In an epic conflict that will not be forgotten anytime quickly and would possibly even handle to discover a place within the Sri Lankan folklore, the Dasun Shanaka-led aspect pipped Pakistan in a Tremendous 4 fixture on Thursday, September 14 to repair a gathering within the ultimate with workforce India.
The match turned out to be a nerve-wracking thriller and noticed the six-time champions register victory on the final ball. Because it was on the playing cards, rain did intervene within the match however a 42-overs per aspect contest nonetheless occurred after the climate gods confirmed mercy. The sport went proper down the wire and the end result was in the end determined off the final ball.
The island nation required eight to win the sport and make sure a berth within the summit conflict. With a set batter batting within the center within the type of Charith Asalanka and Pramod Madushan (a helpful decrease order batter) accompanying him, the chances regarded in favour of the defending champions.
Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam tasked the debutant Zaman Khan to get the job carried out for the workforce and the teenager regarded underneath the pump proper from the outset. The 22-year-old pacer bowled a excessive full toss and fortuitously for him, it wasn’t above waist excessive as the 2 batters scampered for a single. The second supply was a size ball outdoors off and Asalanka did not put bat to ball.
The Mirpur-born pacer diverse his tempo on the third ball of the over and Asalanka may solely get it away for a single. The fourth supply resulted in a run out on the non-striker’s finish as Aslanka sprinted to the striker’s finish after Madushan missed a fullish supply outdoors off. Madushan did not present the intent to run initially and a direct hit on the bowler’s finish caught him wanting his floor.
With six wanted off two, the stress was on Asalanka to discover a boundary. The southpaw rode his luck and obtained a fortuitous 4 after edging a size ball outdoors of off in direction of the best of the quick third fielder. Sri Lanka had their hopes pinned on Asalanka to attain two off the final supply and the 26-year-old batter confirmed immense calmness to clip a ball off his pads in direction of the vacant deep sq. leg area and took the workforce residence amid a completely electrical ambiance on the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
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