The Asia Cup 2023 has been a rollercoaster of emotions for cricket fans around the world, and it’s now almost reached its climax, with Sri Lanka securing a spot in the final against India. However, the Islander’s journey to the final has been marred by a significant injury setback to one of their key players during the Super 4s clash against Pakistan that has left the Sri Lankan camp anxious and uncertain about their prospects in the final showdown.
A nail-biting Super 4s clash between Pakistan and Sri Lanka
The Super 4s clash of the Asia Cup 2023 between Sri Lanka and Pakistan will be etched in the memories of fans for years to come. The nail-biting encounter that went down to the wire saw Sri Lanka pull off a sensational two-wicket victory over the Green Team via the DLS method. The rain-reduced match had everyone on the edge of their seats, but the defending champions held their nerve to secure a berth in the final of the continental event.
The cost of victory: Maheesh Theekshana’s injury
While the victory was sweet, it came at a cost that could potentially haunt the Sri Lankan team as they prepare to face India in the final. The injury in question occurred to none other than spinner Maheesh Theekshana, a pivotal player in the Sri Lankan squad.
Theekshana, who had been performing exceptionally well throughout the tournament, found himself in a perilous situation during the clash against Pakistan. The spinner had been on fire, conceding just 14 runs in his first five overs, but the disaster struck in the later stages of the game, where he was seen hobbling off the field with support. It was a moment of agony for the young spinner and a major cause for concern for Sri Lanka.
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Sri Lanka Cricket’s confirmation of Maheesh Theekshana’s injury
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), on Friday night, confirmed the news of Theekshana being ruled out of the grand finale against India. The board said that the spinner had strained his right hamstring while fielding during the intense Super 4 clash against Pakistan and the same was confirmed during the scans on Friday.
Theekshana’s absence will be a big blow to Sri Lanka as he has been the highest wicket-taker for his side in the ODIs this year, boasting an impressive tally of 31 wickets in just 15 matches at an average of 17.45.