A brilliant half-century from BhanukaRajapaksa and fiery spells from spinner WaninduHasaranga and pacer PramodMadushan helped Sri Lanka lift its sixth Asia Cup title, defeating Pakistan by 24 runs in the final in Dubai on Sunday.
Sri Lanka will be extremely ecstatic with their performances. They pulled off a remarkable comeback from a poor position in powerplay while batting, with help of Rajapaksa (71*) and Hasaranga (36) to reach 170/6 in 20 overs. While bowling, it was spells of WaninduHasaranga (3/27) and PramodMadushan (4/34) that helped Lanka seal the victory by 24 runs, despite a threatening stand of 61-runs between Mohammad Rizwan (55) and Iftikhar Ahmed (32). Chasing 171, Pakistan got some free runs as pacer DilshanMadushanka gave away nine extras due to wides and no balls. However, the pacer made a comeback, giving only three more runs in his over.
Sri Lanka kept Pakistani willows silent for next two overs and struck gold with the wicket of star batter Babar Azam for 5. PramodMadushan took his wicket after the batter was caught by Madhushanka at short fine leg, with the latter making up for his expensive first over. Pakistan was 1/22.
Madushan dismissed left-hander FakharZaman for a golden duck, taking two wickets in two balls. After a terrible first over, Sri Lanka were favourites again, having reduced Pakistan to 2/22.
From then on, Rizwan and Ifitkhar Ahmed tried to steady the ship for Pakistan. Sri Lanka however continued bowling brilliant lines and lengths, keeping their opponents largely on backfoot. Men in Green could score only 15 in 15 balls after Madushan’s double blow and at powerplay end in six overs, Pakistan was at 37/2, with Rizwan (16*) and Iftikhar (6*). The duo helped run come for Pakistan and 50-run mark was touched in 7.3 overs.
At the end of 10 overs, Pakistan was at 68/3, with Rizwan (36*) and Ifitkhar (17*) at the crease.
A 50-run stand between the duo was up in 44 balls. In the start of second half, Iftikhar seemed to turn things in his side’s favour with a four and six. WaninduHasaranga’s 12th over gave away 14 runs. Things seemed to swing in favour of Sri Lanka when Madushan bagged his third wicket of the match in 14th over. He ended the 71-run stand between Rizwan and Iftikhar after the latter was caught for 32 off 31 balls at backward square leg by KNA Bandara.
Mohammad Nawaz was next on the crease. At the end of 15 overs, Pakistan was at 101/3, with Rizwan (47*) and Nawaz (6*). A solid 15th over by Dhananjya de Silva built pressure on Pakistan by giving away just four runs. Pakistan needed 70 runs in final five overs.
Pressure piled up on Pakistan and evidence was Nawaz giving away his wicket for just four runs to ChamikaKarurathne while attempting to pull, but was caught by Madushan at backward deep square. Pakistan was reduced to 102/4.
Khushdil Shah was the next batter on the crease. Rizwan brought up his third half-century of the tournament with a pressure relieving six. However, Hasaranga’s final over changed the game in favour of Sri Lanka once again, as he picked up wickets of Rizwan (55), Asif Ali (0) and Khusdil (2) in a span of five balls. Pakistan sunk to 112/7 after this over.
Miseries did not seem to end for Pakistan as Theekshana dismissed Shadab Khan for just 8 runs after he was caught by Gunathilaka. Naseem Shah, Pakistan’s hero in match against Afghanistan was also sent packing by Madushan, who got his fourth wicket of the match after Karunarathne caught him at long-on.
Pakistan finished the match at 147 all out after HarisRauf was bowled by Karunaratne for 13. Sri Lanka clinched its sixth Asia Cup 2022 title.
