Sri Lanka overcame a rocky start to defeat Pakistan by five wickets thanks in large part to an outstanding bowling performance from opener Pathum Nissanka, who also hit an unbroken half-century. According to the Indian Express, Sri Lanka was reduced to 29/3 after five overs of chasing a modest 122, but the 24-year-old Nissanka kept the innings together with his unbroken 55 off 48 balls.
Pakistan was dismissed for 121 in 19.1 overs by the superb bowling of Sri Lanka, which was headed by mystery spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, who took three wickets. Due to their poor performance in T20Is, Sri Lanka was not viewed as a favourite when they entered the Asia Cup, but they have already established themselves as a serious contender. Under Chris Silverwood's guidance, Dasun Shanaka's men have emerged as a revitalized team, finding new heroes in each game.