Rajapaksa scored an unbeaten 71 off 45 deliveries because the Lankan Lions set a 171-run goal for Babar Azam and Co. in Dubai on Sunday, September 11. Their bowlers then restricted the Males in Inexperienced to 147 to register a 23-run win.
Throughout a post-match dialogue on Star Sports activities, Gambhir was all reward for Rajapaksa’s knock, saying:
“Unbelievable as a result of every little thing was in opposition to him and regardless of that, for those who play so nicely, it exhibits that centuries do not matter however the runs that win you the match matter.”
Gambhir positioned the Sri Lankan southpaw’s knock on a excessive pedestal. He reasoned:
“Should you ask me, one of many prime 5 innings in T20 cricket general throughout the globe. Fairly a couple of folks have scored a number of centuries however the state of affairs from which this knock was performed, the state of affairs through which this knock was performed and the event on which this knock was performed.”
The previous India opener elaborated:
“5 batters have been dismissed, Asia Cup last, nobody had given them an opportunity and after that to take them to 170, you typically play high-risk cricket and to maintain that apart and play low-risk cricket.”
Sri Lanka have been lowered to 58/5 within the ninth over after being requested to bat first. The 30-year-old left-hander then strung collectively half-century partnerships with Wanindu Hasaranga (36) and Chamika Karunaratne (14*) to assist his aspect put up a defendable rating.
“Nobody can train that” – Gautam Gambhir on Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s final six over cowl
Whereas praising the Punjab Kings (PBKS) batter for his improved exhibiting in opposition to tempo, Gambhir was notably in awe of the final six he hit. The cricketer-turned-commentator mentioned:
“Earlier than this, it was mentioned about Bhanuka that he performs spin nicely. However right this moment the way in which he performed in opposition to the quick bowling and three quick bowlers who bowl at a velocity of greater than 140 kph, he performed until the top. The final six he hit over the covers, that’s pure capacity, nobody can train that.”
Rajapaksa struck six fours and three sixes throughout his unbeaten 71-run knock. He smoked the final ball of the Sri Lankan innings bowled by Naseem Shah over further cowl for an impressive most.
Q. Was Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s knock the most effective innings of Asia Cup 2022?