Video: SL win Asia Cup title for fifth time

2014-03-08 16:00:19

Sri Lanka today regained the Asia Cup trophy with a comfortable five-wicket victory over defending champions Pakistan, riding on Lasith Malinga's five-wicket haul and opener Lahiru Thrimanne's fluent century, at the Shere Bangla National Stadium Mirpur, Dhaka on Saturday.

Sri Lanka were clinical as they restricted Pakistan to a modest 260 for five and then overhauled the target with 22 balls to spare to lift their fifth Asia Cup title. The last time they won the regional championship was in 2008.

Malinga pegged Pakistan back as he demolished the rival top order with his fierce pace and it was Fawad Alam's magnificent unbeaten 114 that guided the holders to a decent total after deciding to bat.

Pakistan skipper Misbah ul Haq (65) and Umar Akmal (59) too batted with determination with fighting half-centuries as none of other Lankan bowlers could take a wicket.

Alam added 122 runs for the fourth wicket with Misbah and 115 with Akmal for the fifth at Shere Bangla stadium.

The Island nation had started brilliantly but spinner Saeed Ajmal removed Kusla Perera (42) and Kumar Sangakkara (0) off successive balls in the 11th over to take the fight to the rival camp.

However, Mahela Jayawardene (75) perfectly timed his return to form as he joined Thirimanne at the crease and added 156 runs for the third wicket in 27 overs. The partnership pushed Sri Lanka close to win.

Thirimanne scored 101 runs, his third ODI century, and faced 108 balls in his innings which was laced with 13 fours.

The left-handed batsman was bowled by Ajmal when Sri Lanka were just 14 runs away from the win. Bowling his final over, Ajmal beat the defense of Thirimanne with a 'doosra'.

For Jayawardene, it was his first notable contribution for Sri Lanka in this tournament and it could not have come at a better time. He was dropped on 52 by Mohammed Hafeez off Umar Gul but was dismissed when he attempted a big shot off Mohammad Talha and found Sharjeel Khan.

His 75-run knock came off 93 balls with 10 boundaries including a six while Thrimanne.(PTI)

  Comments - 44

  • Aysha Saturday, 8 March 2014 16:15

    Congratulations from Pakistan. Your team deserved it.

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    MS Saturday, 8 March 2014 16:15

    congratulations guys,want to know secret of our win ?the king was there !!!!!!!

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    Spitfire Saturday, 8 March 2014 16:16

    Thank you boys. Done the business in a clinical manner. Take the momentum to T20 as well.

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    Lion Saturday, 8 March 2014 16:32

    Well done Sri Lanka, team work can achieve the required goals, we should collectively defeat US sponsored resolution as well.

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    Mohamed Azmi Saturday, 8 March 2014 16:36

    Best All-Round Performances, moments of Historic victory of Sri Lankan congratulations!!!

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    AJJA Saturday, 8 March 2014 16:50

    Now we are in the talking again..UN giving us headaches for the past months but our young guns stuck together at the right time with a mighty Cricket win.Well done and I hope the Indians will support us at UN.....

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    Azme Saturday, 8 March 2014 16:52

    Well played Sri Lanka. Good luck for the T20 WC

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    Sherman G. de Silva Saturday, 8 March 2014 16:52

    Really impressed with the newbies in the team. Congrats! Looking forward to a repeat performance at the WT20.

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    Jay Saturday, 8 March 2014 16:54

    මෙම ජයග්‍රහණයට උරදුන් ජනපතිදුන්ට අපේ උපහාරය...

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    Jayasekara Saturday, 8 March 2014 16:56

    Final was won as some one did not come to see the final

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    RAmUK Saturday, 8 March 2014 17:06

    very decently played by Pakistan also. Welldone for both team

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    Jagath Leanage Saturday, 8 March 2014 17:11

    Congratulations boys! It was a team effort. Thank god. That person didn't go to see the match. Had he gone finish which is a bad omen.

