In a one-sided contest at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, India, under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, secured their eighth Asia Cup title in a commanding fashion. Facing Sri Lanka in the summit clash, India clinched victory with ten wickets to spare, capping off a remarkable campaign.
India’s clinical chase and Sri Lanka’s struggles
In the final match, Sri Lanka’s captain, Dasun Shanaka, won the toss and elected to bat first. However, Sri Lanka’s batting lineup faltered, managing to score only 50 runs before being bowled out. Mohammed Siraj was the chief architect of destruction as he finished with the remarable figures of 6/21. India’s response was swift and aggressive, with a new opening pair of Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill. Their attacking approach paid dividends as they chased down the target in a mere 6.1 overs, securing India’s eighth Asia Cup title in style. Kishan remained unbeaten at 23, while Gill contributed 27* to seal the emphatic victory.
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Rohit Sharma’s passport mishap adds humour to India’s triumph
While the triumph on the field was resounding, an amusing incident involving Rohit off the field provided a lighthearted moment. A viral video captured Rohit realizing that he had left his passport in the team hotel at the last minute. His teammates playfully teased him, and the 36-year-old had to rely on a support staff member to retrieve his passport, leading to cheerful laughter among the team.
Here’s the video:
— Ankan Kar (@AnkanKar) September 17, 2023
Rohit Sharma’s stellar performance in the tournament
Turning the spotlight back to Rohit’s performance in the tournament, he excelled both as a captain and a batter. He demonstrated remarkable consistency by scoring three consecutive half-centuries in five innings out of six matches. Rohit’s leadership skills and batting skills were instrumental in India’s victory. With this win, he equaled the record held by Dhoni and Azharuddin for winning the Asia Cup twice.
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