India vs Sri Lanka, Final Asia Cup 2023: Team India won the title of Asia Cup 2023 in Colombo, thanks to Mohammed Siraj. India easily defeated Sri Lanka in the final. The Sri Lankan team won the toss and decided to bat first and were all out on the score of just 50 runs. During this, Siraj took 6 wickets. In response, India won the match in 6.1 overs. In this match, the mistakes of Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanka cost the entire team. Watching the match, it seemed as if India did not win the title but Sri Lanka made it win.
After winning the toss, it was decided to bat first –
Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanka won the toss and decided to bat first. There was a possibility of rain in Colombo. If they had decided to bowl first, the match could have gone in a different direction. Victory is not easy for India. The pitch on which the India-Sri Lanka match took place in Colombo was new and spin friendly. In such a situation, his own decision proved costly for Captain Shanka.
Spin friendly pitch changed color –
The Colombo pitch was new and spin friendly. Indian captain Rohit Sharma wanted to bat first here. But Shanka won the toss and decided to bat himself. The spin friendly pitch greatly supported the fast bowlers and the match was overturned. If Shanka had made strategic changes while batting first after the fall of early wickets, it could have proved beneficial for him.
Sri Lankan batsmen kneeled in front of Siraj –
The Sri Lankan openers failed to give a good start to the team. No one could stand in front of Siraj. In such a situation, captain Shanka and the top order batsmen needed to play steadily. The ball was swinging. Sri Lankan players had no answer to this.
9 Sri Lankan players could not reach double figures –
9 players of Sri Lanka were out on single digit scores. Pathum Nissanka was out after scoring 2 runs. Perera was out on zero. Samarawickrama and Asalanka were also out on zero. Dhananjaya de Silva returned to the pavilion after scoring 4 runs. Captain Shanka himself was out on zero. Velalage was out after scoring 8 runs and Madhushan was out after scoring 1 run. Pathirana could not open the account.