full onto Rajapaksa's pads, the Sri Lankan picks it up expertly to put it beyond third man who is well inside the circle. What an innings this has been from Rajapaksa. He is arguably their biggest star name among batters and he has delivered in the final. 

Sep 11, 2022 8:50 PM IST

PAK vs SL Asia Cup 2022 live: GONE! Rauf delivers!

Overpitches it just outside off, Hasaranga makes room to cut it but he ends up top edging it to the wicketkeeper. It is that man again for Pakistan. 

Hasaranga c Mohammad Rizwan b Haris Rauf 36 (21), Sri Lanka 116/6 in 14.5 overs