The fifth sport of the Tremendous 4 stage of Asia Cup 2023 passed off between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The sport was curtailed on account of rain and was lowered to 42-over per facet. It was the digital semi-final and the defending champions stepped up large time to e book their berth within the last of the event in opposition to India.
Pakistan gained the toss and opted to bat first. That they had a horrendous begin as they misplaced Fakhar Zaman (4) early. Abdullah Shafique (53) and skipper Babar Azam (29) added essential 64 runs on the board to make it possible for they saved the scoreboard ticking regardless of the early blow.
Nonetheless, after their partnership Pakistan had a torrid time on the sphere as they misplaced wickets rapidly and had been tottering at 130/5 in 28 overs. However after that rain halt eased the situations and made issues higher than what was earlier than the rain break. The Babar Azam-led facet took full benefit of that and performed staggering effectively.
Mohammad Rizwan (86*) and Iftikhar Ahmed (47) got here out all weapons blazing after the rain break and took the assault to Sri Lankan bowlers. They added 108 runs and introduced Pakistan again into the sport. Their rollicking partnership noticed Males in Inexperienced publish a complete of 252 runs on the board.
Sri Lanka had an aggressive begin to their innings as Kusal Perera smashed a quick-fire 17 runs earlier than he was run out. Pathum Nissanka performed an important hand of 29 runs off 44 balls. However the true blitz got here from the bat of Kusal Mendis (91) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (48), who took the sport away from Pakistan.
They added a 100-run partnership for the third wicket and put Pakistan below actual stress. Nonetheless, they each performed false photographs and ended up giving their wickets to part-time spinner Iftikhar Ahmed. He additionally eliminated Dasun Shanaka (2) to place Sri Lanka below immense stress and produce his facet again into the sport.
Charith Asalanka, nonetheless, confirmed nice maturity and soaked in all of the stress regardless of Shaheen Afridi eradicating Dhananjaya de Silva (5) and Dunith Wellalage within the penultimate over. With 8 runs wanted off the final 6 balls, the drama unfolded however Asalanka (49*) gained the match for his facet with 2 wickets in hand and took them to the ultimate of Asia Cup 2023.
Asia Cup Factors Desk 2023: Up to date Standings After PAK vs SL Tremendous 4 Match 5
After the fifth match of the Tremendous 4 stage of the Asia Cup 2023, India continued staying on the high of the factors desk with Q forward of their identify. Sri Lanka after their win over Pakistan turned the second group to qualify for the ultimate. Pakistan and Bangladesh who’re third and fourth respectively have been eradicated.