Cricket fans worldwide play a pivotal role in making cricket one of the most beloved sports on the planet. Their unwavering support not only boosts team morale but also transforms them into the “12th players” on the field. Such passionate fan support was vividly displayed as Sri Lanka triumphed over Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 match. One fan’s ecstatic celebration captured the hearts of cricket enthusiasts on social media.
The closing moments of the Asia Cup match on Thursday were filled with tension, as Sri Lanka needed 6 runs from 2 balls to secure their spot in the final. In a nail-biting finish, a fan, erupted in jubilation as Charith Asalanka struck the winning runs for his team. The ensuing celebration was nothing short of spectacular, demonstrating the enduring passion, even when they are thousands of kilometers away from home.
Asalanka, the hero of the match with his unbeaten 49 runs, shared his thoughts on his innings, calling it the second-best performance of his career.
“Since there is a large field, I just focused on how to identify the gap and run aggressively. We’ll aim to get two runs, I told Matheesha. I was thinking about two things. I assumed he would bowl a bouncer if not a yorker. He tried a slower one instead and that was favourable for me. It still makes me incredibly happy. Kusal and Sadeera performed exceptionally well and provided the foundation. Given my position on the squad, I had intended to see the game through. This is my best ODI knock, I rank it second” he exclaimed.
Sri Lanka has showcased remarkable performances throughout the Asia Cup. Despite their loss to India in the previous match, the co-hosts of the tournament received widespread acclaim for their determined efforts.
As they head into the final on Sunday, Sri Lanka aims to secure their second consecutive Asia Cup title.