India booked a spot within the Asia Cup 2023 closing by defeating Sri Lanka of their second Tremendous 4 match, however it seemed just like the hosts would possibly simply scrape by way of and safe a win, contemplating the way in which the primary innings went. Sri Lanka spinner Dunith Wellalage ran by way of India’s top-order, bagging 5 wickets. As India had been bowled out for 213 runs, many followers messaged former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar that India had ‘mounted the sport’ and had been making an attempt to lose the match intentionally. Nonetheless, Akhtar hit again on the followers, calling out their nonsense.
“I do not know what you guys are doing. I get memes and messages saying ‘India have mounted the sport’, that they’re shedding intentionally as a way to get rid of Pakistan. Are you alright? They (Sri Lanka) are bowling their coronary heart out. Wellalalge and Asalanka bowled their coronary heart out. You noticed that 20-year-old child? He scored 43 runs and took 5 wickets. I get phonecalls from India and different nations, saying India had been shedding intentionally,” Akhtar mentioned in a video on his YouTube channel, hitting out at followers whereas lauding the battle that Sri Lanka confirmed within the recreation.
Akhtar even questioned followers why would India go on to lose the sport the place a victory would verify their development to the ultimate. The Rawalpindi Specific held particular reward for India spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who bagged 4 wickets within the recreation to spin the match in his crew’s favour.
“Why would they lose, inform me? They need to undergo to the ultimate. You find yourself making memes with none cause. It was a terrific fightback from India. The best way Kuldeep performed, it was large. Have a look at Jasprit Bumrah, take a look at the battle whereas defending a small whole,” Akhtar mentioned.
The Pakistan legend even criticised Babar Azam’s crew for the ‘lack of battle’ they confirmed within the final match in opposition to India. He even questioned the health of pacers Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi.
“Wellalage, a 20-year-old child, is displaying battle. He’s batting and bowling, doing all he can. Our gamers (Pakistan) could not present this battle. Our quick bowlers do not play. When was the final they performed 25-30 ODIs at a stretch? Then we anticipate Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah to ship 10 overs and never get injured. I would like the battle again from Pakistan. This was humiliating,” Akhtar asserted.
With India already by way of to the ultimate, Pakistan would wish to beat Sri Lanka of their subsequent match if they’re to seal the second spot within the title-deciding contest.
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