Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup final, Mirpur March 8, 2014

Thirimanne ton takes SL to title

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Sri Lanka 261 for 5 (Thirimanne 101, Jayawardene 75, Ajmal 3-26) beat Pakistan 260 for 5 (Fawad 114*, Misbah 65, U Akmal 59, Malinga 5-56) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Somewhere between absolute relaxation and intense focus, Lahiru Thirimanne drew strength from a place of zen in the Asia Cup final, stroking 101 from 108 to complete a victory that snapped Sri Lanka's finals jinx. He had help from Mahela Jayawardene, who embellished his reputation as a big-match performer, but it had been a fearsome lone hand from Lasith Malinga that had given most shape to the triumph. His five wickets for 56 deservedly earned him the Man-of-the-Match award on a day when no other Sri Lanka bowler took a wicket.

Those contributions proved enough to comfortably overcome Fawad Alam's maiden hundred, which had been borne of astute accumulation as he and Misbah-ul-Haq launched an epic recovery, then completed in a frenzy at the death. That 260 for 5 was eventually achieved was admirable, but Sri Lanka surpassed that score with five wickets in hand and 22 balls remaining. Pakistan may conclude they had been at least 20 runs light. They may also rue errors in the field that saw both Thirimanne and Jayawardene reprieved.

Thirimanne's idol Kumar Sangakkara had been cock of the Asia Cup walk for much of its duration, but in the final, his Padawan eclipsed him twice over. Thirimanne eased past Sangakkara on the tournament run-scorers' list, finishing comfortably atop the table with 279 runs. He also hit a hundred in a tournament final - a feat that has eluded Sangakkara in his 13-year career. Thirimanne would not have opened had Tillakaratne Dilshan been fit for the tournament, but he has now made a forceful case for a long-term place in the top three.

Malinga had largely saved his best work for the close in this tournament, but in his first three menacing overs with the new ball, he had gutted the Pakistan top order, and intimidated the opposition into prolonged reticence. Sharjeel Khan struck him for two spiffing offside boundaries, but Malinga soon swung one in to the left-hander to have him chipping to mid-on. His away-swing to the right-handers got Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez nicking behind in quick succession as well. Shehzad had aimed a punch through cover, Hafeez merely hung his bat out.

Misbah and Fawad were joined at 18 for 3, but slaves to a poor situation now, neither ventured the early aggression that might have helped set up a tall score. Pakistan's run-rate was below three until the 22nd over, and increased only in modest increments until the final flourish.

In contrast, Kusal Perera crashed Sri Lanka through the early overs of the chase, wailing on short balls like they owed him money while crunching sweet drives through the covers as well. He grew more selective with his slashes for the final, minimising some of the risks in his game, though the plays-and-misses were not altogether omitted. He made little use of a reprieve on 35, when Sharjeel Khan backpedaled unnecessarily at deep midwicket to tread on the rope, but his 42 off 37 ensured Sri Lanka would not be restrained inside the Powerplay, as Pakistan had been.

Perhaps Kusal could have been more watchful when Saeed Ajmal arrived, but the ball to dismiss him was a stunner. Drawing Kusal out of the crease with a flighted one, delivered wide of the crease from round the wicket, Ajmal had the ball dip and grip, beating Kusal's prod to create an easy stumping. Kumar Sangakkara barely registered the straighter one that thudded into his front pad next ball, replays showing it to be clipping leg stump. Jayawardene got a fizzing doosra for a hat-trick ball, which to his good fortune, would have missed the off stump.

Desperate for runs after a poor tournament, Jayawardene played Ajmal's first spell desperately late, reading intently out of the hand and off the surface, thrusting bat in front of pad to prevent an lbw. He squeezed through that gauntlet, girded somewhat by the sublime late cut that brought his first four, and then began to progress more freely. When he deposited a Shahid Afridi short ball deep into the leg-side stands in the 18th over, the steel in his eyes had returned in force. Typically, he prospered behind square on the off side, scoring almost 40% of his 75 runs there.

Thirimanne had watched Kusal's barrage, and Jayawardene's stutters from the other end, and all the while resisted both over-ambition and the shackles of big-match pressure. Exquisite strokes square of the wicket on either side punctuated a steady beat of singles, as he scored at around a run-a-ball through the middle overs. Umar Akmal had grassed a thick outside edge off him at 36, but the remainder of his progress was as smooth as his strokeplay.

Jayawardene departed after their 156-run partnership had set Sri Lanka in sight of the win, and Thirimanne completed his third ODI hundred in Angelo Mathews' company. Having played several vital hands throughout the tournament, Mathew was fittingly at the crease to strike the winning runs.

