India beat Sri Lanka by 41 runs to book their place in the Asia Cup 2023 final. It was an important game for both teams, as the winner would have qualified for the final.
It was a low-scoring thriller filled with twists and turns. India started the game positively and hammered Lankan bowlers in the powerplay. However, Dunith Wellalege turned the course of the game and picked up a fifer, which restricted India’s score to 213 runs.
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In return, Sri Lanka had a slow start and lost several wickets, but a 63-run stand between Dhanajaya de Silva and Dunith Wellalega looked like they would steal the win from India’s hand.
When the situation was tense and it looked like the match was slipping from India’s hand, several Pakistani fans alleged that India deliberately tried to lose the game so that Pakistan would get knocked out of the Asia Cup.
If India had lost the game, Sri Lanka would have been the finalist. Meanwhile, a win against Bangladesh for India would have ensured their place in the final as well.
In the latest events, Shoaib Akhtar has slammed such fans and remarked, “Are you out of your mind? What has happened to people? I see there are memes that India tried to lose the game, why would they? You should see how well Asalanka and Wellalage bowled. Why will they want to lose so that Pakistan goes out?”