India won the Asia Cup 2023 after a spectacular fast bowling display. Mohammed Siraj, who destroyed Sri Lanka’s top order in the final, led the charge.

SL v IND, Asia Cup Final, Scorecard

In just 15.2 overs, Sri Lanka was dismissed for just 50 runs. Their lowest total ever against India and second-lowest overall was this one. In terms of total overs, this was the fifth-shortest completed innings in which a team was bowled out.

India’s response saw them reach their target in just 37 balls with 10 wickets in hand. By the amount of balls still in the innings, India has won by the largest margin and Sri Lanka has lost by the largest margin.

India retained its title as the most successful team in the competition and won the Asia Cup for an unprecedented eighth time as a result.

At the toss, Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka made the decision to bat first. However, once the two teams left the park, not much improved for Sri Lanka.

The bowlers from India took advantage of the cloudy surroundings and caused the ball to zoom in both directions. Kusal Perera was fired by Jasprit Bumrah in exchange for a duck, drawing first blood.

Siraj, his partner for the new-ball spell, changed the course of the game, though.

In the game’s fourth over, he took four wickets. The first ball of the over was caught at point by him as Pathum Nissanka. After that, he got Charith Asalanka and Sadeera Samarawickrama off the third and fourth balls of the over, respectively. Asalanka got caught in the covers, while Samarawickrama was trapped lbw.

He had Dhananjaya de Silva caught behind off the final delivery. In the very next over after this remarkable one, he took another wicket and eliminated Shanaka.

With this, he finished off a five-for in just 16 balls. Since ball-by-ball data has been available, this matches the previous record for the fastest five-for. He shares this with Chaminda Vaas of Sri Lanka, who in the 2003 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup took five wickets against Bangladesh off just 16 balls.

After Siraj’s effort, Sri Lanka was 12/6, and just as Kusal Mendis and Dunith Wellalage appeared to be stabilising, the ferocious fast bowler struck again, breaking the nascent stand and capturing his sixth wicket.

After that ferocious session, Sri Lanka had no chance of recovering, and Hardik Pandya finished the process by taking the final three wickets and finishing with stats of 3/3. The pacers claimed all ten of Sri Lanka’s wickets in their innings.

The previous best for a fast bowler in the Asia Cup was Aaqib Javed’s 5/19 against India in Sharjah in 1995. Siraj finished with 6/21, the greatest numbers by a fast bowler in the competition.

Additionally, this is the event’s top showing by an Indian bowler. Arshad Ayub’s 5/21 against Pakistan in Dhaka in 1988 was the previous high.


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