India demolished Sri Lanka in the final of
the 2023 Asia Cup in Colombo as Mohammed Siraj blazed through the home side’s
top order with a fiery spell of fast bowling. The pacer picked up career-best
figures of 6 for 21, including a five-fer in a joint-record 16 balls to punish
a hapless batting performance from Sri Lanka, who were skittled for 50 all-out
– their second-lowest total in ODI history.
The Men in Blue chased down the measly
total in just 6.1 overs, with Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill adding 51 for the
opening stand to give India a record-extending 8th Asia Cup title
After a delayed start caused by showers,
the Sri Lankan batting line-up imploded against the new ball, with the home
side losing six wickets inside the first six overs of the powerplay. The Indian
pacers found plenty of movement early on and made full use of the helpful
conditions. Bumrah kicked things off by nicking off Kusal Perera to KL Rahul
off the second ball of the innings before Mohammed Siraj tore through the top
order in the fourth over, picking four wickets in six deliveries.
Pathum Nissanka chipped Siraj to Jadeja at
point to kickstart the slide before Sadeera Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka
departed off successive deliveries without troubling the scorers. Dhananjaya de
Silva survived the hat-trick delivery, pushing one through the vacant mid-off
region for four, but nicked off a ball later to KL Rahul.
Siraj completed his maiden ODI five-wicket
haul in his next over, cleaning up the skipper Dasun Shanaka with an outswinger
to leave Sri Lanka in tatters at 12 for 6 after just 5.4 overs. The hosts
survived the rest of the powerplay without further damage, but Kusal Mendis
lost his middle stump in the 12th over to give Siraj his sixth scalp
and compile Sri Lanka’s misery.
Hardik Pandya wrapped up the hosts’ innings
in a hurry after Siraj’s heroics, removing Wellalage with a sharp bouncer
before picking up the final two wickets off consecutive deliveries to bowl Sri
Lanka out for just 50 – their second-lowest total in ODI history.
In reply, it took India just 37 balls to
complete the chase. Ishan Kishan opened alongside Shubman Gill, and the pair
carted nine boundaries between them to finish of the formalities in the second
innings, giving team India their biggest win in ODIs in terms of balls
remaining – 263.