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    Ahamed Saturday, 8 March 2014 17:19

    My heartiest congratulations. Well done boys. We need you to repeat it in T20 as well.


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    Sirimevan Saturday, 8 March 2014 17:21


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    Dissa Saturday, 8 March 2014 21:59

    conragz Sri Lanka keep going 4 next WC T20 via DM Android App

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    King Saturday, 8 March 2014 22:07


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    psy Saturday, 8 March 2014 22:08

    Congratulations sri lanka!!!! ! via DM Android App

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    afran Saturday, 8 March 2014 22:16

    Lions you'll made it Please don't stop winning finals We want the T20 trophy as well to forget the last final in colombo

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    ANTON Sunday, 9 March 2014 01:16


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    lastthug Sunday, 9 March 2014 01:25

    Congratulations Lions.. Proud to be a Srilankan

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    mer Sunday, 9 March 2014 01:51

    Thank you MR for not going to the stadium, instead opening a highway

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    Amila. G Sunday, 9 March 2014 02:33

    All credit to the players and only to the players. Well done.

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    SAM_SPARROW Sunday, 9 March 2014 03:58

    Asia cup checked. Next T20WC..

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    King Sunday, 9 March 2014 04:19

    Wel said afran we need T20 as wel cheeers

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    King Sunday, 9 March 2014 04:19

    Wel said afran we need T20 as wel cheeers

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    Public Sunday, 9 March 2014 04:30

    Well done boys! let us make double in a row by winning the T20 trophy as well.

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    Roshan Sunday, 9 March 2014 05:10

    Congratulations to the team. Well done the selectors for having faith on the youngsters. Lets hope the team carries the form to the T20WC. Good luck boys!

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    nimalsiri Sunday, 9 March 2014 06:16

    Thank you President MR for not opting to witness the match.

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    zuh Sunday, 9 March 2014 06:46

    thanks a lot our h.e.president via DM Android App

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    rosa Sunday, 9 March 2014 07:39

    Sri Lanka did well by not allowing Afridi to come to bating crease. That was the main reason for Sri Lanka win.

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    Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 9 March 2014 07:45

    Congratulations. All credit to the players for a magnificent performance and a special thank you to the President for staying at home and watching the match on a TV screen.

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    Suq Madique Sunday, 9 March 2014 07:58

    The biggest thanks should go to MR for not attending the match

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    Fuzzy Sunday, 9 March 2014 08:41

    well played guys. Mahela proved once again that, form is temporary but class is permanent. via DM Android App

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    rizi Sunday, 9 March 2014 08:55

    Our salute to the selectors as well. They did brave decesions rather then keeping the old horses.. via DM Android App

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    A Pakistani Sunday, 9 March 2014 09:20

    Congrats Sri Lankan brothers.

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    M.Muttha Sunday, 9 March 2014 10:23

    Well done boys. You made us all proud. A great game too. via DM iPad app

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    Thakkadiya Sunday, 9 March 2014 10:26

    Obviously Jay is nuts. He must be trying to climb the political ladder by................. via DM iPad app

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    Kamma Sunday, 9 March 2014 11:30

    Now what of those who commented very badly about Lasith Malinga few months ago. Does it solely of the jealousy of Malinga or that malicious feeling to see someone on top to go down to their level?

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    ind Sunday, 9 March 2014 12:21

    Well done! Best wishes for T20 WC !!

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    jabbar Sunday, 9 March 2014 12:27

    at last came to final and won... congrats team sri lanka via DM Android App

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    sss Monday, 10 March 2014 01:37

    despite thieving political stooges' best efforts SL cricket still maintain international standards

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    Mary Monday, 10 March 2014 04:05

    Well done boys. Keep it Up. Our prayers are with you.
    Pakistan Sindabad.

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    Naufar Ali Monday, 10 March 2014 04:59

    Congratulation for our lions, well done and hope the same for 20/20 Good Luck...

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    Papa Monday, 10 March 2014 10:26

    well done Angie and the team. U all made us happy and proud. Congrads to always cool Misbah. via DM Android App

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