Asia Cup cricket victory lifts spirits of crisis-hit Sri Lanka

by | Sep 12, 2022 | World

Sri Lankans celebrate the win as a rare moment of respite amid a dire economic crisis.Sri Lanka has burst into spontaneous celebrations as it won the Asia Cup tournament for the sixth time in the shortest form of cricket in Dubai.
Skipper Dasun Shanaka called Sunday’s Asia Cup triumph a “real turnaround” for Sri Lankan cricket ahead of the T20 World Cup, and dedicated the win to the crisis-hit nation.
Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 23 runs in the final with Bhanuka Rajapaksa hitting an unbeaten 71 and Wanindu Hasaranga starring with bat and ball.
Firecrackers burst, cars honked and fans danced at Galle Face promenade in the capital, where the tournament was televised live on a giant screen.
“This is a super surprise,” Mohamed Thimal, 24, who watched the game at Galle Face, told AFP news agency. “We didn’t expect a win because we have not won a tournament recently.”
“Very happy, very happy,” shouted Jameel Irshad, who was celebrating with friends at Galle Face, which until July was the launch pad for toppling President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over economic mismanagement as the island faced its worst economic crisis in decades.
The country is enduring hyperinflation, and lengthy power blackouts and is facing acute shortages of food, fuel and medicines after running out of foreign exchange to pay for imports since late last year.
Rajapaksa’s successor, Ranil Wickremesinghe, was among the first to congratulate the national team.
“Congratulations to the Sri Lankan cricket team on winning the Asia Cup 2022. Well played Pakistan! The second champion …

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