On Sunday evening, Mohammed Siraj delivered an extraordinary performance in the all-important Asia Cup final, recording the incredible figures of 6/21 in seven overs.
This led to Sri Lanka being bowled out for just 50 runs in 15.4 overs in Colombo. After Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka chose to bat, Siraj wreaked havoc on the Sri Lankan batting order in challenging conditions. While Jasprit Bumrah took an early wicket in the innings, Siraj, in his second over, accounted for Pathum Nissanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, and Dhananjaya de Silva, taking four wickets.
While Siraj became the first Indian to take four wickets in an over in a fifty-over format, he barely missed equaling Chaminda Vaas’s world record of taking five wickets in a single over. Vaas had achieved this feat in just 2.4 overs.
Towards the end of the innings, he also dismissed Kusal Mendis for 17 runs, adding another wicket to his tally.
In the 2023 tournament, following his destructive spell against Spain, former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar – known for his lethal pace and game-changing spells even in his prime – posted a fantastic four-word message on his official Twitter account. Akhtar wrote, “That’s destruction & annihilation.”
That's destruction & annihilation.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 17, 2023
This was indeed devastating for Sri Lankan batsmen, as only two players managed to cross double figures throughout the batting order in Colombo.
The Crazy Fourth Over Siraj worked his magic in the fourth over, claiming success on deliveries 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, and 3.6. Attempting to place Nissanka’s delivery on the leg side, Ravindra Jadeja’s catch attempt went wrong, resulting in a fantastic catch by the fielder. Samarawickrama struggled against a delivery that moved slightly off the pitch after pitching, and Siraj appealed successfully without any hesitation from the umpire.
On the very next delivery, left-handed batsman Asalanka attempted a shot with minimal footwork against Siraj’s full-length delivery. Unfortunately, his uppercut found the safe hands of Ishan Kishan at cover.
De Silva successfully avoided the hat-trick but lasted only one more delivery. In an attempt to fend the ball away from his body, he ended up edging the ball behind, and Rahul took an easy catch behind the stumps.