India Became Asia Cup Champion for the 8th Time by Defeating Sri Lanka for 10 Wickets
Asia Cup 2023 Final:
India vs Sri Lanka
India Team – Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan (WK), Hardik Panday, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah
Sri Lanka Team – Pathum Nissanka, kusal Perera, kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhanjaya De Silva, Dasun Shanaka (C), Dunith Wellalage, Dushan Hemantha, Pramod Madushan, Matheesha Pathirana.
India lifted the Asia Cup 2023 trophy with a dominant 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the final at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo on September 17, 2023. It was India’s eighth Asia Cup title, and their biggest victory (263 balls) in ODIs in terms of balls remaining.
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat, but they were bundled out for just 50 runs in 15.2 overs, their second-lowest score ever in ODIs. India’s Mohammed Siraj was the star of the show with a sensational bowling spell of 6/21, the best by any bowler in an ODI against Sri Lanka. Jasprit Bumrah 1 and Hardik Pandya 3 wickets.
In reply, India openers Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill chased down the target with ease, scoring 23 and 27 runs respectively. They reached the winning target in just 6.1 overs, without losing a wicket.
Siraj was named Man of the Match for his brilliant bowling performance. He was also awarded the Player of the Tournament award for his outstanding contributions throughout the tournament.
India’s Dominant Performance
India were the clear favorites heading into the Asia Cup 2023 final, and they lived up to the expectations with a dominant performance. Their bowling attack was simply too hot for Sri Lanka to handle, and their batsmen made light work of the small target.
Siraj was the standout performer for India, but he was well supported by the other bowlers, particularly Bumrah and Pandya. The Indian bowlers were able to consistently extract swing and seam from the pitch, and they exploited the Sri Lankan batsmen’s weaknesses.
The Indian batsmen also showed their class in the chase. Kishan and Gill were both aggressive from the start, and they didn’t give the Sri Lankan bowlers a chance to settle in. They reached the winning target in just 6.1 overs, which shows how dominant India were in this match.
Sri Lanka’s Disappointing Performance
Sri Lanka had a disappointing tournament overall, and they were completely outplayed by India in the final. Their batting lineup was simply not good enough, and they were too reliant on a few key players.
Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka admitted that his team were outplayed in all three departments. He said, “India were simply too good for us today. They bowled us out cheaply and then chased down the target very easily. We need to go back to the drawing board and work on our weaknesses.”
10 – Wicket Wins in ODI Filals
197/0 IND vs Zim Sharjah 1998
118/0 Aus vs Eng Sydney 2003
51/0 Aus vs SL Colombo 2023
Bowlers who took 5 wickets on fewest balls in men’s ODI innings: –
16 balls – Chaminda Vaas vs Bangladesh, 2003
16 balls – Mohammed Siraj vs Sri Lanka, 2023
20 balls – Tim Van Der Gugten vs Canada, 2013
21 balls – Usman Khan vs Sri Lanka, 2017
Teams scoring lowest against India in men’s international cricket: –
50 – Sri Lanka at Colombo, 2023 (ODI)
58 – Bangladesh at Dhaka, 2014 (ODI)
62 – New Zealand, Mumbai, 2021 (Test)
65 – Zimbabwe at Harare, 2005 (ODI)
66 – New Zealand, Ahmedabad, 2023 (T20I)