Sixth Asia Cup appeared as a silver lining amidst dark clouds for Sri Lanka
Victory for Sri Lanka was discerned. A victory for Sri Lanka against Pakistan was ensured pretty much before it hit the taking away of the sixth Asia cup. But Sri Lanka waited until everything was over to celebrate the joy of winning the match.
The victory could be discerned after the second ball of the last over, much more accurately when the fall of Mohammad Rizwan surfaced on the ground.
Silver Lining amidst dark cloud for Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan players sent a wave of joy and happiness across the country amidst a prevailing melancholic state in their country. More than half a dozen of players ran here and there with their flags in their hands and waving them out of joy.
The margin of 23 runs by which Sri Lanka won against Pakistan to lift the Asia cup was a real joy for the country which has witnessed disturbances and forlorn stories in the recent past.
Sri Lanka had been waiting finger crossed with the match pacing ahead inch by inch to see and listen to something from somewhere which could be an add-on to positivity and happiness amidst much suffering for a very long time and was ultimately materialized by their cricket team after a grand winning against Pakistan in the sixth Asia Cup.
Celebrating the joy of Victory
The joy on the ground was childish, and mad and uncontrolled emotions spread everywhere in the stadium. The players ran like children – arms stretched wide, congratulating each other and celebrating the ultimate joy which had been like dreams of years come true.
Everybody spilt up and sprinted like flies with joy which was earned not out of only luck but tight performance on the field. The players with a combination of tight end loose performance had ultimately picked up the match to give a winning finish to the match.
It was just some two weeks ago, after their first match against Afghanistan, it was unbelievable for Sri Lanka to have shown an unprecedented performance all through the series. It was an uphill task to stay unbroken and move ahead gradually to notch high-rate success at the end of the series.
It was like the end justified the means for Sri Lankan players. Handing out a win-win thrashing to Pakistan they had passed every hurdle with great mind mapping and willpower.
Many occasion of tough battle
Throughout the match, there had been many instances where nothing could be predicted as moments silently took up and then down when Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmad were retaliating but unfortunately a worst plunged in to give hope for Sri Lanka.
When Babbar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan combined for 22 runs chasing 171 it was a moment when Pramod Madusan, featuring in his second T20 game, extinguished the flame by showing Babar Azam the way to the pavilion followed by Mohammad Rizwan at the other end. With this pressure, Pakistan never recovered and gradually became weaker to give a clear way to Sri Lanka’s win.
This match was of great importance for Sri Lanka as it emerged as a relief against the crisis back home. At 58/5 when Dasun Shanaka went slogging leg-spinner shadab khan in the ninth over, it all seemed that the opportunity was going to them. Later Haris Rauf and Mohammad Hasnain complemented Naseem in bowling at a great pace.
When Naseem’s inswinger knocked over Mendi’s stumps for a duck in the first over, Pakistan looked like pushing the Lankan batting on the backfoot with their pace.
This was such an amazing final Match, no one thought that Sri Lanka Will win, and final they won the Final and created history.
Rajapaksha forsee old cricket team
Rajapaksha had made a statement that the present team of Sri Lanka was playing with the ability and energy to rebuild the brand of cricket that Sri Lanka had played a couple of years ago. And it exactly has been the same as Rajapaksha and Hasaranga started building the innings with much confidence and energy. Rajapaksha kept one end safe with his measured approach, and Hasaranga started using the extra pace of the Pakistan pacers. Hasaranga got captain Babar scratching his head as he started exploiting every gap from mid-off to the third man in his innings which had five boundaries and one six in it.
Rajapaksa, hitting gaps in front of the wicket while batting with Hasaranga started moving around the crease with a steady head targeting all parts of the field. Muscling the ball was not his way. He was timing it like he was batting on a concrete pitch. Shadab khan dropped two skiers at the back of the innings. Sri Lanka had to put the pressure back on Pakistan.