October 5, 2022
“Tough times don’t last, but….”: AB de Villiers on Sri Lanka’s Asia Cup win

Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan in the final of the Asia Cup.© AFP

South African batting great AB de Villiers on Tuesday congratulated the Sri Lankan cricket team for winning the Asia Cup 2022. Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup 2022 by defeating Pakistan by 23 runs in the final on Sunday. He used a quote from Sri Lanka’s fielding coach, Anton Roux, to describe how the players brought a smile to their countrymen’s faces amid the massive economic crisis in the island nation and some tense goals in chasing and defending. He displayed his fighting spirit and ferocity by performing in a nail-biting match after losing to Afghanistan in the first match of the tournament.

De Villiers tweeted, “Shout out to @OfficialSLC for a great achievement! In the words of one of his coaches @Rooster55555, “Tough times don’t last, but tough guys do.” Congratulations guys,” de Villiers tweeted.

This is Sri Lanka’s sixth Asia Cup title. He has previously won the title in 1986, 1997, 2004, 2008 and 2014. They are the second most successful team in the history of the tournament after India, having won seven titles.

In the final of the Asia Cup, Pakistan fielded Sri Lanka to bat first. The island nation returned to the game 42/5 in the powerplay. There was a 58-run partnership between Bhanuka Rajapakse (71*) and Wanindu Hasaranga (36), which took Sri Lanka to 170/6 in their 20 overs.

Chasing 171 runs, Pakistan lost two early wickets and were on 22/2. Then, Mohammad Rizwan (55) and Iftikhar Ahmed (32) put on a 61-run partnership to stabilize the innings. In the death overs, Sri Lanka once again turned the match in their favor with a spell from Hasaranga (3/27). Pakistan were bundled out for 147 and lost by 23 runs. Pramod Madushan (4/34) also did a lot of damage in the powerplay and death overs to help his team clinch the Asia Cup title.


Rajapaksa received the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his superb 71*.

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