The Thrills of ICC Men’s T20 Asia Cup 2022
Andrew Parker - December 9, 2022

In the Morning of Life

by Thomas Moore

In the morning of life, when its cares are unknown,
And its pleasures in all their new lustre begin,
When we live in a bright-beaming world of our own,
And the light that surrounds us is all from within;
Oh 'tis not, believe me, in that happy time
We can love, as in hours of less transport we may; —
Of our smiles, of our hopes, 'tis the gay sunny prime,
But affection is truest when these fade away.

When we see the first glory of youth pass us by,
Like a leaf on the stream that will never return,
When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high,
First tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn;
Then, then in the time when affection holds sway
With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew;
Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they,
But the love born of Sorrow, like Sorrow, is true.

In climes full of sunshine, though splendid the flowers,
Their sighs have no freshness, their odour no worth;
\‘Tis the cloud and the mist of our own Isle of showers
That call the rich spirit of fragrancy forth.
So it is not \‘mid splendour, prosperity, mirth,
That the depth of Love's generous spirit appears;
To the sunshine of smiles it may first owe its birth,
But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears.

The 15th edition of the ICC Men’s Asia Cup is taking place in Dubai and will witness Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the final. Both teams have a total of 4 points and have lost just one match so far. All the teams have had a thrilling season in the tournament and have provided sensational games. The tournament began on 27th August with Sri Lanka taking on Afghanistan in the first match of the tournament. After Afghanistan’s superb bowling spell, Sri Lanka set a target of just 106, which Afghanistan chased in just 10 overs and established a decisive victory in the tournament opener.

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Arch rivals Pakistan and India faced each other in the second match on 28th August, with India bowling first. Pakistan set a target of 147 in 19 overs which, after a nail-biting match, India was able to chase in 19 overs as well. The match was one of the most thrilling ones, with both the teams performing very well.

After Afghanistan defeated Bangladesh in the 3rd match and India reigned over Hong Kong in the fourth, Sri Lanka faced Bangladesh and won by 2 wickets, just before Pakistan overcame Hong Kong by 155 runs, increasing their run rate. In the Super 4 stage of the tournament, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan faced each other again, and this time, Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets, just like Pakistan won against India by 5 wickets after a sensational match the very next day.

On 6th September, the UAE hosted Sri Lanka vs India where Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets and qualified for the finals. On 7th September, the most thrilling, emotional, and close match took place in the grounds of UAE when Pakistan thrashed Afghanistan in the last over and qualified for the finals of the Asia Cup 2022. The only match of significance left in the tournament is the final between the fantastic teams of Pakistan and Sri Lanka scheduled to take place on Sunday 11th September 2022.