This is India's seventh Asia Cup title and also their biggest victory (263 balls) in ODIs in terms of balls remaining. This was India's first title in a multi-nation event after their triumph in the Asia Cup 2018, and in a way, it also exorcised the ghost of India's 54 all out against Lanka in the Coca Cola Champions Trophy at Sharjah in 2000.
Mohammed Siraj bowled a terrific six-wicket spell helping India eventually outplay Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the final of Asia Cup 2023 at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday. India registered a record-extending 8th Asia Cup title. With the help of Siraj's 6 for 21 in 7 overs, Hardik Pandya picked up the remaining crumbs of the Lankan innings with a three-wicket haul (3/3).
The Rohit Sharma-led side bundled out Sri Lanka for 50 runs after skipper Dasun Shanaka won the toss and opted to bat. Siraj picked his first five wickets in 16 balls which is also the joint fastest in ODI cricket history. Jasprit Bumrah landed the first blow before Siraj took over and didn't let the opponents settle down. In the paltry chase, Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan comfortably took India home in 6.1.
The match at Premadasa, forever, will be remembered for the way Siraj reduced the Lankan top-order to mere puppets of his sorcery. Perhaps, he was destined to have a day like this, said the Hyderabadi. "You get what's in our destiny, today it was my destiny," Siraj summed up the mood while talking to broadcasters in the mid-innings break.