India made history at the Asia Cup 2023 when Rohit Sharma and company won the highly anticipated trophy for a record-breaking eighth time on Sunday. The India team, led by Mohammed Siraj, destroyed Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the Asia Cup Crown in 2023 championship match at Colombo’s illustrious R. Premadasa Stadium. In the final match, Indian won the match in just 6.1 overs.
Pacer Siraj made light of the Sri Lankan batting attack that eliminated Pakistan from the Asia Cup at the Super 4 stage by writing history in the decisive match of the continental competition. The quick spinner made Indian history by taking four wickets in a single over. In the Asia Cup 2023, the Virat Kohli-led Team India broke numerous records thanks to Siraj’s fast-bowling mastery.
The Second-Lowest Score
Sri Lanka was bowled out for the second-lowest score in ODI history by Rohit’s Team India. In the 2012 ODI encounter in Paarl, South Africa dismissed the Lankan Lions for 43. In terms of remaining balls, Team India’s 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka was the largest ODI victory. India defeated Sri Lanka in 6.1 overs with 263 balls left. India’s previous record was set in Bloemfontein 2001 when the Men in Blue hammered Kenya with 231 balls remaining.
India’s second 10-wicket victory in a championship came from its thrashing of Sri Lanka. In the 1998 Sharjah final, India had earlier defeated Zimbabwe by a margin of 10 wickets. The Asia Cup final was bowled with just 129 balls. In terms of balls bowled, the summit match that just ended is the third-shortest ODI match. In 15.2 overs, Sri Lanka collapsed for 50 runs, while India finished off the title-winning chase in just 37 deliveries.
Runs, Records and Rain
The low total Sri Lanka scored also gave India the opportunity to make further history in the 50-over format. India has never lost an ODI cricket match by dismissing a team for less than 50 runs. The previous-lowest total was scored by Sri Lanka (54) against India in the 2000 Champions Trophy.
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The Asia Cup final took place on a Sunday in Colombo, where the Sri Lankan captain, Dasun Shanakawon, took the toss and chose to bat. Little did he know that this decision would lead to a catastrophe for his team. Mohammed Siraj, the relentless fast bowler, bowled an inspired spell that left Sri Lanka bewildered. Sri Lanka’s innings crumbled like a house of cards, with five batsmen dismissed without a single run on the board.
Siraj’s mesmerizing performance felt like a dream, not only for him but also for cricket enthusiasts worldwide. His ability to swing the ball away from the batsmen, coupled with his impeccable line and length, made him an unstoppable force.
The Triumph of Siraj
For Mohammed Siraj, this moment was the culmination of an incredible journey. Hailing from a modest background in Hyderabad, Siraj’s ascent to cricketing stardom is the stuff of legends. He has consistently proven his mettle across formats for the Indian cricket team and displayed extraordinary mental strength, particularly during the series in Melbourne shortly after his father’s passing.
His statistics speak volumes, especially in the 50-over format, where he boasts an impressive 53 wickets in just 29 matches at an astonishing average of 19.11. These figures even surpass the renowned Jasprit Bumrah. In 2023, no pacer from any full-member team has taken more wickets than Siraj’s 29, emphasizing his dominance.
While Siraj humbly attributes his success to destiny, his performances show that there’s more to it than just fate. The ability to deliver under pressure, especially in crucial matches, requires a unique blend of skill, dedication, and heart—qualities that Siraj possesses in abundance.
In Colombo, Siraj reiterated the importance of destiny, stating, “You only get what is in your destiny, not more, however hard you try.” He dedicated his man-of-the-match prize money to the groundsmen who worked tirelessly during the rain-affected tournament, showcasing his humility and gratitude.
Siraj’s remarkable spell in the Asia Cup final began with an over that was as unlucky as it was sensational. He repeatedly beat the outside edge of Kusal Mendis, Sri Lanka’s in-form batsman. As Siraj finished that over, the whole stadium sighed in relief, thinking that the storm had passed. Little did they know that the real thunder was yet to come.
Mohammed Siraj’s dream-like performance in the Asia Cup final will be remembered as a defining moment in his career and Indian cricket history. Siraj became the first Indian bowler to claim four wickets in a single over. His journey from a humble background to becoming one of the most feared fast bowlers in the world exemplifies the power of determination and destiny. As India celebrates its record-extending 8th Asia Cup victory, the nation looks forward to witnessing more magical moments from this remarkable cricketer, who has truly become an inspiration to aspiring athletes worldwide.
The Third Shortest ODI
India’s dominance wasn’t limited to the match result alone. Rohit’s Team India bowled out Sri Lanka for a mere 50 runs, marking the second-lowest total in the history of ODI cricket for the Lankan Lions. The previous record low was set in 2012 when South Africa dismissed Sri Lanka for 43. India’s 10-wicket win, achieved with a staggering 263 balls left to spare, stands as their largest ODI victory in terms of balls remaining, surpassing their earlier record against Kenya in 2001.
India’s annihilation of Sri Lanka also marked their second 10-wicket win in a final, with the previous occurrence happening in the 1998 Sharjah final against Zimbabwe. The Asia Cup final became the third shortest ODI game in terms of balls bowled, with only 129 balls being bowled in the entire match. Sri Lanka’s paltry total of 50 runs allowed India to establish another record, as it was the lowest-ever total by a team dismissed by India in ODI cricket. Sri Lanka’s previous lowest score against India was 54 runs in the 2000 Champions Trophy.
The Asia Cup 2023 was a saga of Indian cricketing dominance, featuring unforgettable performances by Mohammed Siraj and the Indian team. Records tumbled, and history was rewritten as India celebrated their eighth Asia Cup victory. The 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka showcased the ruthless efficiency of Rohit Sharma’s squad and will be remembered as one of India’s most remarkable triumphs in ODI cricket. As the cricketing world applauds India’s stellar performance, it’s evident that the nation’s cricketing prowess continues to reach new heights, promising more exciting moments for fans in the future.