Mohammed Siraj has spearheaded India’s remarkable victory in the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka with figures of 6/21 at the end of the match. Siraj’s fiery spell left Sri Lanka reeling, and India cruised to their eighth Asia Cup title with a resounding 10-wicket win.
Leading India’s fast-bowling attack with unmatched aggression, Siraj demolished the Sri Lankan top-order in a dazzling display at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium. Sri Lanka, who chose to bat first, could only manage a paltry 50 runs before being bowled out in just 15.2 overs. It was a performance that left Sri Lanka with their lowest-ever total against India and the second-lowest in the history of the tournament.
In response, India’s opening pair of Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan needed only 37 balls to chase down the target, securing an emphatic 10-wicket victory. This was India’s largest win in terms of balls remaining in an innings and Sri Lanka’s biggest defeat.
With this win, India reaffirmed their status as the most successful team in the Asia Cup, clinching their eighth title.
The turning point of the match was undoubtedly Mohammed Siraj’s phenomenal spell. He dismantled the Sri Lankan batting lineup by picking up an astounding four wickets in the fourth over of the game. Siraj’s victims included Pathum Nissanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, and Dhananjaya de Silva. His devastating performance saw him complete a five-for in just 16 balls, equaling the world record for the fastest five-wicket haul in ODIs.
Sri Lanka found themselves at a precarious 12/6 after Siraj’s explosive burst, and there was no recovery in sight. Hardik Pandya joined the onslaught by taking the final three wickets, ensuring all ten Sri Lankan wickets fell to the pacers.
Mohammed Siraj’s final figures of 6/21 not only made him the best fast bowler in Asia Cup history but also marked the most exceptional performance by an Indian bowler in the tournament’s history. His remarkable feat surpassed Arshad Ayub’s previous record of 5/21 against Pakistan in 1988.