Asia Cup 2023| Finals: India shattered Sri Lanka and won the cup for the 8th time

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Asia Cup 2023| Finals: India shattered Sri Lanka and won the cup for the 8th time
Asia Cup 2023| Finals: India shattered Sri Lanka and won the cup for the 8th time © Surjeet Yadav/Getty Images

The Asia Cup final was absolutely one-sided in favor of Team India, who were successful in shattering Sri Lanka's batting line up. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first, a decision they will regret for a very long time.

Bumrah took a wicket in the very first over, but that was a little wave compared to the tsunami that was about to hit Sri Lanka. Muhammed Siraj bowled the third over, and by the end of it, Sri Lanka was halfway down with a score of 12-5.

Siraj bowled flawlessly and took 4 wickets in a single over – a feat that is accomplished a by very few bowlers in the world. 12/5 led to 50/10 as Siraj and Hardik Pandya's bowling grabbed the remaining wickets. Sri Lanka had a 0.5% chance of winning the match.

The Indian openers showed no mercy and were explosive with their batting too, and chased down the low total in 6.1 overs. Thus, India won the finals and lifted the cup for the 8th time.

Post match interviews| Rohit Sharma (India's captain)

"Yeah was a great performance," Sharma said, as quoted by

"To come out and play like that in the final shows the mental character. Great start with the ball and clinical finish with the bat. I was standing in the slips, and something we take pride in - our seamers have been working really hard.

Very very clear in their mind. It was good to see that. Such a performance we will cherish for a long time. I never thought it's going to do that much. Comes down to the skillset of individuals. Siraj has to be given a lot of credit.

Rare for seamers to move the ball in the air and off the pitch. He's coming off age. We did everything we could've achieved as a team in this tournament. Look forward to the series that is coming up in India, and then the World Cup.

The way Hardik and Ishan batted in that pressure situation against Pakistan, and then KL and Virat getting hundreds. The way Gill has been batting. Guys have stood up at various stages.

Post match interviews| Dasun Shanaka (Sri Lanka's captain)

"It was outstanding bowling display from Siraj," Shanka said, as quoted by

"I thought it'll be a good pitch for batters, but overcast conditions played a part. Tough day for us at the office. We could've tightened our technique, would've helped batters to settle in and free their arms later. Lots of positives.

The way Sadeera and Kusal batted against spin, Also the way Asalanka batted. These three will score heavily in good batting conditions in India. We know how to bounce back from tough situations. We came into the final beating good sides.

It's a big plus. Players will continue good cricket from last couple of years. I would like to thank supporters who came in numbers. Sorry about the fact we disappointed you. Still thanks for the great support. And congrats to the Indian team.