‘I realized you get what’s in your destiny’: Mohammed Siraj recalls previous spell against Sri Lanka after Asia Cup final heroics

Even after picking a six-wicket haul against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup Final on Sunday, Mohammed Siraj remembered when he missed out on a fifer against the opposition earlier this year.

It was another instance of the Sri Lankan batting crumbling down as the Indian bowlers restricted them to 73 and claimed a 3-0 series win in January. Siraj, who’d lighted up the matchstick by picking first three of the four wickets, would miss out on a first ODI fifer.

On Sunday, the 29-year-old would get the elusive five and another as Sri Lanka crashed for a score of 50 in the Asia Cup Final.

Speaking to the broadcasters in the mid-innings break, Siraj shared, “Feels like a dream. Last time I did the same against Sri Lanka at Trivandrum. Got four wickets early, couldn’t get the five-for. I realized you get what’s in your destiny.”

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Bowling with the new ball, Siraj would claim the joint-quickest fifer in ODI history as he claimed his first five wickets inside 16 deliveries of his spell. Before Sunday, Siraj had managed to pick four wickets in his previous four outings in the ongoing tournament.

“Did not try too much today. I have always looked for swing in white-ball cricket. Did not find much in the previous games. But today it was swinging, and I got more wickets with the outswinger. Wanted to make the batters drive,” the pick of Indian bowlers added.

Among others, Hardik Pandya would claim three wickets for India while Jasprit Bumrah also struck in the first over of the innings. Sri Lanka’s total of 50 is now the lowest score in Asia Cup history. The previous lowest total in the tournament in the 50-over format was by Bangladesh when they were 87 all out vs Pakistan in 2000.

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