Fast bowlers Pramod Madushan (4-34) and Wanindu Hasaranga (3-27) shared seven points between them to beat Pakistan to 147 while chasing 171 in Dubai.
Prior to that, left-handed Rajapaksa secured the key spot in 58 runs for his sixth match against Hasaranga, who hit 36 points, giving Sri Lanka a 170-6 lead after struggling at 58. -5.
Sri Lanka, who had to abandon plans to host the competition due to political turmoil, bounced back from an embarrassing opening defeat to Afghanistan to win the tournament title, who opened the T20 World Cup in September. arrive in Australia.
“We always want to show the world (what we can do),” said match man Rajapaksa. “A few decades ago we had some kind of aggression on our side and we want to create those moments again. As a unit we are doing very well at the moment and we look forward to it. waiting for the World Cup.”
Rajapaksa said: “As a country it is a great victory given all the crisis that is happening at home, these are difficult times for Sri Lankans. We hope we do. brought some smiles on their faces.”
Success at the Asian Cup for the cricket-crazed nation came after months of misery due to a severe economic crisis, followed by power outages, fuel shortages and protests.
Sri Lanka, however, will have to play qualifying in Australia before having a chance to meet the heavyweights in the main draw starting October 22 but captain Dasun Shanaka says momentum will get them through. .
Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the pitch, being picked first with nine of the previous 12 games won by chasing teams.
But Sri Lanka bucked the trend as the island nation overcame Pakistan’s bowling-inspired opening match as quickly as Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf.
Azam said: “I want to congratulate Sri Lanka. Excellent cricket. The way that we dominated them early on, their partnership after that was excellent,” Azam said.
Rajapaksa and Hasaranga rebuilt the innings and often found boundaries to improve scoring.
Rauf knocked out Hasaranga, who hit five fours and a six on his 21-ball hit, caught after his 50th T20 hit to break the dangerous stands.
Rajapaksa continued the attack and survived Shadab Khan’s fall to the depths, soon reaching his third number in his T20 half-century.
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Rajapaksa, who finished the quarters 4 and 6 against Naseem in his 45-ball blitz, and Chamika Karunaratne made 54 runs to further increase the total.
“Of course it was a great moment and one of the best innings I’ve played in a short amount of time,” said Rajapaksa, whose T20 debut in 2019.
“Hopefully I can play some beneficial matches in the future as well for the Sri Lankan team.”
The nimble left-hander Dilshan Madushanka launched a shaky opener, starting with a ballless phase and four wide moves.
Playing only his second T20, Madushan caught Azam at short range of the year and then pitched Fakhar Zaman to a duck the first ball on the following serve.
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Mohammad Rizwan (55) and Iftikhar Ahmed (32) were 71 years old together but Madushan broke the stance with Iftikhar’s cane.
Rizwan, who overtook India’s Virat Kohli to become the tournament’s highest number of runs with 282, finished 50th with a six-point loss to Chamika Karunaratne but soon fell to the ground’s spin. Hasaranga and the wheel slipped out of the chase.
Karunaratne put Rauf on the final ball to trigger Sri Lanka’s celebrations.
“We didn’t finish the way we wanted,” Azam said. “But there are a lot of positives from the tournament.”