Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 23 runs in the Asia Cup 2022 final in Dubai on Sunday, September 11 to lift the Asian championship for the sixth time. Bhanuka Rajapaksa (71 not out off 45), Wanindu Hasaranga (36 off 21 & 3/27) and Pramod Madushan (4/34) were the standout performers for Sri Lanka. For Pakistan, Haris Rauf claimed 3 for 29, while Mohammad Rizwan contributed 55 off 49. However, it wasn’t enough as Pakistan folded up for 147 in their chase of 171.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma downplayed the team’s back-to-back losses at the ongoing Asia Cup, pointing out that they haven’t lost a lot of T20 games since last year’s World Cup in the UAE. The Men in Blue were all but knocked out of the Asia Cup after going down to Sri Lanka by six wickets on Tuesday, September 6.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam has lamented the team’s batting collapse in the second innings of the Galle Test on Thursday (July 28), which cost them the match. Chasing an improbable 508, Pakistan were well placed to draw the Test at 176 for 2. However, Mohammad Rizwan’s dismissal for 37 triggered a batting collapse, which saw them getting all out for 261. The 246-run defeat meant Pakistan had to settle for a 1-1 draw in the two-match series.
Asia Cup is likely to be shifted to UAE without any changes in the schedule due to political unrest and economic instability in Sri Lanka, the host country for the 2022 edition. Similarly, the Lanka Premier League (LPL) has been postponed for the same reason without announcement of new dates. It was scheduled to be held from July 31 to August 21 in the country.
Team India captain Rohit Sharma has stated that India are ready to accept what comes with Rishabh Pant because of his game-changing ability. There have been mixed reactions to Pant’s style of play and, at times, he has been criticized for not playing to the game situation. Rohit admitted that Pant has been told to show greater game awareness at times. However, he asserted that the think tank has asked Pant not to deviate too much from his natural game
Team India batter Hanuma Vihari feels it will be an extremely challenging task for Sri Lanka to chase 447 in the second innings although three full days of play are left in pink-ball Test in Bengaluru. India declared their second innings on 303 for 9, setting the Lankans an improbable 447 for victory. The visitors went to stumps at a shaky 28 for 1. Earlier in the day, they were bundled out for 109 in their first innings as Jasprit Bumrah claimed his first five-wicket haul in Tests in India.
Team India batter Shreyas Iyer top-scored for the hosts with a sizzling 92 off 98 on Day 1 of the pink-ball Test against Sri Lanka in Bengaluru. On a pitch that was turning square from the start, India crumbled to 148 for 6. However, Shreyas, with some help from the lower-order lifted India to 252. The 27-year-old was at his aggressive best, striking 10 fours and four sixes in his innings.
Team India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has stated that the dominating win against Sri Lanka in the 1st Test in Mohali should boost the confidence of the team. The 33-year-old was named player of the match for his brilliant all-round performance in the Test. He first struck at unbeaten 175 in India’s first innings. With his left-arm spin, he bamboozled Sri Lanka’s batters and finished with nine wickets for the match. Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin claimed four wickets each in the 2nd innings as India thumped Sri Lanka by an innings and 222 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
Former captain Virat Kohli is all set to become the 12th Indian to play 100 Test matches for his country. The 33-year-old will achieve the feat when India face Sri Lanka in the 1st Test of the two-match series, starting in Mohali on Friday. It will be Kohli’s first Test since he relinquished captaincy in the format following India’s Test series defeat in South Africa. Ahead of the special Test, Kohli opened up on various aspects of his Test career in an interview with bcci.tv.