Fans React After Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s Powerful Show vs Pakistan In Asia Cup 2022 Final

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Fans React After Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s Powerful Show vs Pakistan In Asia Cup 2022 Final

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After Sri Lanka had been bowled out for 105 in their first game of Asia Cup 2022, against Afghanistan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa said that it was a shameful performance.

From thereon, however, Sri Lanka picked up on a spirited run which saw them defeat Bangladesh, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan to enter the Asia Cup 2022 final, their chance to win the trophy since 2014. Rajapaksa contributed with scores of 31, 25* and 24 in the last three matches.

However, on Sunday in the final against Pakistan in Dubai, Sri Lanka once again were staring down at being bowled out for a below-par score when they were reduced to 58/5 in 9 overs. This time, though, not only did Rajapaksa bail them out of trouble but also powered them to a par total of 170.

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Bhanuka Rajapaksa carries Sri Lanka innings in the final

The burly left-hander smoked 6 fours and 3 sixes in his entertaining innings to finish with 71* off 45 balls, and shared a crucial, match-turning stands of 58 (36) with Hasaranga, who scored 36 off 21, and after that of 54 (31) with Karunaratne, who held his end with a run-a-ball 14.

Such was the fear of Rajapaksa’s powerful muscle and his six-hitting prowess that Babar Azam didn’t bowl an in-form left-arm spinner in Mohammad Nawaz to Rajapaksa despite the presence of a right-hander - Hasaranga - at one end.

At the 10-over mark, Sri Lanka were 67/5; in the next 10 overs, they walloped 103 runs for the loss of only Hasaranga’s wicket. It was a stunning exhibition of power-hitting from Rajapaksa, and some delicate and smartly placed shots from Hasaranga that allowed the Lankans to first remain alive and also come back in the game.

Fans on Twitter went crazy looking at this marvellous assault from Bhanuka Rajapaksa leaving them gobsmacked even though they had seen similar batting from the southpaw in the IPL 2022 for Punjab Kings. 

Here are some of the best reactions to Bhanuka Rajapaksa's astonishing knock in the final: