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The head coach of the Sri Lanka cricket team, Chris Silverwood described the 10-wicket loss to India in the Asia Cup 2023 final, as a very disappointing effort from his players, during the post-match interview at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. On September 17, the Indian cricket team recorded the sixth biggest win in ODI cricket history, in terms of balls remaining, after Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan chased down the 51-run target in just 6.1 overs.

During their eighth meeting in the grand finale of the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka, in the ODI format, Team India was clinical with the bat, ball, and in the field. After being forced to bowl first, the Indian fast-bowling trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Hardik Pandya brought their A-game to the final.

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The first over of the innings saw Jasprit Bumrah dismiss Kusal Perara without scoring, to set the tone of the day for the team. The entire complexion of the Asia Cup 2023 final changed in the fourth over when Mohammed Siraj picked up the wickets of Pathum Nissanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, and Dhanajaya de Silva.

He ended up taking six wickets in the innings, while Hardik Pandya supported him with three wickets of his own, to help bowl out Sri Lanka for just 50 runs. The run chase from India was quick and explosive, with Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan staying not out at the end, to secure the Asia Cup win for their team.

Chris Silverwood, the Sri Lankan head coach, who turned up to the post-match interview on behalf of his team, called the performance from his players a “very disappointing effort.” The 48-year-old also talked about how the Indian fast bowlers Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah were exceptional with the ball, the chief architects in dismissing Sri Lanka very cheaply in the Asia Cup 2023 final.