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Five Asia Cup talking points include Virat Kohli's comeback and Sri Lanka's surprise

Sri Lanka surprise, Virat Kohli comeback: Five Asia Cup talking points

 DUBAI: Dasun Shanaka's Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 23 runs in Dubai on Sunday to secure their 6th Asia Cup.

AFP Sport takes a gander at five things we gained from the six-country competition, which was a forerunner for the following month's T20 World Cup in Australia.

SRI LANKA'S TRIUMPH Pundits allowed Sri Lanka little opportunity of making the Super Four after an embarrassingly uneven opening loss against Afghanistan, however five progressive successes took them to Asia Cup greatness.

Sri Lanka beat top picks India in the Super Four and afterward moved beyond Pakistan two times to give the youthful group certainty going into the T20 World Cup in Australia, where they should advance through a passing round.

However, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who hit an unbeaten 71 in the last, said he accepted a revived Sri Lanka could ride the energy of their Asia Cup win and go as far as possible in the T20 show-stopper.


Pakistan's bowling assault was without the harmed pace initiate Shaheen Shah Afridi yet another Shah, teen Naseem Shah, adapted to the situation.

The 19-year-old's express speed saw him take seven wickets in five coordinates and he was likewise a coordinate victor with the bat - - his two last-over sixes in the exhilarating win over Afghanistan brought his group into the last.

Shah closed down the Asia Cup in regular design by taking a wicket in the principal over in Sunday's conclusive, marvelously removing Kusal Mendis' off stump after Pakistan chief Babar Azam had won the throw and picked to bowl.


Virat Kohli was dropped on nothing by Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman from the second ball he looked in the Asia Cup and the previous India chief made the most of the relief.

Kohli proceeded to score 276 competition runs at a normal of 92, with his 122 not out against Afghanistan turning into his most memorable 100 years for India in any configuration since November 2019. It was likewise his initial three-figure score in a Twenty20 worldwide.

Kohli's drawn out batting droop had turned into a significant idea, however subsequent to enjoying some time off from cricket before the Asia Cup he returned revived to quiet the babble.

Kohil struck two fifties too in his five competition innings and his Asia Cup complete was just outperformed by Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan, whose 55 in the last pushed him in front with 281 runs from six matches.


Mohammad Nabi's group showed their white-ball accreditations by packaging out possible heroes Sri Lanka for 105 in the initial match, which Afghanistan won by eight wickets with almost 10 overs in excess.

Afghanistan then, at that point, pounded Bangladesh and in the Super Four gave Pakistan a powerful panic prior to going somewhere near one wicket in the last over of a cranky conflict.

The majority of the group took in their cricket in outcast camps in Pakistan and they have taken goliath steps since getting Test status in 2017.

Nabi anticipated they will "return more grounded" for the T20 World Cup where Afghanistan will be hoping to agitate the laid out cricket powers.


All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan returned as skipper after he bowed to a Bangladesh Cricket Board final offer to scrap an arrangement with a wagering site.

Be that as it may, his presence had little effect on Bangladesh's sad T20 record as they neglected to come to the Super Four subsequent to losing bunch matches to Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

Shakib returned figures of 1-13 with his left-arm turn against Afghanistan and afterward made 24 in the Sri Lanka rout, Bangladesh's fifteenth T20 misfortune in their last matches, however demanded his group had a "plan set up" to get to the next level.

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