Jasprit Bumrah picked up Kusal Perera on the third ball of the innings to provide India an early breakthrough against Sri Lanka. Then, Mohammed Siraj went on a riot. He removed Pathun Nissanka, Samarawickrama, Asalanka, and de Silva in the fourth over to break the backbone of Sri Lanka's batting lineup in the final of the Asia Cup 2023 in Colombo on Sunday.
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Rain delayed the match after Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka won the toss and decided to bat against India in the Asia Cup 2023 Final. India picked Washinton Sundar in the playing XI in place of the injured Axar Patel. On the other side, Sri Lanka included Dushan Hemantha in place of the injured Maheesh Theekshana.
Sira's riot began with the wicket of Nissanka. The in-form Samarawickrama was then trapped leg-before for a two-ball duck before Charith Asalanka became the next target. De Silva didn't let Siraj complete the hat-trick but he returned with a brilliant delivery that ended as a caught-behind wicket.
Siraj continued his impressive spell and bagged a five-wicket haul. Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka lost his wicket for a four-ball duck in his third over. Mohammed Siraj also equaled former Sri Lanka pacer Chaminda Vaas for the quickest ODI five-for, reaching the feat in just 16 balls. Vaas achieved the milestone against Bangladesh in 2003. He ended with six wickets after picking up the wicket of Kusal Mendis.
3.1 Siraj to Nissanka – OUT: Jadeja took a brilliant catch. A length ball from Siraj, just outside off didn't connect with the bat very well and Jadeja dived to his right to catch it low with both hands
3.2 Siraj to Samarawickrama – no run: Length ball in but left.
3.3 Siraj to Samarawickrama – OUT: A huge appeal for lbw and the umpire didn't take any time to raise his finger. It Was a length ball pitching just outside off that beat the inside edge and hit the batter around the knee roll on the front pad. The ball-tracking showed it would have gone on to hit the top of the leg stump.
3.4 Siraj to Asalanka – OUT: Siraj on a hat-trick. He got three wickets in four balls. The ball went straight to cover where Kishan took it in front of his face, with reverse cups.
3.5 Siraj to Dhananjaya – FOUR runs: Length ball on the stumps and de Silva just pushed it through the mid-on region. Siraj went on a chase alongside Kishan, beat Kishan but failed to stop the boundary. Kohli couldn't stop laughing.
3.6 Siraj to Dhananjaya – OUT: Fourth wicket for Siraj in the over. Sri Lanka 12 for 5! A slightly fuller than good length with the seam pointing towards the deep third. Dhananjaya pushed it away from the body. The ball moved away to take a faint outside edge and Rahul completed a regulation catch.