In a one-sided final clash at the R.Premadasa Stadium, India produced a clinical performance to decimate Sri Lanka and claim their 8th Asia Cup title in style. It was a day to forget for Sri Lanka as they were bundled out for a mere 50 runs, setting up an easy target for India.
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first, a decision they would soon regret. Their innings turned into a nightmare as Indian bowlers led by Mohammed Siraj wreaked havoc. Sri Lanka’s top order crumbled under the relentless pressure from the Indian bowlers. Kusal Mendis was the highest scorer with 17 runs. Sri Lanka was eventually bowled out for just 50 runs in 15.2 overs.
Siraj was the standout performer with the ball, scalping an incredible 6 wickets for just 21 runs in his 7-over spell. He was well supported by Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya, who chipped in 2 and 3 wickets respectively.
A 10-wicket victory for Team India
Chasing a modest target of 51 runs, the Indian openers, Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill, displayed composure and confidence. They reached the target comfortably in just 6.1 overs without losing a wicket. Kishan contributed 23 runs, while Shubman scored 27 runs, guiding India to a resounding 10-wicket victory.
Player of the Match: Mohammed Siraj
India’s victory also set a new record for the biggest win in an ODI final in terms of balls remaining, with 263 balls left in their innings, surpassing the previous record of 226 balls.
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With this remarkable win, India have once again shown their prowess in limited-overs cricket and will carry this momentum into future competitions. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will have to regroup and rebuild after a disappointing performance in the final.
Here are some best tweets from the Asia Cup 2023 final:
Too good. 21 overs in the match and done and dusted. Mohammad Siraj was simply outstanding and we have peaked at the right time before the World Cup. Congratulations Team on winning the Asia Cup. #BHAvsSL pic.twitter.com/CQmj1gXimG
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 17, 2023
Fantastic victory for Team India. Winning the Asia Cup just before the World Cup will give a big boost to the team. Well done boys. Siraj, you were unplayable today. #AsiaCupFinals #IndvSL pic.twitter.com/TgLylnoLNS
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) September 17, 2023
Take a bow Mohammad Siraj 👏🏼 #AsiaCup #INDvSL
— Hassan Ali 🇵🇰 (@RealHa55an) September 17, 2023
𝐖𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐀 𝐖𝐈𝐍!!! 🏏🔥🇮🇳
Possibly the finest performance in an #AsiaCup final by TEAM INDIA! 🇮🇳
Ruthless, dominant, sensational, heroic cricket!
WE ARE THE 𝐂𝐇𝐀𝐌𝐏𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒 OF 𝐀𝐒𝐈𝐀!🏆
JAI HIND!! 🇮🇳🔥🏏#Siraj #AsiaCup23 #IndvSL #IndVsSL #AsiaCupFinal #50AllOut pic.twitter.com/1VGa09gScK
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) September 17, 2023
Padosi abhi bhi Awaz Karne ki Koshish Kar rahe hai, Lekin Colombo Tak unki Awaaz pahoch nahi rahi hai. #Sunday
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 17, 2023
Biggest wins in an ODI final (balls remaining):
263: IND vs SL – Colombo, 2023
226: Aus vs ENG – Sydney, 2003
179: AUS vs PAK – Lord’s, 1999 pic.twitter.com/fVhCgB0YK3
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) September 17, 2023
Congratulations to #TeamIndia on clinching the Asia Cup championship! 🏆 A sensational display of cricketing prowess and team spirit. 🇮🇳
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) September 17, 2023
A championship-winning spell! 🤩
Take a bow, Mohammed Siraj! 💙#AsiaCup2023 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/JNv1poeoZv
— AsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) September 17, 2023
Siraj is underrated as a bowler. Bowls at a good length & gets enough movement, economical & gets wickets! Great start for India. #IndvSL
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) September 17, 2023
On the day of Siraj’s match-winning 6/21, recall his 0/76 on his debut. It’s not about how you start it’s about how you comeback. Siraj teaches everyone a lesson.#Siraj #AsiaCupFinal pic.twitter.com/Ujp4bvXwPK
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 17, 2023
ℂℍ𝔸𝕄ℙ𝕀𝕆ℕ𝕊 OF 𝐀𝐒𝐈𝐀 🏆#OneFamily #AsiaCup2023 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/jOr6Ov3GEr
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) September 17, 2023
Sri Lanka was no match for India’s might today.
Well done #TeamIndia 🇮🇳@mdsirajofficial’s 6 at Colombo will be remembered for a long time!#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/Ze02CBDfC5
— DK (@DineshKarthik) September 17, 2023
Blink and it’s over!! Team India couldn’t have asked for a better win. @mdsirajofficial walked all over the reigning champions and India seals a thumping win to lift the Asia Cup for the 8th time 🔥 Sheer cricketing brilliance!! Congratulations 👏🏾#IndvSL #AsiaCupFinal2023 pic.twitter.com/WX3iYxrvjE
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) September 17, 2023
Biggest ODI wins for India (balls remaining):
263 vs SL, Colombo – 2023
231 vs Kenya, Bloemfontein – 2001
211 vs West Indies, Trivandrum – 2018
188 vs England, The Oval – 2022#TeamIndia #AsiaCup2023 #INDvsSL pic.twitter.com/Ft73XdLamQ
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) September 17, 2023
Congratulations @BCCI on winning #AsiaCupFinal2023 shout out for @mdsirajofficial for a magnificent spell of fast bowling 6 wickets in the final 👏🏼👏🏼👍🏼. pic.twitter.com/FN2hb1NiWQ
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) September 17, 2023
Clinical win for Team India. Siraj was exceptional and many boxes ticked for us. Congratulations @BCCI on winning the Asia Cup #IndvsSL pic.twitter.com/tTABjPNh61
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) September 17, 2023
That’s destruction & annihilation.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 17, 2023
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