Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj claimed career-best figures of 6-21 while all-rounder Hardik Pandya took three wickets to bowl out Sri Lanka for 50 runs in the final of the Asia Cup at Colombo’s R. Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.
It’s the lowest total in an ODI final and Sri Lanka’s second-lowest total after its 43 all out against South Africa in Paarl in 2011.
It was also Sri Lanka’s lowest total at home with the previous lowest being the 98 all out against South Africa at the same venue in 1993.
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It is also the lowest total in the history of Asia Cups.
Jasprit Bumrah had opening batter Kusal Perera caught behind for no score in the first over of the innings and then Siraj took over, claiming four wickets in his second over, becoming the first Indian bowler to do so.
Pathum Nissanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka and Dhananjaya de Silva all fell in the space of six deliveries as Siraj wrecked Sri Lanka’s innings in a manic over.
Siraj then bowled captain Dasun Shanaka in his next over to reduce Sri Lanka to 12 for six. He had a sixth wicket by cleaning up Kusal Mendis.
Mendis’ 17 was the top scorer in Sri Lanka’s innings in a dismal display as five batters were dismissed without scoring.
Siraj’s 6-21 is now the fourth-best bowling figures by an Indian bowler in ODI cricket.
Sri Lanka had opted to bowl first on a wicket that was expected to assist spin bowling, but it was the Indian quicks who ran through the Sri Lankan batting in front of a full house of 35,000 fans.
Sri Lanka and India had progressed to the Asia Cup finals while Pakistan and Bangladesh were knocked out in the Super Four stage. Afghanistan and Nepal failed to get beyond the first round.