Shadab Khan's off day in the outfield hurts Pakistan


Aryan Surana

Allrounder Shadab Khan's fielding lapses in the final against Sri Lanka on Sunday cost Pakistan the Asia Cup 2022. Things were going fine for Pakistan till Sri Lanka were 58/5 and Shadab had bamboozled Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka with a wrong 'un. But Bhanuka Rajapaksa led a stunning counterattack in the company of Wanindu Hasaranga, and later, Chamika Karunaratne, the last recognised batter. Shadab parried a skier over the boundary to let Rajapaksa off the hook at 142/6 and then collided into Asif Ali, who was settling nicely underneath the ball, to bungle up another chance.