Publish: 18 Sep 2023, 01:00 pm
The curtain has come down on the 16th season of the Asia Cup. Yesterday, Sunday (September 17), India won the championship by defeating the hosts Sri Lanka in the final at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Indian star pacer Mohammad Siraj bowled brilliantly to win the team's title. He became man of the match with 6 wickets for 21 runs.
As the man of the match in the final, Siraj got 5 thousand dollars, about 5 and a half lakhs in Bangladeshi currency. The Indian star pacer donated the entire money to the field workers. Sri Lankan ground staff were awarded 50 thousand US dollars which is 54 lakh 78 thousand taka in Bangladesh currency.
At the prize distribution ceremony, Siraj took the man of the match award and said that this money award was for the ground staff. Without them, this tournament would not have happened.
Siraj's announcement was greeted with applause by the audience of Colombo and Premadasa Stadium. About his bowling, Siraj said, I was bowling well in the last few matches. Many balls were about to touch the edges of the bat but did not. I found the edge of that bat today.
Siraj came to the bowling in the fourth over of the innings and smashed the Lankan batting lineup. Siraj took 4 wickets for only 4 runs in that over.
Opener Pathum Nishanka returned with a catch on the first ball of Siraj's second over (4th over of the innings). Sadeera Samarawickrama returned by a lbw dismissal in the third ball of the over.
Charith Asalanka returned with a catch on the fourth ball. Dhananjaya de Silva hit a boundary off Siraj's hat-trick ball. Right after that De Silva returned with a catch on the last ball of the over.
Coming to the bowling in the sixth over, Mohammad Siraj bowled the Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka in the fourth ball. On his departure, Sri Lanka virtually crashed out of the match losing 6 wickets for just 12 runs in 5.4 overs.
Siraj bowled Sri Lanka's star batsman Kushal Mendis in the 2nd ball of the 11th over. On Kushal’s departure, Sri Lanka lost the seventh wicket for 33 runs. Mohammad Siraj played a leading role in crushing the Lankans by 50 runs in 15.2 overs. He took 6 wickets for 21 runs in 7 overs.
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