Celebrate Dasun Shanaka’s birthday. Friday night was a double celebration in the Sri Lankan camp. Together with the victory against Pakistan, the players from Sri Lanka celebrated the 31st birthday of their captain Dasun Shanaka. The occasion was also to celebrate Lankas unbeaten run in the Super-4 matches of the Asian Cup. Sri Lanka will again face Pakistan in the 2022 Asian Cup final on Sunday.
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets. Time to celebrate on the pitch for Sri Lanka too. Sri Lanka has become a mass murderer. Dasun Shanaka finished unbeaten in Super 4 with a five-wicket win over Pakistan after beating India.
Patham Nisanka scored an unbeaten 55 runs off 48 balls with which Sri Lanka chased down the target of 122 runs in three overs. But it was Venendu Hasaranga who set the scene with 3/21 and Sri Lanka bowled out Pakistan by just 121 runs.
Sri Lanka are now on a five-match winning streak after a poor opening game against Afghanistan. Dasun Shanaka tied the total score in all five matches. But today’s match is deadlocked as Sri Lanka and Pakistan meet again in the final on Sunday.
Chasing the 122nd goal is not difficult. But Pakistani supporters stress that things are not that simple. Muhammad Hassanein and guard Raouf scored early on the first two shots. Both Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka are looking for ducks. It looked like it was going to be an uphill battle when Haris Rauf stripped Dhananjaya De Silva as Powerplays No. 9.
However Patham Nissanka has confirmed that this is not the case. The Lankan opener scored his second consecutive half-century to stop the Pakistan attack. He made a 39-ball 51 with Banuka Rajapaksa to halt Pakistan’s comeback in the match.
📸 Snapshots from the skipper's birthday celebration 🥳🎉 pic.twitter.com/JsICZmYlHB— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) September 9, 2022
Although Rajapaksa could not put things together as he fell to 24 off 19 balls Nissanka added 33 balls with captain Dasun Shanaka to take Sri Lanka closer to victory. Finally Vanindu Hasaranga scored 10 runs in 3 balls and won man of the match.
Nisanka remained unbeaten on 55 off 48 balls with 5 crawls and a six and will be hoping to repeat his performance in Sundays final. Nissanka said that opening the three folds really helped him to play with a calm mind and stay calm.
Fakhar Zaman fell first on the scoresheet in a tough match against Dhananjaya de Silva Hasringa and Mahesh Theakshana. Zaman tries to cut through Chamika Karunaratne only to find Hasaranga at the boundary line. From 63/2 everything decreased.
Hazaran Babar cleared Azam as the Pakistan skipper slowly scored 30 off 29 balls. then they folded: they slipped. Hazaranga made it 21/3 with Babar Azam taking the wicket of Iftikhar Ahmed and Asif Ali all three clean sheets. Mahesh Dikshana shone with 2/21 as Pakistan went from 63/2 to 121 off 104 balls. Sri Lanka scored 51 runs to score as Pakistan never looked comfortable in the middle.