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    Default 2014 Asia Cup - The Ultimate Test for Dhoni & Co.

    The 2014 Asia Cup will be the 12th edition of the Asia Cup One Day International cricket tournament. The tournament will be held in Bangladesh from 25 February to 8 March 2014 with Pakistan as the defending champions.The tournament will include the four Asian test-playing nations, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka; and ICC associate member Afghanistan. This will be the first 50-over tournament in which Afghanistan has taken part. Total number of matches are 11.

    Afghanistan Squad :

    Mohammad Nabi
    captain
    Age: 29 years 47 days
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm offbreak
    Asghar Stanikzai
    Age: 26 years 57 days
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm medium-fast
    Dawlat Zadran
    Age: 25 years 335 days
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm fast-medium
    Fazal Niazai
    Age: 24 years 16 days
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm medium
    Hamid Hassan
    Age: 26 years 261 days
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm fast
    Hamza Hotak
    Age: 22 years 186 days
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Slow left-arm orthodox
    Karim Sadiq
    Age: 30 years 43 days
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm offbreak
    Mirwais Ashraf
    Age: 25 years 232 days
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm fast-medium
    Mohammad Shahzad
    wicketkeeper
    Age: 26 years 17 days
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Najibullah Zadran
    Age: 20 years 354 days
    Batting: Left-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm offbreak
    Nawroz Mangal
    Age: 29 years 217 days
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm offbreak
    Noor Ali Zadran
    Age: 25 years 222 days
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm medium-fast
    Rahmat Shah
    Age: 20 years 226 days
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Legbreak googly
    Samiullah Shenwari
    Age: 27 years 14 days
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Legbreak
    Shapoor Zadran
    Age: 26 years 224 days
    Batting: Left-hand bat
    Bowling: Left-arm fast-medium
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    Default Indian Squad

    MS Dhoni
    captain/keeper
    Age: 32 years 219 days
    Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm medium
    Varun Aaron
    Age: 24 years 105 days
    Playing role: Bowler
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm medium-fast
    Ravichandran Ashwin
    Age: 27 years 147 days
    Playing role: Allrounder
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm offbreak
    Stuart Binny
    Age: 29 years 253 days
    Playing role: Allrounder
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm medium
    Shikhar Dhawan
    Age: 28 years 68 days
    Playing role: Top-order batsman
    Batting: Left-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm offbreak
    Ravindra Jadeja
    Age: 25 years 67 days
    Playing role: Allrounder
    Batting: Left-hand bat
    Bowling: Slow left-arm orthodox
    Virat Kohli
    Age: 25 years 98 days
    Playing role: Middle-order batsman
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm medium
    Bhuvneshwar Kumar
    Age: 24 years 6 days
    Playing role: Bowler
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm medium
    Amit Mishra
    Age: 31 years 79 days
    Playing role: Bowler
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Legbreak
    Mohammed Shami
    Age: 23 years 339 days
    Playing role: Bowler
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm fast-medium
    Ishwar Pandey
    Age: 24 years 180 days
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm medium
    Cheteshwar Pujara
    Age: 26 years 17 days
    Playing role: Batsman
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Legbreak
    Ajinkya Rahane
    Age: 25 years 251 days
    Playing role: Top-order batsman
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm medium
    Ambati Rayudu
    Age: 28 years 141 days
    Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm offbreak
    Rohit Sharma
    Age: 26 years 287 days
    Playing role: Batsman
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-a
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    Default PAkistani Squad

    Misbah-ul-Haq
    captain
    Age: 39 years 262 days
    Playing role: Middle-order batsman
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Legbreak
    Abdur Rehman
    Age: 33 years 350 days
    Playing role: Bowler
    Batting: Left-hand bat
    Bowling: Slow left-arm orthodox
    Ahmed Shehzad
    Age: 22 years 83 days
    Playing role: Opening batsman
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Legbreak
    Anwar Ali
    Age: 26 years 81 days
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm medium-fast
    Bilawal Bhatti
    Age: 22 years 150 days
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm medium-fast
    Fawad Alam
    Age: 28 years 129 days
    Batting: Left-hand bat
    Bowling: Slow left-arm orthodox
    Junaid Khan
    Age: 24 years 52 days
    Playing role: Bowler
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Left-arm fast
    Mohammad Hafeez
    Age: 33 years 120 days
    Playing role: Allrounder
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm offbreak
    Mohammad Talha
    Age: 25 years 122 days
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm medium-fast
    Saeed Ajmal
    Age: 36 years 123 days
    Playing role: Bowler
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm offbreak
    Shahid Afridi
    Age: 33 years 350 days
    Playing role: Allrounder
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Legbreak googly
    Sharjeel Khan
    Age: 24 years 184 days
    Batting: Left-hand bat
    Bowling: Legbreak
    Sohaib Maqsood
    Age: 26 years 305 days
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm offbreak
    Umar Akmal
    wicketkeeper
    Age: 23 years 264 days
    Playing role: Middle-order batsman
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Umar Gul
    Age: 29 years 306 days
    Playing role: Bowler
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm fast-medium
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    Default Sri Lankan Team

