India simply steamrolled past Sri Lanka in the finals of the Asia Cup 2023 by 10 wickets and registered a humongous victory to win the tournament. While it was joy and ecstasy for India, it was pure heartbreak for Sri Lanka in the finals.
Batting first on a dry pitch, Sri Lanka were brought down on their haunches by the Indian pacers, spearheaded by Mohammad Siraj. Siraj became the 1st Indian bowler to bag 4 wickets in an over in international cricket and he was an epitome of class and greatness in this game.
This was a humiliating loss for Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2023 finals and they failed to defend their title. In terms of balls remaining in an ODI final, this victory was the biggest victory in international cricket.
Several records broke as India marched to a dominating victory at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
In this article, we take a look at the top 3 talking points of the IND vs SL Asia Cup 2023 finals at Colombo:
1. Mohammad Siraj’s mind-boggling spell
India’s premier pacer Mohammad Siraj breathed fire with the new-ball and simply wreaked havoc on the Sri Lankan batters. He bagged 4 wickets upfront and made sure that he troubles the opposition batters.
Siraj finished with 6 wickets and conceded only 21 runs in 7 overs at a sensational economy of 3. Mohammad Siraj’s fantastic bowling earned him the player of the match award in the Asia Cup 2023 finals. He also earned plaudits from the who’s who of cricket.
2. India’s ultra-aggressive strategy in the 1st innings
At the beginning of the game, skipper Rohit Sharma mentioned that the Indian team would be adopting the ultra-aggressive strategy while bowling to Sri Lanka. And that was clearly visible as the Indian cricket team kept pestering the Sri Lankan batters with their stupendous bowling.
Skipper Rohit Sharma kept several fielders in the slip cordon and this in itself was enough to send shivers down the spines of the opposition batters. This also gave the pacers of India a lot of confidence and they performed exceedingly well.
3. Hardik Pandya’s joined the party later
After Mohammad Siraj blew Sri Lanka out of the water with the white-cherry, India’s vice-captain Hardik Pandya too joined the party. He bagged 3 wickets and helped India wrap up the innings of Sri Lanka, quite fast.
His wickets included Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madushan and Matheesha Pathirana and helped India restrict Sri Lanka to a paltry score.