Records tumble as Siraj and Pandya engineer Sri Lanka’s collapse in Asia Cup Final

Cricket aficionados witnessed a historic spectacle during the Asia Cup Final as India’s Mohammad Siraj etched his name in the record books with a breathtaking bowling performance that left Sri Lanka in shambles. This remarkable display resulted in Sri Lanka being bowled out for their lowest-ever One Day International (ODI) total against India, an outcome that will be etched in cricketing memory for years to come.

The initial breakthrough for India was orchestrated by the ever-reliable Jasprit Bumrah, who dismissed the dangerous Kusal Perera early in the innings. However, it was Mohammad Siraj who emerged as the true hero of the day, creating havoc in the Sri Lankan lineup with his extraordinary spell of bowling.

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Siraj’s exhibition of seam and swing bowling was nothing short of sensational. He extracted remarkable movement off the pitch, rendering the Sri Lankan batsmen helpless against the swinging and seaming ball. The new ball was his canvas, and he painted a masterpiece with it. Sri Lanka’s top-order found themselves ensnared in a quagmire, unable to decipher Siraj’s deliveries.

As the match progressed, records tumbled, and Siraj’s name soared. He concluded his spell with a staggering six wickets to his credit, a feat that will be celebrated for generations of cricket fans. What was particularly remarkable was the one over where he scalped four wickets, turning the tide of the game within the span of just six breathtaking deliveries.

Not to be outdone, Hardik Pandya joined the party with his incisive bowling, clinching three crucial wickets. The relentless assault on the Sri Lankan batting lineup resulted in them being bundled out for a paltry total of 50 runs, a score that hardly seemed defendable.

With such a meager target to chase, the question that loomed large was how quickly India could seal their victory. The stage was set for India to assert their dominance and secure a resounding triumph, all thanks to the sensational bowling exploits of Siraj and Pandya.

As the match concluded, the cricketing world marveled at the records that were shattered during this historic encounter. From the fewest overs by which a Full Member team was bowled out to Siraj’s personal best figures against Sri Lanka in an ODI, this Asia Cup Final will be remembered as a day when cricket’s record books were rewritten.

RECORDS UPDATED (as per Cricbuzz):

All out in fewest overs by a Full Member team

13.5 Zim vs Afg Harare 2017
15.2 SL vs Ind Colombo RPS 2023 *
15.4 Zim vs SL Colombo RPS 2001
16.5 SL vs Pak Sharjah 2002
15.2 overs is the fewest overs in which a team has been bowled out in an ODI final surpassing Sri Lanka’s 16.5 overs against Pakistan in Sharjah in 2002.

 

All ten wickets in an innings by pacers in Asia Cup ODIs
Pak vs Ind Pallekele 2023
Ind vs SL Colombo RPS 2023

Lowest ODI totals for SL
43 vs SA Paarl 2012
50 vs Ind Colombo RPS 2023
55 vs WI Sharjah 1986
67 vs Eng Manchester 2014
73 vs Ind Trivandrum 2023

STAT: Siraj’s 6/21 is the best figures against Sri Lanka in an ODI, surpassing Waqar Younis’ 6/26 in Sharjah in 1990.

Best ODI figures for India
6/4 Stuart Binny vs Ban Mirpur 2014
6/12 Anil Kumble vs WI Kolkata 1993
6/19 Jasprit Bumrah vs Eng The Oval 2022
6/21 Mohd Siraj vs SL Colombo RPS 2023

Lowest totals in an ODI final
50 SL vs Ind Colombo RPS 2023 *
54 Ind vs SL Sharjah 2000
78 SL vs Pak Sharjah 2002
81 Oman vs Namibia Windhoek 2019

Lowest ODI totals against India
50 by SL Colombo RPS 2023 *
58 by Ban Mirpur 2014
65 by Zim Harare 2005
73 by SL Trivandrum 2023