    Angelo Mathews
    captain
    Age: 26 years 261 days
    Playing role: Allrounder
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm fast-medium
    Dinesh Chandimal
    vice-captain
    Age: 24 years 92 days
    Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm offbreak
    Chathuranga de Silva
    Age: 26 years 341 days
    Playing role: Bowler
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm medium-fast
    Tillakaratne Dilshan
    Age: 37 years 127 days
    Playing role: Allrounder
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm offbreak
    Mahela Jayawardene
    Age: 36 years 267 days
    Playing role: Batsman
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm medium
    Suranga Lakmal
    Age: 26 years 345 days
    Playing role: Bowler
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm medium-fast
    Lasith Malinga
    Age: 30 years 174 days
    Playing role: Bowler
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm fast
    Ajantha Mendis
    Age: 28 years 344 days
    Playing role: Bowler
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm offbreak
    Kusal Perera
    wicketkeeper
    Age: 23 years 185 days
    Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman
    Batting: Left-hand bat
    Thisara Perera
    Age: 24 years 321 days
    Playing role: Allrounder
    Batting: Left-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm medium-fast
    Dhammika Prasad
    Age: 30 years 264 days
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm fast-medium
    Ashan Priyanjan
    Age: 24 years 188 days
    Playing role: Allrounder
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm medium-fast
    Kumar Sangakkara
    wicketkeeper
    Age: 36 years 114 days
    Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman
    Batting: Left-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm offbreak
    Sachithra Senanayake
    Age: 29 years 9 days
    Playing role: Allrounder
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm offbreak
    Lahiru Thirimanne
    Age: 24 years 163 days
    Playing role: Batsman
    Batting: Left-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm medium-fast
    Nuwan Kulasekara
    withdrawn player
    Age: 31 years 211 days
    Playing role: Bowler
    Batting: Right-hand bat
    Bowling: Right-arm fast-medium
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    Default Fixtures

    Date and Time
    Match Weather

    Tue Feb 25 (50 ovs)
    08:00 GMT | 14:00 local
    13:30 IST
    1st Match - Pakistan v Sri Lanka
    Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah
    16 - 29° C

    Wed Feb 26 (50 ovs)
    08:00 GMT | 14:00 local
    13:30 IST
    2nd Match - Bangladesh v India
    Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah
    N/A

    Thu Feb 27 (50 ovs)
    08:00 GMT | 14:00 local
    13:30 IST
    3rd Match - Afghanistan v Pakistan
    Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah
    N/A

    Fri Feb 28 (50 ovs)
    08:00 GMT | 14:00 local
    13:30 IST
    4th Match - India v Sri Lanka
    Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah
    N/A

    Sat Mar 1 (50 ovs)
    08:00 GMT | 14:00 local
    13:30 IST
    5th Match - Bangladesh v Afghanistan
    Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah
    N/A

    Sun Mar 2 (50 ovs)
    08:00 GMT | 14:00 local
    13:30 IST
    6th Match - India v Pakistan
    Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
    N/A

    Mon Mar 3 (50 ovs)
    08:00 GMT | 14:00 local
    13:30 IST
    7th Match - Afghanistan v Sri Lanka
    Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
    N/A

    Tue Mar 4 (50 ovs)
    08:00 GMT | 14:00 local
    13:30 IST
    8th Match - Bangladesh v Pakistan
    Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
    N/A

    Wed Mar 5 (50 ovs)
    08:00 GMT | 14:00 local
    13:30 IST
    9th Match - Afghanistan v India
    Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
    N/A

    Thu Mar 6 (50 ovs)
    08:00 GMT | 14:00 local
    13:30 IST
    10th Match - Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
    Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
    N/A

    Sat Mar 8 (50 ovs)
    08:00 GMT | 14:00 local
    13:30 IST
    Final - TBC v TBC
    Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
    N/A

