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Sri Lanka Stuns Pakistan in Thrilling Asia Cup Super Four Clash

New Delhi | September 15, 2023: In an electrifying Asia Cup Super Four encounter, Sri Lanka snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against top-ranked ODI side Pakistan. Kusal Mendis, with his magnificent 91, led the charge alongside Sadeera Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka to secure a thrilling win for Sri Lanka in a rain-affected last-over showdown.

The rain gods played their part by first reducing the game to 45 overs and then further shortening it to a 42-overs-per-side contest. Pakistan, despite a late onslaught from Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed, posted a competitive 252 for 7.

Sri Lanka’s chase got off to a brisk start with Kusal Perera, but a miscommunication led to his run-out in the early stages. However, a resilient partnership between Samarawickrama and Mendis shifted the momentum in Sri Lanka’s favor.

Their century stand, characterized by a perfect blend of attack and defense, kept Pakistan at bay. Unfortunately, Samarawickrama’s dismissal after scoring 48 put Sri Lanka in a precarious position, needing 75 runs off 74 balls.

The match took an intense turn when Kusal Mendis departed for 91. Dasun Shanaka fell soon after, and Pakistan’s comeback seemed imminent. The penultimate over from Shaheen Afridi saw two crucial wickets, leaving Sri Lanka with 8 runs required from the final six balls.

In the final over, Pramod Madushan’s tight bowling left Sri Lanka needing 6 runs off the last two balls. The pressure was palpable, but Charith Asalanka held his nerve and smashed two boundaries off Zaman Khan to secure a stunning victory for Sri Lanka off the very last ball.

This epic encounter showcased the true spirit of cricket, where determination and courage prevailed over adversity. Sri Lanka’s remarkable journey to the Asia Cup final will be etched in the memories of cricket fans for years to come.

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