Complete statistical highlights of Sri Lanka’s victory at the 2022 Asia Cup
In the final Super 4 match of the Asia Cup, Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by five wickets, in large part because of an unbeaten half-century from opener Pathum Nissanka. In the final Super 4 match of the Asia Cup, Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by five wickets, in large part because of an unbeaten half-century from opener Pathum Nissanka.
Sri Lanka was reduced to 29/3 in five overs chasing a paltry 122 in the dress rehearsal for Sunday’s summit clash, but the 24-year-old Nissanka held the innings together with his unbeaten 55 off 48 balls. Wanindu Hasaranga, a mystery spinner, led Sri Lanka’s brilliant bowling effort with a three-wicket haul as Pakistan was bowled out for 121 in 19.1 overs.
Pakistan (Playing 11): Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir.
Sri Lanka (Playing 11): Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Pramod Madushan, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka.
since the start of 2021, the win-loss record for teams batting first in men’s T20 Internationals in Dubai. The four teams that successfully defended in Dubai over the past 12 months had a combined total of 170 for 6, with Sri Lanka having the lowest total at 170 for 6.
When batting first and losing their first five wickets inside ten overs, Sri Lanka has won men’s T20I matches in the past. Prior to the 2022 Asia Cup final, Sri Lanka only ever won a T20I when batting first or second, despite losing half their team in less than 8.5 overs (as they did on Sunday), when they lost their top five in just 4.3 overs against Australia in 2017.
Prior to this Asia Cup, Sri Lanka had last won five straight men’s T20 Internationals in the 2013–14 season. Before losing to England in the group stage of the 2014 T20 World Cup, they won five straight T20 International matches.
“Kushal set the tone for us at the top. There was confidence that the team had talent. We just needed a method. We worked hard and the results are showing. It was one of the reasons why we could set and defend. Dilshan, the left arm, the young seam attack, that was superb. It was a team effort.”
– Chris Silverwood | SRI LANKA COACH
Only three teams—out of the 13 finals featuring two Full-Member teams—have triumphed in a men’s T20I final while defending a total. Sri Lanka is one of those teams. In the 2007 T20 World Cup final, India defeated Pakistan by five runs, while West Indies defeated Sri Lanka by 36 runs in the 2012 T20 World Cup Finale.
With Dasun Shanaka serving as captain, Sri Lanka has won three straight T20I matches against Pakistan. They also won the 2019 series 3-0 under Shanaka’s direction. Only five T20I victories against Pakistan in 18 matches existed for Sri Lanka prior to this winning streak.
In these five victories, Sri Lanka has bowled Pakistan out four times, compared to just twice in the previous 18 games.
After losing their fifth wicket, Sri Lanka formed fifty-plus partnerships in the championship game. Only three men’s T20I matches have featured two fifty-plus stands for the final five wickets. In 2015, Pakistan did it against Sri Lanka, and earlier this year, Norway did it against Switzerland.
The highest individual score while batting at No. 5 or lower in a men’s T20I knockout game is Chanuka Rajapaksa’s unbeaten innings of 71. The previous record was set by Tamoor Sajjad of Qatar, who scored 68 runs while batting at position six against Saudi Arabia in the 2019 Western Region T20 final.
Players in a men’s T20I knockout between two Full-Member nations with 30 or more runs and three or more wickets. Prior to Wanindu Hasaranga, only Carlos Brathwaite had accomplished this double in this game. In the 2016 T20 World Cup final against England, Brathwaite scored 34 and claimed three wickets.
I think if any team thinks about the toss, then they are not a champion team. Sri Lanka was that today, they didn’t think of toss. And then they hurt us for our mistakes. We are human. We also played well through the tournament, but we lost momentum in the first innings. In T20 cricket, whichever team has better momentum at the change of innings has the advantage.”
– said Mohammad Rizwan | PAKISTAN
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