In a game-changing moment, Shadab Khan’s remarkable direct hit sent Kusal Perera packing during the Asia Cup 2023 Super Four match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
As the Asia Cup 2023 Super Four showdown unfolds on Thursday, September 14, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are engaged in a high-stakes battle. This contest stands as a virtual semi-final, where the triumphant team earns the privilege of facing India in the final clash. In the ongoing Sri Lankan chase of 252, Shadab Khan’s pinpoint direct hit sent the formidable Kusal Perera packing, granting Pakistan a crucial early breakthrough.
In a gripping moment, Perera’s brisk 17 off 8 came to an end with a run-out. As Perera hesitated on a potential single, Shadab Khan’s lightning-quick reflexes delivered a precise direct hit. Replays confirmed Perera’s dismissal, adding early drama to the Super Four clash.
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Earlier today, a rain-interrupted game first saw a toss delay, reducing it to a 45-overs-a-side contest. Further rain breaks truncated it to 42 overs. Pakistan, batting first, faced early trouble when Fakhar Zaman struggled. However, Babar Azam and Abdullah Shafique’s partnership added 64 runs before Shafique’s dismissal. Further, Mohammed Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmad’s aggressive play boosted Pakistan, amassing over 100 runs in the last 10 overs. Rizwan ended unbeaten on 86 off 73 balls. Pakistan finished at 252/7 and with revised overs, Sri Lanka needed 253 to win in 42 overs.
Last Updated on September 14, 2023
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