India have lifted the Asian Cup for a record-extending eighth time after routing defending champions Sri Lanka by 10 wickets with Mohammed Siraj claiming a career-best 6-21, including four wickets in one over, at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Electing to bat on Sunday in front of a full-house of 35,000 fans, Sri Lanka were bundled out for a paltry 50 in 15.2 overs with five batters getting ducks in their sorry-looking scorecard with Siraj the wrecker-in-chief.
Siraj’s blazing presentation of speed bowling was best shown in his second over when the right-arm fast excused Pathum Nissanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka and Dhananjaya de Silva.
Hardik Pandya additionally stowed three wickets while Jasprit Bumrah guaranteed one as Sri Lanka enlisted their second most minimal all out in one-day internationals, enduring just 92 balls.
India required 6.1 overs to accomplish the objective for a convenient lift before their home World Cup starting one month from now.
Bumrah eliminated Kusal Perera in the first over to set off a breakdown and the Sri Lanka hitters looked powerless as Siraj inhaled fire with the new ball.