Team India secured victory in the Asia Cup 2023, triumphing over Sri Lanka by ten wickets at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium on September 17. Mohammed Siraj emerged as the standout performer of the match, delivering a phenomenal bowling spell that earned him figures of 6/21. The cricketing community has showered praise on the star fast bowler for his outstanding display in the summit clash, and the latest to commend him is Indian film director SS Rajamouli.
Rajamouli expressed his admiration for Mohammed Siraj through his official social media account, acknowledging the cricketer’s remarkable achievements. “Siraj Miyan, Our Tolichowki boy shines at the Asia Cup final with 6 wickets… And has a big heart, running to long-on to stop the boundary off his own bowling…,” he wrote.
Siraj Miyan, Our Tolichowki boy shines at the Asia Cup final with 6 wickets…👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
And has a big heart, running to long-on to stop the boundary off his own bowling… 🤗🤗🤗
— rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) September 17, 2023
In the final match, Sri Lanka’s captain, Dasun Shanaka, won the toss and elected to bat first. However, their decision quickly backfired as they were dismissed for a meager score of 50 runs in just 15.2 overs, largely due to the brilliant bowling performances of Mohammed Siraj and Hardik Pandya. Jasprit Bumrah, India’s premier pacer, provided the initial breakthrough by dismissing opener Kusal Perera for a two-ball duck.
Following Bumrah’s breakthrough, Mohammed Siraj entered the attack and delivered a masterclass by taking four wickets in the fourth over of the game. He dismissed Pathum Nissanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, and Dhananjaya de Silva in quick succession.
The 28-year-old continued to make an impact by removing Sri Lankan captain Shanaka and wicketkeeper-batter Kusal Mendis, ultimately claiming a total of six wickets. Hardik Pandya complemented Siraj’s performance by taking three wickets, contributing to Sri Lanka’s downfall.
India’s opening pair of Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill comfortably chased down the target in the seventh over, securing a ten-wicket victory with a remarkable 263 balls to spare. This victory marked India’s eighth title in the continental championship, with seven titles in ODIs and one in the T20I format.