Earlier, Misbah had taken stately, dignified singles as the collapse was arrested, while Fawad poked and pilfered them. They scored more freely off the spinners than the fast men - an oddity for this tournament - and perhaps they were glad not to face Ajantha Mendis, who had been dropped for this match, despite having been the Asia Cup's most penetrative bowler before the match.

The pair looked ominous in the first over of the Powerplay, from which they plundered 13, but Misbah would fall to Malinga soon after, inspiring a brief return to caution from Fawad. Akmal blasted successive boundaries in the 41st over off Perera to set Pakistan's charge in motion once more, and this time, Fawad joined him in earnest. He was 67 from 106 before another six over long-on began the sequence that would bring him 47 off the next 28. Fawad was dropped for the second time on 92, as de Silva parried a chance over his head at cover off Malinga, and he would move to triple figures for the first time in ODIs with an aerial whip over deep midwicket in the 48th over.

Akmal's 59 off 42 was the fire in Pakistan's finish, but they had given away too much ground in the opening exchanges. Malinga completed his second five-wicket haul of the tournament when Akmal top-edged a slog in the final over.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Fogu on March 8, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Congratulations SL. You truly deserved the championship. Two best team were in he final and SL were very clinical in their game. Some of the SL youngsters are bearing fruit and they look set for the long term. PK had a lot of positives too when it came to batting even though the top order failed them today. I enjoyed the asia cup because there was high quality cricket played. The pitches were great and the fans were awesome. Bangla fans rock the stadium no matter who is playing on the field. There was tremendous support for both teams today. Looking forward to T20 WC. Go Tigers!

  • TheKeeper on March 8, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Great game and congratulations to Sri Lanka! Superb all-round performance of disciplined bowling and focused batting proved without any doubt that Sri Lanka are the best team in Asia. All the new boys (Lahiru, Ashan, Chaturanga, Suranga, Tissara, Sachitra and Kusal) played well and contributed at crucial moments throughout the tournament. Sanga, Lasith, Angelo and Ajantha were all solid throughout all the games too...and Mahela, oh boy, what a batsman to stand-up when he's most needed in the final - he always does it. An in-form Mahela is the delight of my eye. Well done Sri Lanka!

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    Well played SL. they deserved to win this cup. team in form and hardly any errors. They batted really good in all games. and fielded well. and bowled with intent and discipline.

    In final they outplayed pakistan in all fields. Bowling superbly early on to put pressure on this wobbly pakistan batting line up. and then batted beautifully. they didnt thrown their wickets away. 260 was never easy against good bowlers but they made it look simple. and easy. many people here saying that pak batted slowly and thats why score was less but we have to give credit to SL for how they bowled and how batted.

    In think even 300 would have been easy the way they batted.

    Malinga is new pakistan batting destroyer. got 11 wickets in tournament and 10 against pak in 2 games. such a entertainer he has been.

    Thirrimane was great . mathews as usual. not to forget MJ. was out of form but picked up at right time. and won this final for SL.

    Good job and deserved to lift the cup.

  • on March 11, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    It was never Ind vs SL affair, I dont know why some SL and some Indian fans are fighting on this forum, India vs Pak excitement and euphoria cannot be created by Ind vs SL......how boring, its always been Ind vs Pak, no need for SL fans to try and compete with India, SL was always just another team for India....

  • GrindAR on March 10, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Sanga plays innings in most games leading to final, and DPMDJ complements with the defining innings in the final. So, when you count Sanga and DPMDJ form as a package for a team, who can win matches, with one being WK and other being close positions catcher... I donno if any such formidable pair being formed for any team for such a long time consistent performances...

  • Darkmanx12155 on March 10, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    All the fans seems to forget one point here... Well done SL and Thiri Slinga all that... But the true hero who gave the game on a sliver platter to SL is non other than Misbah. No one seems to thank him for his contribution of the match which made it possible for SL to win. IF he walked when he nicked it, then it would have been Akmals chance to go against SL bowlers. Like we all saw, it wasn't a mine field of a pitch to bat on. Just that Misbah couldn't score fast! If Afridi got 25 to 35 balls to bat SL would have been chasing something like 325 +. So SL fans, pls show your gratitude to the true MOM...

  • ramz_01 on March 10, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    how ppl say SL depnding on sanga nly? SL won match frm losing position bcz of malinga vs pak sanga vs india mattews vs bangaladesh thirimana vs pakistan. overall SL not depnding on sanga nly, thr is match winners given day whm wil put thr hands up, hats off to lions whm crownd as asian gaints.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 10, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    Pakistan need to improve their batting if they want to compete at international level. On the deciding day, their bowling got derailed as well. Something is not right with the ways of Pakistan.