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    Default Winners as on date

    Series/Tournament Season Winner Margin
    Rothmans Asia Cup (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka in United Arab Emirates) 1983/84 India
    John Player Gold Leaf Trophy (Asia Cup) (Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka) 1985/86 Sri Lanka
    Wills Asia Cup (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka in Bangladesh) 1988/89 India
    Asia Cup (Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka in India) 1990/91 India
    Pepsi Asia Cup (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka in United Arab Emirates) 1994/95 India
    Pepsi Asia Cup (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka) 1997 Sri Lanka
    Asia Cup (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka in Bangladesh) 2000 Pakistan
    Asia Cup (Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates in Sri Lanka) 2004 Sri Lanka
    Asia Cup (Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates in Pakistan) 2008 Sri Lanka
    Asia Cup (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka) 2010 India
    Asia Cup (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka in Bangladesh) 2011/12 Pakistan
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    Default Highest run scored by any team

    Team Score Overs RR Inns Opposition Ground Match Date
    Pakistan 385/7 50.0 7.70 1 v Bangladesh Dambulla 21 Jun 2010
    India 374/4 50.0 7.48 1 v Hong Kong Karachi 25 Jun 2008
    Sri Lanka 357/9 50.0 7.14 1 v Bangladesh Lahore 25 Jun 2008
    Pakistan 343/5 50.0 6.86 1 v Hong Kong Colombo (SSC) 18 Jul 2004
    Sri Lanka 332/8 50.0 6.64 1 v Bangladesh Karachi 30 Jun 2008
    India 330/4 47.5 6.89 2 v Pakistan Dhaka 18 Mar 2012
    Pakistan 329/6 50.0 6.58 1 v India Dhaka 18 Mar 2012
    Pakistan 320/3 50.0 6.40 1 v Bangladesh Dhaka 2 Jun 2000
    Pakistan 319/5 50.0 6.38 1 v Bangladesh Colombo (RPS) 16 Jul 1997
    Sri Lanka 312/4 50.0 6.24 1 v Bangladesh Dambulla 18 Jun 2010
    India 310/4 46.5 6.61 2 v Sri Lanka Karachi 3 Jul 2008
    Pakistan 309/2 45.3 6.79 2 v India Karachi 2 Jul 2008
    India 308/7 50.0 6.16 1 v Pakistan Karachi 2 Jul 2008
    Sri Lanka 308/8 50.0 6.16 1 v India Karachi 3 Jul 2008
    India 304/3 50.0 6.08 1 v Sri Lanka Dhaka 13 Mar 2012
    Sri Lanka 302/7 50.0 6.04 1 v Pakistan Karachi 29 Jun 2008
    India 301/4 42.1 7.13 2 v Pakistan Karachi 26 Jun 2008
    Pakistan 300/9 50.0 6.00 1 v India Colombo (RPS) 25 Jul 2004
    Bangladesh 300/8 50.0 6.00 1 v U.A.E. Lahore 24 Jun 2008
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    Default

    Team Score Overs RR Inns Opposition Ground Match Date
    Bangladesh 87 34.2 2.53 2 v Pakistan Dhaka 2 Jun 2000
    Bangladesh 94 35.3 2.64 1 v Pakistan Moratuwa 31 Mar 1986
    Sri Lanka 96 41.0 2.34 1 v India Sharjah 8 Apr 1984
    Bangladesh 99/8 45.0 2.20 1 v India Chittagong 27 Oct 1988
    Hong Kong 105 45.2 2.31 2 v Bangladesh Colombo (SSC) 16 Jul 2004
    Bangladesh 111/6 45.0 2.46 2 v Pakistan Chittagong 29 Oct 1988
    Bangladesh 115 38.2 3.00 1 v Pakistan Karachi 4 Jul 2008
    Sri Lanka 116 33.5 3.42 2 v Pakistan Colombo (PSS) 30 Mar 1986
    Bangladesh 118/8 45.0 2.62 1 v Sri Lanka Dhaka 2 Nov 1988
    Hong Kong 118 36.5 3.20 2 v India Karachi 25 Jun 2008
    Pakistan 122 39.5 3.06 1 v Sri Lanka Colombo (RPS) 21 Jul 2004
    U.A.E. 123 47.5 2.57 2 v Sri Lanka Dambulla 17 Jul 2004
    Bangladesh 126 44.2 2.84 2 v Sri Lanka Sharjah 6 Apr 1995
    Bangladesh 131/8 45.0 2.91 1 v Sri Lanka Kandy 2 Apr 1986
    Hong Kong 133 37.2 3.56 2 v Pakistan Karachi 24 Jun 2008
    Pakistan 134 39.4 3.37 2 v India Sharjah 13 Apr 1984
    Pakistan 142 42.2 3.35 1 v India Dhaka 31 Oct 1988
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    Default Most Runs

