Siraj’s devastating spell destroys Sri Lanka as India wins its eighth Asia Cup.

India were declared Asia Cup 2023 champions thanks to a spectacular fast bowling performance. Mohammed Siraj led the charge, destroying Sri Lanka’s top order in the final.

Sri Lanka were dismissed for 50 runs in 15.2 overs. This was their lowest tally against India, as well as their second-lowest total all time. This was the fifth-shortest completed innings in terms of the amount of overs bowled out.

In response, India chased down the target in 37 balls, winning by 10 wickets. This is India’s largest triumph in terms of the number of balls remaining in the innings, as well as Sri Lanka’s largest defeat.

With this victory, India won the Asia Cup for the eighth time and retained the title of the tournament’s most successful team.

Dasun Shanaka, Sri Lanka’s captain, won the toss and opted to bat first. However, little went Sri Lanka’s way once the two teams left the field.

The cloudy circumstances aided India’s bowlers in getting the ball to whiz around both sides. Jasprit Bumrah took first blood, eliminating Kusal Perera for a duck.

Siraj, his new-ball spell partner, though, turned the game on its head.

In the fourth over of the game, he took four wickets. Off the opening ball of the over, he had Pathum Nissanka caught at point. He then bowled Sadeera Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka off the third and fourth balls of the over, respectively. Asalanka got caught in the covers, while Samarawickrama was trapped lbw.

He had Dhananjaya de Silva caught behind off the final delivery. He followed up this miraculous over with another wicket and promptly dispatched Shanaka.

He finished with a five-for off only 16 balls. This is the fastest five-for in history (since ball-by-ball statistics has been available). He shares this honor with Sri Lanka’s Chaminda Vaas, who took five wickets off only 16 balls against Bangladesh in the 2003 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

Sri Lanka were 12/6 after Siraj’s contribution, and just as Kusal Mendis and Dunith Wellalage appeared to be settling, the fiery fast bowler struck again, breaking the budding stand and collecting his sixth wicket.

After that blazing spell, there was no turning back for Sri Lanka, as Hardik Pandya completed the formalities by taking the final three wickets and finishing with stats of 3/3. The pacers took all ten wickets in Sri Lanka’s innings.

Siraj concluded with 6/21, the highest numbers for a fast bowler in the Asia Cup since Aaqib Javed’s 5/19 against India in Sharjah in 1995.

This is also the best performance in the event by an Indian bowler. Arshad Ayub’s previous best was 5/21 against Pakistan in Dhaka in 1988.