Pakistan and Sri Lanka played the virtual semi-final at Asia Cup 2023 on Thursday where the Islanders managed to claim a nail-biting win by 2 wickets. The thrilling triumph advanced Sri Lanka to the tournament’s final where they will lock horns with Team India. The summit clash will be played in Colombo on Sunday, September 17.
As cricket enthusiasts witnessed a thrilling encounter on the field, they were simultaneously treated to a flurry of humorous and entertaining memes that took the internet by storm. The clash between the two cricketing giants may have ended with Sri Lanka triumphing by 2 wickets, but it was the virtual arena of memes that captured the imagination of fans and provided a delightful dose of levity amid the sporting intensity.
Here are some of the funniest memes:
— जेंटल मैन (@gentleman07_) September 14, 2023
Good Morning. It’s tough fight on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/OXCqjp4z8x
— Raghav Masoom (@comedibanda) September 15, 2023
some pak bowler spotted going back home to rawalpindi via bus pic.twitter.com/oPiTzKSgWp
— Neeche Se Topper (@NeecheSeTopper) September 14, 2023
— 🐰 (@firki07) September 14, 2023
— Pulkit🇮🇳 (@pulkit5Dx) September 14, 2023
— Komedi Wali 🥳 (@vegetarianmee) September 14, 2023
— अजमेरी (@ajmeripoet) September 14, 2023
— Avinash Ahuja (@Siimplyavinash) September 14, 2023
Babar Azam 😹 pic.twitter.com/x5X0uju6Hu
— Gagan🇮🇳 (@1no_aalsi_) September 14, 2023
— Rajabets 🇮🇳👑 (@smileagainraja) September 14, 2023
The host is flying back to their country after getting knocked out pic.twitter.com/zqTbgGPBtB
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) September 15, 2023
Shahnawaz Dahani pic.twitter.com/lw3o7D1sdH
— Kaajukatla (@kaajukatla) September 15, 2023
Ab iska return ticket bhi katwana padega https://t.co/rY6gh6ByQN pic.twitter.com/bKxPNo4NC4
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) September 14, 2023
— Abhishek (@be_mewadi) September 15, 2023
Asia Cup final pic.twitter.com/L25yFJxLfu
— Desi Bhayo (@desi_bhayo88) September 14, 2023
Virat Kohli preparing for next India pak match pic.twitter.com/BhdxUqi6mm
— Savage 2.0 (@Meme_Canteen) September 14, 2023
— Arun Lol (@dhaikilokatweet) September 14, 2023
India 🤝 Sri Lanka pic.twitter.com/G96nWqOU7T
— R A T N I S H (@LoyalSachinFan) September 14, 2023
Rizwan leads Pakistan to a decent total
Speaking about the game, Pakistan, after winning the toss and electing to bat, posted a competitive total of 252/7 in their allotted 42 overs. Key contributions came from Mohammad Rizwan, who scored a brilliant 86 runs off 73 balls, and Abdullah Shafique, who scored a steady 52 runs off 69 deliveries. Iftikhar Ahmed’s quick 47 off 40 balls boosted Pakistan’s total.
However, Sri Lanka’s bowlers put up a commendable effort, with Matheesha Pathirana being the standout performer, taking three crucial wickets for 65 runs in his eight overs.
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Kusal Mendis drive Sri Lanka to the final
In response, Sri Lanka faced an equally challenging task. Kusal Mendis was the hero of their innings, scoring a match-winning 91 runs off 87 balls, which included eight fours and one six. Mendis’ performance was complemented by Sadeera Samarawickrama (48) and Charith Asalanka (49), who played crucial supporting roles.
Pakistan’s bowlers, led by Shaheen Afridi with two wickets, tried their best to defend their total. However, Sri Lanka managed to reach the target, albeit with some nail-biting moments along the way. Mendis’ match-defining innings earned him the well-deserved Player of the Match award.
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