PAK vs SL: Pathum Nissanka’s unbeaten 55-run knock guides Sri Lanka to 5 wicket win


Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 5 wickets finish at the top of Asia Cup Super 4 points table

Sri Lanka dominated Pakistan in all departments to send an early warning before the final of Asia Cup 2022. The last Super 4 league clash of the tournament, was strangely one-sided as Dasun Shanaka’s side won their fourth consecutive match. Since the last World Cup in UAE, Sri Lanka had only won two matches overall, but they’ve been in rich form in the Asia Cup so far. 

Pathum Nissanka played a sublime unbeaten 55-run knock to help his side to a 5-wicket win. It was the final before the final, and Shanaka’s Sri Lanka came out on top, and the win should give them confidence ahead of the summit clash. 

Chasing a paltry 122 in the dress rehearsal ahead of Sunday’s summit clash, Sri Lanka were reduced to 29/3 inside five overs but the 24-year-old Nissanka held the innings together with his unbeaten 55 off 48 balls.

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Mystery spinner Wanindu Hasaranga led Sri Lankan’s brilliant bowling effort with a three-wicket haul as Pakistan were bundled out for 121 in 19.1 overs.

Hasaranga returned with 3/21 including two in successive balls in his last over as the Sri Lankan spin troika accounted for 5/60 in 12 overs.

The spinner, who also took two catches in the deep, played a fine cameo smashing two boundaries off three balls in his 10 not out from three balls to take them over the line with three overs to spare.

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Defending a below-par total, Pakistan’s pace and swing was on full display inside the powerplay as the duo of Haris Rauf and Mohammad Hasnain claimed three wickets between them.

Hasnain gave them a perfect start dismissing Lankan leading run-getter Kusal Mendis for a golden duck with a fiery outswinger.

His pace partner Rauf struck twice in two overs to tighten the noose around Sri Lanka but it was Hasan Ali who was the weak link in their pace armoury in absence of Naseem Shah.

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His slower pace failed to trouble the batters and the duo of Nissanka and Rajapaksa were happy to go all out against him to rebuild their innings.

The duo put together a crucial stand of 51 runs before Bhanuka Rajapaksa (24) fell victim to Usman Qadir before skipper Dasun Shanaka chipped in with 21 from 16 balls to take them near the finishing line.

Needing 15 runs from the last four overs, Hasnain dismissed the Lankan skipper with a slower ball before Hasaranga hitting the winning four.

With agency inputs

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