    Player Span Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s
    ST Jayasuriya (SL) 1990-2008 25 24 1 1220 130 53.04 1190 102.52 6 3 1 139 23
    SR Tendulkar (India) 1990-2012 23 21 2 971 114 51.10 1136 85.47 2 7 0 108 8
    KC Sangakkara (SL) 2004-2012 19 18 1 827 121 48.64 1015 81.47 3 6 1 81 5
    A Ranatunga (SL) 1984-1997 19 19 6 741 131* 57.00 895 82.79 1 6 0 49+ 7+
    PA de Silva (SL) 1984-2000 24 22 2 645 96* 32.25 773 83.44 0 4 0 44+ 4+
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    Player Span Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 50+ 0 4s 6s
    KC Sangakkara (SL) 2004-2012 19 18 1 827 121 48.64 1015 81.47 3 6 9 1 81 5
    SR Tendulkar (India) 1990-2012 23 21 2 971 114 51.10 1136 85.47 2 7 9 0 108 8
    ST Jayasuriya (SL) 1990-2008 25 24 1 1220 130 53.04 1190 102.52 6 3 9 1 139 23
    MS Atapattu (SL) 1997-2004 13 12 2 642 100 64.20 903 71.09 1 6 7 0 51 2
    NS Sidhu (India) 1988-1997 14 12 4 530 104* 66.25 682 77.71 1 6 7 0 43 7
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    Default Most Ducks

    Player Span Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s
    Salman Butt (Pak) 2008-2010 7 7 1 201 74 33.50 249 80.72 0 2 3 28 0
    Aminul Islam (Ban) 1988-2000 14 14 1 238 47 18.30 462 51.51 0 0 3 13 1
    Fahad Alhashmi (UAE) 2008-2008 2 2 0 0 0 0.00 6 0.00 0 0 2 0 0
    Harunur Rashid (Ban) 1988-1988 2 2 0 0 0 0.00 17 0.00 0 0 2 0 0
    RJ Ratnayake (SL) 1990-1991 2 2 0 0 0 0.00 9 0.00 0 0 2 0 0
    RAS Lakmal (SL) 2012-2012 3 3 1 0 0* 0.00 5 0.00 0 0 2 0 0
    CPH Ramanayake (SL) 1988-1995 8 3 1 9 9* 4.50 18 50.00 0 0 2 0 0
    Afzaal Haider (HK) 2004-2008 4 4 1 22 22 7.33 52 42.30 0 0 2 4 0




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    Default highest wickets

    Player Span Mat Inns Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 4 5
    M Muralitharan (SL) 1995-2010 24 24 230.2 13 865 30 5/31 28.83 3.75 46.0 1 1
    WPUJC Vaas (SL) 1995-2008 19 19 152.2 20 639 23 3/30 27.78 4.19 39.7 0 0
    IK Pathan (India) 2004-2012 12 12 109.1 1 605 22 4/32 27.50 5.54 29.7 1 0
    ST Jayasuriya (SL) 1990-2008 25 21 148.5 2 667 22 4/49 30.31 4.48 40.5 1 0
    Abdur Razzak (Ban) 2004-2012 15 15 141.2 9 612 20 3/17 30.60 4.33 42.4 0 0
    BAW Mendis (SL) 2008-2008 5 5 42.0 3 145 17 6/13 8.52 3.45 14.8 1 2
    Abdul Qadir (Pak) 1984-1988 8 8 69.2 8 251 17 3/15 14.76 3.62 24.4 0 0
    SR Tendulkar (India) 1990-2012 23 15 76.2 0 364 17 3/21 21.41 4.76 26.9 0 0
    Wasim Akram (Pak) 1986-2000 12 12 92.1 8 297 16 4/19 18.56 3.22 34.5 1 0
    Abdul Razzaq (Pak) 2000-2010 11 11 75.2 5 323 16 4/29 20.18 4.28 28.2 1 0
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    Default Thirimanne ton leads SL to 296

    Backed by the selectors to open when Mahela Jayawardene may have seemed the more obvious choice, Lahiru Thirimanne reasserted his relevance to the ODI format, as his collected 102 from 110 balls set Sri Lanka on course for 296 for 6, against Pakistan. His 161-run stand, off 146 balls, with Kumar Sangakkara was the centrepiece of the innings, though on a remarkably flat surface, and with dew expected to set in, Pakistan remain more than capable of a successful chase in the Asia Cup opener.


