The India vs Sri Lanka result in the Asia Cup final turned out to be far more lopsided than predicted as India annihilated Sri Lanka by 10 wickets.
Led by Mohammed Siraj, India put on a ruthless display at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo to lift their eighth Asia Cup title.
The home side won the toss and opted to bat first but had the worst possible start with Kusal Perera nicking behind off Jasprit Bumrah on the third ball of the innings. What followed was one of the most sensational spells of fast bowling by Siraj.
Some of the batting from Sri Lankan batters was pretty ordinary, with only two of the players making double digits.
Siraj finished with 6 for 21 while Hardik Pandya snared three wickets as India bowled out Sri Lanka for just 50. With a small target to chase, India sent Ishan Kishan to open alongside Shubman Gill and the pair chased down the target in 6.1 overs.
India vs Sri Lanka result: India win by 10 wickets
India were simply too good for Sri Lanka in the final as they have been in recent memory. Winning the Asia Cup would be just the confidence and momentum they needed going into a home World Cup.
- Siraj ripped apart the Sri Lankan batting with the new ball, picking a 5-for in his first 16 balls – the joint fastest.
- Siraj became only the second bowler to take a six-wicket haul in the men's ODI Asia Cup final.
- Sri Lanka's was the 10th-lowest total in men's ODI history.
- India won the match with 263 balls to spare.
Man of the match | India vs Sri Lanka result
Siraj was awarded the ‘Man of the Match' for his fire-breathing spell of 6 for 21 in seven overs. All six victims were from the Sri Lanka top seven. He had an underwhelming tournament until the final, where he turned up in a big way. Siraj claimed five wickets in just 16 deliveries to reduce Sri Lanka to 12/6 and later knocked over Kusal Mendis.
India vs Sri Lanka final scorecard
Sri Lanka batting
|Dhananjaya de Silva||4||2||1||0||200.00|
Total: 50 in 15.2 overs
Total: 51/0 in 6.1 overs.
- India: Mohammed Siraj 6/21, Hardik Pandya 3/3, Jasprit Bumrah 1/23