Pakistan out, Sri Lanka reach final of Asia Cup
Sri Lanka cruised to the Asia Cup final, securing a two-wicket victory in a last-ball thriller while successfully chasing down the 253-run target against Pakistan at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Thursday.
The determined Sri Lankan side staged a dramatic comeback, securing a thrilling twp-wicket victory while chasing a 253-run target in the rain-affected 42-over match. Kusal Mendis led the charge with an impressive 92 runs, while Sadeera Samarawickrama contributed with a quick 48 off 51 balls.
Among the Pakistani bowlers, part-time spinner Iftikhar Ahmed shone, taking three wickets, while Shaheen Shah Afridi managed two wickets in the final overs, and Shadab Khan dismissed one batsman.
Sri Lanka maintained momentum during the early overs, sustaining a required run rate of six runs per over to reach their target. Despite late wickets, Pakistan couldn’t break through the resilient Sri Lankan lineup.
In the end, it was the nerve and determination of the last-standing man, Charith Asalanka, who remained unbeaten on 49 and guided his team to the finals.