Madushan (4/34) and Hasaranga (3/27) were the heroes for Sri Lanka with the ball. Theekshana and Karunaratne took one scalp each. An unbeaten half-century from BhanukaRajapaksa and solid knocks from Dhananjaya de Silva and WaninduHasaranga powered Sri Lanka to 170/6 in their 20 overs against Pakistan in the final of Asia Cup 2022 here in Dubai on Sunday. Pakistan will not be happy with how things turned out for them. Despite having SL reeling at 42/3 in the powerplay, they let Rajapaksa (71*), Hasaranga (36) and Silva (28) guide their side to a challenging total. HarisRauf though had an impressive outing with 3/29.
Fielding first, Pakistan was off to a great start as pacer Naseem Shah removed dangerous opener KusalMendis for a golden duck. A 142 kmph delivery came in, clipped the pads of the batter and dismantled his off stump. Sri Lanka was at 1/2.
With this, Dhananjaya de Silva joined PathumNissanka. Silva delighted the excited Sri Lankan crowd with some well-placed drives. Nissanka also seemed to have joined his partner in a counterattack with a cover drive of his own. But pacer HarisRauf put an end to this brief 21-run stand by dismissing Nissanka for just eight runs off 11 balls, who was trying to hit big over mid-on where Babar Azam took a good running catch.
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Magnus leads Arjun in finals of Julius Baer Cup
World champion Magnus Carlsen stayed on course to win the Julius Baer Generation Cup rapid online chess tournament after winning two and drawing one against India’s Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi in the first set of four games here. The World No.1 from Norway now holds a 2.5-0.5 advantage over the teen Indian grandmaster and would need to secure a tie in the next set to be played late today to win the prestigious event. While it is a steep climb for Arjun from here it is not impossible for him as he needs to win the next four-set game to force a tie-breaker.
Carlsen began on a dominating note and won the first match in 40 moves followed by picking up a 29-move victory. Carlsen did not take much risk and settled for a draw to go into the final day of the tournament with the momentum on his side.
“I’m a bit disappointed with my play and with the result but it’s going to help me for sure so I take it as a positive thing. I have been telling myself not to think too much about the fact that I am playing against Magnus and just try to play as if it’s any other opponent,” Arjun was quoted. Earlier, the Indian had beaten Vietnam’s Liem Quang Le to qualify for the finals of the USD 150,000 tournament.
Eliud Kipchoge wins Berlin Marathon, sets new world record
Star Kenya marathoner Eliud Kipchoge won the Berlin Marathon with an astonishing time of 2:01.09 hours to set up a new world record here on Sunday.
Kipchoge bettered his own world record by 30 seconds that he set at the same event in 2018.
This was the 37-year-old celebrated long distance runners’ 15th career wins. In a two-decade-old career, the Kenyan is a two-time Olympic champion (2016& 2020). He has won 10 major marathons across the world as well as capturing the world championship in 2003.
On an overcast day, Kipchoge was in his elements from the word go and only few on the grid could match his intensity.
Ethiopia’s Andamlak Belihu stayed hot on his heels for a considerable amount of time but later buckled and fell behind as the Kenyan cruised his way to yet another sensational victory. Kipchoge had come agonisingly close in setting a new record at the Tokyo Marathon in March as well only to miss out on the mark by just a minute.
His compatriot Mark Korir finished second to register a one-two finish for Kenya, while Ethiopian Tadu Abate ended third.
Umar Kremlev to continue as chief of International Boxing Association Umar Kremlev to continue as chief of International Boxing Association
Russia’s Umar Kremlev will continue as the chief of the International Boxing Association after the delegates at its extraordinary meeting in Armenia decided against holding new elections.
Kremlev will hold on to his position for a four-year term.
Boris van der Vorst of Netherlands who was harbouring dreams of replacing Kremlev was in for a rude shock as 106 National Federations rejected the proposal election regarding fresh voting. Only 36 National Federations voted in favour of the move while four remained absent.
A total of 74.65% voted in the Russian’s favour while 25.35% aligned with the Dutch. Earlier Vorst had successfully challenged a decision of the Boxing Independent Integrity Unit to prevent him from running at the previous extraordinary congress in Istanbul at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
While the situation seems to be normal as of yet, it remains to be seen what would be the fate of boxing in Los Angeles Olympics 2028 as International Olympic Committee has warned IBA quite a few times in the past over the governance of the current regime including the integrity of the judges and financial sustainability of the organisation.
