India marks a Staggering ten-wicket win in the Asia Cup 2023 Final
Little did Sri Lanka's batsmen know about the results ahead, as five of them were dismissed without scoring. India chased down a paltry target of 51 against Sri Lanka to name the Asia Cup for itself the 8th time. The result was pre-concluded after Mohammed Siraj had destroyed Sri Lanka's batting line-up with figures of 6 for 21 off 7 overs on Sunday in Colombo after Dasun Shanaka won the toss and decided to bat.
India attained its target in just 6.1 overs, winning the final with 263 balls remaining and all 10 wickets intact. This was India's biggest winning margin regarding the balls to spare. Prior to this, the best was against Kenya in 2001, where India chased down a target of 91 with 231 balls to spare. Ishan Kishan had been pushed up the order to open the innings with Shubman Gill. With no knowledge of rain weather forecasters, during the toss, the game experienced a delay by 40 minutes thanks to a drizzle. Jasprit Bumrah was the first to strike when he dismissed Kusal Perera in the first over before Mohammed Siraj presented one of the greatest-ever shows of fast bowling in the sub-continent.
Mohammed Siraj took four wickets in six balls to write Sri Lankan’s end-game story. In his second over and the third over of the Sri Lankan innings, Siraj ousted Pathum Nissanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, and Dhananjaya de Silva. In his next over, Siraj ousted Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka to become the joint-fastest bowler to take a five-wicket haul in one-day internationals, reaching the landmark in just 2.4 overs. Also, while Mohammed Siraj rocked the Sri Lankan top-order, Hardik Pandya also got into the act and picked the last three wickets, including two off two balls.
Mohammed Siraj's 6 for 21 is also the fourth-best ODI figure by an Indian bowler after Stuart Binny (6 for 4), Anil Kumble (6 for 12) and Jasprit Bumrah (6 for 19). Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's 50 all-out is now their second-lowest total in ODIs and the lowest ever recorded by any team against India in one-day internationals.