Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 23 runs in the Asia Cup 2022 final to win the trophy for the sixth time. Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl first but the team could not chase down the target of 171 runs.
Despite having several big hitters in the batting order, Pakistan failed to score quickly in the final overs and were bowled out for 147 in 20 overs.
After Pakistan’s defeat, some experts criticized the poor performance of the players. Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar criticized wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan for slow batting and not finishing the game.
Rizwan can’t finish the game – Shoaib Akhtar
Mohammad Rizwan scored 55 runs off 49 balls. His strike rate is a little over 112. When he tried to score early, he was dismissed, putting the team under pressure. Akhtar questioned Pakistan’s team selection and criticized Rizwan’s failure to complete the innings after spending time in the middle.
“Are we playing the wrong team again and again? Mohammad Rizwan is a question mark because he can’t finish the game, he needs support from others. He played an innings of runs on one ball and after that if he If they don’t finish the match then there will be problem. So I think Pakistan played very bad cricket, they should have won the toss and batted first. I don’t know what was their plan? Akhtar said on his YouTube channel.
Sri Lanka proved themselves to be the best team of the tournament – Shoaib Akhtar
“What a great country Sri Lanka is, look at what they have been through for the last six months or so. They managed to come here and show the world that they are the best in the tournament despite India and Pakistan. I am very happy for Sri Lanka, Val Dunn. I am very happy for Afghanistan, they also played good cricket, but unfortunately they lost to us (Pakistan). he added.
Akhtar was also critical of Pakistan captain Babar Azam, who struggled with the bat throughout the tournament and failed to score a half-century.
“But, Pakistan leaked too many runs with the ball. Babar Azam could not score runs in the entire tournament. Class Class Class, let alone class. Your class is only visible when you are in the form. He is trying to hit from the first ball. Secondly, Fakhr Zaman does not know what has happened to him. And Iftikhar Ahmed continued to play a run-a-ball innings. he added.
Akhtar, who spoke highly of Sri Lanka, wished Dasan Shanaka and co. He said that he played solid cricket and showed resilience.
A very poor overall performance by Pakistan’s bowlers and batsmen. Sri Lanka, you fully deserve this win, you are the best team in the tournament and you are going to be the best country in the world. My best wishes are with you as you showed resilience and played solid cricket. he added.
Rizwan ended the tournament by scoring the most runs. He played a total of six matches and scored 281 runs at an average of 56.20 with the help of three fifties. However, his strike rate of 117.57 was criticized throughout the tournament.
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