    Thirimanne and Sangakkara had formed the base for a score in excess of 300, when the batting Powerplay was called after 35 overs at 203 for 2. But as so often happens, the fielding restrictions proved more fruitful for the bowling side. Thirimanne lost concentration after a break in play, driving well inside one of the few Saeed Ajmal deliveries to take substantial deviation from the surface. Three overs later Jayawardene was undone by a Shahid Afridi ball that came straighter than he had anticipated.
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    Default Match - 1 - Malinga five-for cuts Pakistan short

    Sri Lanka 296 for 6 (Thirimanne 102, Sangakkara 67, Mathews 55*) beat Pakistan 284 (Umar Akmal 74, Misbah 73, Malinga 5-52) by 12 runs


    Lasith Malinga reasserted his skill for rattling chases in a tight finish, after Lahiru Thirimanne had proclaimed his relevance to the ODI format, as Sri Lanka sputtered to a thrilling win in the Asia Cup opener in Fatullah.
    Pakistan lost their top order cheaply, surged, collapsed, then surged briefly again, in search of 297, but the total that had been set up by Thirimanne's 102 was 12 too many, despite half-centuries from Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal.
    Malinga's 5 for 52 was his first in ODIs since January 2012, as he claimed the two last Pakistan scalps in an unflappable 49th over replete with tailing yorkers. Bilawal Bhatti and Saeed Ajmal had managed 17 runs from the previous over to whittle the requirement down to 17 from two overs, but Ajmal was caught in front by a yorker, and Bhatti had one clatter into his off stump. Bhatti's wicket was Malinga's 250th, and he achieved the milestone faster than any other Sri Lanka bowler, beating Muttiah Muralitharan by 11 matches.
    Pakistan had earlier seemed in control, with 55 needed off 46 balls and six wickets in hand, thanks to the 121-run stand between Misbah and Akmal. But Malinga was vital to quelling that charge too. He struck twice in four balls in the 45th over, to swing the match strongly in Sri Lanka's favour, before dismissing Umar Gul in his next. All of his wickets came in his last 15 balls.


    Lasith Malinga's five wickets came in his last 15 balls
    During Sri Lanka's innings, Thirimanne's 161-run stand, off 146 balls, with Kumar Sangakkara had been the centrepiece. The pair pushed the run rate close to six, promising a total well in excess of 300, but a stutter in the batting Powerplay and a focused Pakistan, led by Saeed Ajmal, in the late overs ensured they did not finish with force.
    Thirimanne, backed by the selectors to open instead of Mahela Jayawardene, was fluent from the outset, and despite his strike rate of 92.72, was rarely ruled by aggression. A crisp cover drive off Gul brought him his first boundary in the second over, and that stroke - his favourite - proved equally productive against spin. Casually authoritative on the off side to begin with, Thirimanne eventually added a leg side element to his play, even swinging Mohammad Hafeez over deep midwicket for six, in the 31st over.
    In between the sweetly struck fours, Thirimanne was also adept at measuring singles. Aided by a surface that offered little seam movement or turn, and by Sangakkara's enterprise at the other end, he eased to his half-century in the 20th over, then launched an offensive after the 25th.


    

For a batsman who has spent much of the past two months sidelined with injury, Thirimanne was as stoic as he was confident. The nineties drew no fidgets or hair-brained strokes. He flitted through them, as he had done throughout his stay, to record his second triple-figure score in ODIs. The milestone, fittingly, came from a cover drive. The celebration, typically, was understated.


    Though Thirimanne had modeled his strokes and approach on his senior partner, Sangakkara had not been quite so mellow. Often he strode forward against the quicks to make length deliveries overpitched, and his initiative became Sri Lanka's impetus. He hit 67 from 65 balls, before thumping an Umar Gul bouncer to the only infielder on the leg side.


    Angelo Mathews embellished his regained stature as a finisher with an unbeaten 55 off 50 balls, but with no secure ally at the other end, he could not attack freely at the close. Ajmal's varied final spell was Sri Lanka's biggest hindrance. He finished with 1 for 50 from his full quota, while Umar Gul, who strangely only bowled eight overs, took 2 for 38.
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