Kuldeep’s hatrick, Shaw’s knock help India A beat New Zealand A
Kuldeep Yadav’s valiant efforts of a four-wicket haul with hattrick followed by Prithvi Shaw’s knock of 77 helped the Indian A team win the ODI series 2-0 with one game remaining here at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday.
Prithvi Shaw’s 77 runs off 48 deliveries and Ruturaj Gaikwad’s 30 runs helped India A, chasing 220, put up an opening stand of 82 runs for the Indian team. For Kiwis Logan van Beek scalped three conceding 46 runs while Jacob Duffy bagged two wickets. India A led the three-match series 2-0. Rishi Dhawan (22) and Shardul Thakur (25) also contributed to India’s four-wicket victory despite India losing wickets in the middle.
Earlier, spinner Kuldeep Yadav bagged a hattrick against New Zealand A on Sunday and all thanks to his amazing game, India-A bundled out the Kiwis for just 219 runs.
Yadav bagged the wickets of Logan van Beek, Joe Walker and Jacob Duffy in the 47th over of the innings. In the match, Yadav picked a four-wicket haul while taking a hat trick. Kuldeep took a hat-trick in the 47th over of the innings.
First, he got Logan van Beek out caught by Prithvi Shaw on the fourth ball. Then on the next ball, Kuldeep also walked Joe Walker. Walker’s catch was caught by captain Sanju Samson. On the last ball, Kuldeep completed a hat-trick by lbw to Jacob Duffy. Kuldeep took four wickets for 51 runs in 10 overs.
For New Zealand A, Rachin Ravindra smashed 61 runs in 65 balls while Joe Carter slammed 72 runs in 80 balls. For India, Rahul Chahar bagged two wickets while Raj Bawa and Umran Malik took one wicket each.
Deepti was well within her rights to dismiss Dean: Saba Karim
Indian pace spearhead Jhulan Goswami’s last international match at the Lord’s will remain etched into the memories of cricket fans for a long time. It was a perfect send-off for the stalwart who shone with the ball and took two important wickets to help India Women eke out a thrilling 16-run victory over England and complete a 3-0 series sweep.
However, Jhulan’s fairy-tale swansong took an unexpected turn due to the manner in which India won the match. Chasing a target of 170, England were reeling at 118/9. With 52 still required, the pair of Charlie Dean and Freya Davies got their act together and launched a stunning comeback to turn the tables on India. The duo added 35 runs for the final wicket and were in cruise control.
It was then Deepti Sharma bowling her eighth over did the unthinkable and displayed great awareness to knock over the bails at the non-striker end after she noticed Dean leaving the crease even before the delivery was bowled to run her out.
In contrasting scenes post the run out, Indian players rushed towards Jhulan to congratulate her on a stellar career while Dean was distraught and broke into tears.
The dismissal commonly known as mankading has always been a matter of argument with certain stigma attached to it.
However, governing body of world cricket ICC, in its latest reforms in playing conditions has legalised it and even Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), official guardian of the law of cricket last month moved the dismissal from ‘Unfair Play’ to ‘Run out’ section.
While Deepti was in her right to do so, as expected the dismissal divided the cricket fraternity with current players and experts joining in the debate as to whether the dismissal was ethical or not.
Speaking on the same, former Indian player and ex-BCCI selector Saba Karim threw his weight behind the Indian spinner and said that if ICC has legalised it then there should be no hue and cry over the incident.
“I think Deepti Sharma was absolutely right in taking this call. It is for her to figure out what the batter was trying to do. And if she felt that the batter was trying to steal some more mileage by backing up so far ahead of the popping crease, then she is well within her rights to go for this kind of dismissal,” Saba told in an exclusive chat during the World Cup build-up show presented by Dafanews on NewsX.
“And since now it is incorporated by the ICC, there is nothing illegal in it as it is a legally accepted dismissal. I am perfectly fine with Deepti’s choice this time around,” he further added.
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