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India beats Sri Lanka by 10 Wickets in Colombo to win eighth Asia Cup title

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In Cricket, India demolished hosts Sri Lanka by registering a 10 wicket win in the final to lift the Asia Cup in Colombo this evening. Opting to bat, the hosts were bundled out for a paltry score of 50 runs in just 15.2 overs. India’s Mohammed Siraj brought Sri Lanka down to their knees with a six-wicket haul.

He was followed by Hardik Pandya who took three wickets, along with one wicket by Jasprit Bumrah.

In reply, India achieved the target of 51 runs in just 6.1 overs. Ishan Kishan at 23 and Shubman Gill at 27 remained unbeaten. Mohammed Siraj was declared player of the match and Kuldeep Yadav player of the series.

Mohammed Siraj bowled a spell for the ages as his fiery bowling, which included four wickets in a single over, skittled Sri Lanka out for just 50 in the final of the 2023 Asia Cup in Colombo on Sunday (September 17). India then took only 6.1 overs to reach the target, with openers Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan putting on an unbroken 51-run partnership, as they clinched the Asia Cup for the eighth time.

Siraj’s career-best 6-21 was only the second six-wicket haul in the history of the Asia Cup and the best bowling performance against Sri Lanka, bettering Waqar Younis’s 6-26 in 1990. His terrific bowling set up India’s biggest victory in terms of deliveries remaining, as they sealed the deal with 263 balls to spare.

An implosion from the Sri Lankan top order saw the home team losing six wickets inside the first six overs, with Siraj ripping apart their batting order. He completed a fifer in just 16 deliveries as Sri Lanka were reduced to 12/6 – the joint-lowest score at the fall of the sixth wicket in all ODIs.

Dasun Shanaka’s decision to bat first played into the Indian pacers’ hands as they rattled Sri Lanka with swing and movement. It was Bumrah who bagged the first wicket, getting Kusal Perera to edge to the ‘keeper in the opening over. Two wicketless overs followed before Siraj tore through the cream of Sri Lanka’s batting in the fourth over. Pathum Nissanka punched one to backward point, Sadeera Samarawickrama was trapped lbw, Charith Asalanka chipped a catch to cover while Dhananjaya de Silva was caught-behind as Siraj became the first Indian to pick up four wickets in an over in ODIs.

After a maiden from Bumrah, Siraj struck again, getting Dasun Shanaka bowled for a duck to become the first Indian to bag a fifer inside the first 10 overs of an ODI. Kusal Mendis tried to hold the innings together but in his attempt to execute a drive against Siraj, he became his sixth scalp in the bowler’s sixth over. A well-directed short delivery from Hardik Pandya resulted in Dunith Wellalage getting dismissed for 8, as Sri Lanka slipped to 40/8.

Dushan Hemantha, who replaced the injured Maheesh Theekshana, scored useful runs to avoid the ignominy of the lowest ODI total, helping them to the half-century mark. But Pandya bagged the wickets of Pramod Madushan and Matheesha Pathirana to end the innings in the 16th over as Sri Lanka ended up with the unwanted record of registering the lowest total in the final of an ODI.

The Sri Lankan pacers also found some help from the pitch but they weren’t disciplined enough, allowing Gill and Kishan to help themselves to a flurry of boundaries. They were either too short or bowled too full, as the Indian batters unfurled a series of drives, cuts and pulls to take India closer to the target. Gill finished with six fours while Kishan struck three boundaries and also the winning run.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 50 in 15.2 overs (Kusal Mendis 17, Dushan Hemantha 13*; Mohammed Siraj 6-21, Hardik Pandya 3-3) lost to India 51/0 in 6.1 overs (Shubman Gill 27*, Ishan Kishan 23*) by 10 wickets.

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