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Mohammed Siraj picks up six wickets as India crush Sri Lanka by 10 wickets to lift Asia Cup for 8th time India-Sri Lanka
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Mohammed Siraj picks up six wickets as India crush Sri Lanka by 10 wickets to lift Asia Cup for 8th time

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 17 Sep 2023, 06:20 pm

Riding on Mohammed Siraj's six-wicket haul and unbeaten 51-run opening stand by  Ishan Kishan (23*) and Shubman Gill (27*), India blew away Sri Lanka in a ones-died final to lift Asia Cup in Colombo on Sunday.

India bowled out Sri Lanka for 50 runs and then reached the target of 51 runs with 263 balls to spare.

Gill hammered six boundaries and Kishan gave him equal support at the other end by hitting three balls to the boundary.

He etched his name in history books, claiming four wickets to demolish Sri Lanka's batting order in his very second over of the innings.

Earlier, Siraj dominated the Indian bowling attack by picking up six wickets.

He removed Pathun Nissanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka and Dhananjaya de Silva in the 4th over to put Sri Lanka on the mat with 12/5.

In 6th over as well, Siraj was on fire cleaning up Captain Dasun Shanaka with a beauty and doing the Ronaldo celebration thereof. He also knocked over Kusal Mendis with a fast inswinger for 17 off 34 balls with three boundaries.

The Golconda Express (Siraj) ended with figures of 6/21 in 7 overs.

Jasprit Bumrah removed Kusal Perera on the third ball of the innings to provide India an early breakthrough, providing enough cannon for Siraj to fire at Sri Lanka's top-order.

Hardik Pandya took three wickets.

The tournament this year was badly affected by continuous thunderstorms and drizzling in Sri Lanka which curtailed a few games.

Sunday's final was also delayed due to rain interruptions.