Sri Lanka’s thrilling win over Pakistan within the Tremendous 4 sport of the continued Asia Cup 2023 turned a bit bitter attributable to an damage sustained by their star spinner Maheesh Theekshana. Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 2 wickets (DLS methodology) in an exhilarating sport on the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo to qualify for the ultimate.
It was a do-or-die match for each groups. The winner was going to qualify for the ultimate whereas the dropping crew was to crash out of the continental championship. Pakistan opted to bat first after successful the toss however failed to begin effectively. They had been reeling at 130 for five at one stage earlier than a 108-run stand between Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed steadied the ship and guided them to a difficult complete.
Ultimately, Pakistan completed on 252 for 7 within the allotted 42 overs. Rizwan scored an unbeaten 86 whereas opener Abdullah Shafique scored 52. Iftikhar additionally performed a vital 47-run knock. In reply, Sri Lanka chased down the whole on the final ball of the match.
Kusal Mendis led the cost with the bat by enjoying a wonderful knock of 92 runs whereas Sadeera Samarawickrama performed a vital knock of 48 runs. Sri Lanka had been effectively positioned at 222 for 4 within the thirty eighth over earlier than a flurry of wickets noticed them getting decreased to 246 for 8. Nonetheless, Charith Asalanka held agency at one finish and scored an unbeaten 49 to information his crew to a win.
Maheesh Theekshana suffers damage:
Whereas Sri Lanka registered a well-known win to qualify for the ultimate, the damage sustained by Maheesh Theekshana did take a few of the gloss off the victory. The proper-arm spinner suffered a hamstring damage and hobbled off the sphere after bowling the thirty fifth over.
Through the thirty fourth over of the Pakistan innings when Rizwan swept a supply from Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana made a diving try from the deep backward squad to cease the boundary. He didn’t cease the ball from crossing the boundary and in addition ended up hurting himself within the course of. He returned to the sphere once more to bowl the thirty seventh over however didn’t come out to bat at his traditional place.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) gave an replace on the bowler and acknowledged that he would endure a scan on Friday (September fifteenth, 2023) after straining his proper hamstring.
“Maheesh Theekshana has strained his proper hamstring. The participant will endure a scan tomorrow to completely assess his situation. Theekshana sustained the damage whereas he was fielding through the ongoing sport between Sri Lanka and Pakistan,” SLC posted on X (previously Twitter).
🚨 Maheesh Theekshana has strained his proper hamstring.
The participant will endure a scan tomorrow to completely assess his situation.
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) September 14, 2023