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Mohammed Siraj’s six wickets enables India to bundle out Sri Lanka for 50; lowest total in Asia Cup


Mohammed Siraj celebrates a wicket during the Asia Cup 2023 final against Sri Lanka in Colombo on September 17, 2023.

Mohammed Siraj celebrates a wicket during the Asia Cup 2023 final against Sri Lanka in Colombo on September 17, 2023.
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After electing to bat first, Sri Lanka wobbled under some fiery bowling from the Indian bowlers as they were bowled out for 50 during the Asia Cup 2023 final in Colombo on September 17.

To be precise, this is the lowest total in the Asia Cup. The previous record was held by Bangladesh against Pakistan in 2000. They were bundled out for 87 in that match.

Jasprit Bumrah removed Kusal Perera in the first over and then it was Mohammed Siraj’s show all the way. He bowled splendidly to trouble the Sri Lankan top order batsmen and took 6 for 21.

Hardik Pandya also joined the wicket-taking spree to take 3 for 3.

Kusal Mendis was the top scorer for Sri Lanka with 17.

The home team made one change with all-rounder Dushan Hemantha coming in for injured Maheesh Theekshana.

Rain has dogged the tournament, a precursor to the ODI World Cup, and more is forecast on Sunday evening.

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Sri Lanka came in as underdogs but edged out Pakistan in their last Super Four encounter to book a meeting with India in the 50-over tournament final.

The island nation won the last Asia Cup, which was played in the T20 format.

Washington Sundar has replaced Axar Patel, who was injured in India’s loss to Bangladesh in an inconsequential Super Four match at the same venue.

Sundar, an off-spinner who bats left-handed, joined the team on Saturday.

Big guns including Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are back in the Indian team after being rested.

India, led by Rohit Sharma, are looking to extend their Asia Cup titles to eight in ODI and T20 formats.

Monday has been kept aside as a reserve day in case of rain delays.

Teams

Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (capt), Dunith Wellalage, Dushan Hemantha, Pramod Madushan, Matheesha Pathirana

India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj

Umpires: Ahmed Shah Pakteen (AFG), Richard Illingworth (ENG)

TV umpire: Chris Gaffaney (NZL)

Match referee: David Boon (AUS)

(With AFP inputs)



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