Asia Cup 2023: On whom did Babar Azam put the debris of defeat?

 Asia Cup 2023: On whom did Babar Azam put the debris of defeat?

Asia Cup 2023: On whom did Babar Azam put the debris of defeat?

In their Super Four encounter against Dasun Shanaka’s Sri Lanka on September 14 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam confessed that his team was not up to pace in all categories.

Pakistan lost the game—a virtual semifinal—by two wickets and was eliminated from the competition. Zaman Khan gave it his all as Sri Lanka needed eight runs to win in the final over, but Charith Asalanka remained unbeaten at 49 to lead his team to victory.

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Earlier, Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled superbly in the penultimate over. Taking two wickets of Dhananjaya de Silva and Dunith Wellalage while only allowing four runs to scored.

“We simply chose to bowl our best innings, requested Shaheen to bowl the final two overs, and had faith in Zaman. Sri Lanka played extremely well; they played better cricket than us. According to Babar, who quoted during the post-game awards ceremony.

By putting on a 100-run third-wicket partnership, Sadeera Samarawickrama and Kusal Mendis, according to Babar, Pakistan let the Sri Lankans off the hook.

In terms of bowling and fielding, we have fallen short of expectations. That is the reason we lost the game. We didn’t bowl well in the middle overs. That alliance cost us money. The middle overs weren’t terrific, but we got off to a good start and a good finish. We haven’t had that, he continued.

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Before dismissed by Iftikhar Ahmed, Mendis scored another 91 runs. But not before giving Sri Lanka a commanding lead. Sri Lanka, with the win, advanced to their 11th Asia Cup final and are scheduled to face India in the final on Sunday, September 17. In the meantime, after nearly 40 years in the history of the Asia Cup, India and Pakistan are yet to lock horns in the final.

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