  • INDSlider on March 10, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    @ sidh78: But stats don't lie mate. Our cupboard is full of trophies we accumulated from shorter formats. But our boasting is far from reality. This shows win/loss ratio against top teams Aus, SA and Eng in away matches for different periods. Still SL and Pak are well ahead us. Link shows the results for the last 3 years. We are just home bulies let alone flat tracks.

    1990s:SL-0.42 Pak. 0.55 Ind-0.31 2000s: SL-0.50 Pak. 0.42 Ind-0.65 Last 5 years: SL-1.00 Pak. 0.54 Ind-0.39 Last 4 years:SL-0.95 Pak. 0.61 Ind-0.42 Last 3 years: SL-0.94 Pak. 0.68 Ind-0.28 Last 2 years:SL-1.00 Pak. 0.63 Ind-0.80 Last 12 months:SL-infinity Pak. 0.53 Ind-0.66

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=11;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=3;result=1;result=2;result=3;result=4;result=5;spanmax2=07+Mar+2014;spanmin2=07+Mar+2011;spanval2=span;team=25;team=6;team=7;team=8;template=results;type=team

  • Hamed-G on March 10, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    Congrats SL. Future is bright and your administraion / team is doing great job. Being a paki fan and national watching the final, i dont know why pak loss didnt bother me at all. SL victory for some reason still gave me that sensation / feeling of 'win' instead of bitternest/frustration or even anger. I guess its maybe cuz of the 'attitude' of neighbour and both SL and Pak having given india what it deserved. SL support of Pak through the Big 3 OR you cud say Pak's support of SL - has made SL the 2nd most loved team for all Paki's after Pak.. All the best to SL for T20.

  • Fogu on March 8, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Congratulations SL. You truly deserved the championship. Two best team were in he final and SL were very clinical in their game. Some of the SL youngsters are bearing fruit and they look set for the long term. PK had a lot of positives too when it came to batting even though the top order failed them today. I enjoyed the asia cup because there was high quality cricket played. The pitches were great and the fans were awesome. Bangla fans rock the stadium no matter who is playing on the field. There was tremendous support for both teams today. Looking forward to T20 WC. Go Tigers!

  • TheKeeper on March 8, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Great game and congratulations to Sri Lanka! Superb all-round performance of disciplined bowling and focused batting proved without any doubt that Sri Lanka are the best team in Asia. All the new boys (Lahiru, Ashan, Chaturanga, Suranga, Tissara, Sachitra and Kusal) played well and contributed at crucial moments throughout the tournament. Sanga, Lasith, Angelo and Ajantha were all solid throughout all the games too...and Mahela, oh boy, what a batsman to stand-up when he's most needed in the final - he always does it. An in-form Mahela is the delight of my eye. Well done Sri Lanka!

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    Well played SL. they deserved to win this cup. team in form and hardly any errors. They batted really good in all games. and fielded well. and bowled with intent and discipline.

    In final they outplayed pakistan in all fields. Bowling superbly early on to put pressure on this wobbly pakistan batting line up. and then batted beautifully. they didnt thrown their wickets away. 260 was never easy against good bowlers but they made it look simple. and easy. many people here saying that pak batted slowly and thats why score was less but we have to give credit to SL for how they bowled and how batted.

    In think even 300 would have been easy the way they batted.

    Malinga is new pakistan batting destroyer. got 11 wickets in tournament and 10 against pak in 2 games. such a entertainer he has been.

    Thirrimane was great . mathews as usual. not to forget MJ. was out of form but picked up at right time. and won this final for SL.

    Good job and deserved to lift the cup.

  • on March 11, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    It was never Ind vs SL affair, I dont know why some SL and some Indian fans are fighting on this forum, India vs Pak excitement and euphoria cannot be created by Ind vs SL......how boring, its always been Ind vs Pak, no need for SL fans to try and compete with India, SL was always just another team for India....

  • GrindAR on March 10, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Sanga plays innings in most games leading to final, and DPMDJ complements with the defining innings in the final. So, when you count Sanga and DPMDJ form as a package for a team, who can win matches, with one being WK and other being close positions catcher... I donno if any such formidable pair being formed for any team for such a long time consistent performances...

  • Darkmanx12155 on March 10, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    All the fans seems to forget one point here... Well done SL and Thiri Slinga all that... But the true hero who gave the game on a sliver platter to SL is non other than Misbah. No one seems to thank him for his contribution of the match which made it possible for SL to win. IF he walked when he nicked it, then it would have been Akmals chance to go against SL bowlers. Like we all saw, it wasn't a mine field of a pitch to bat on. Just that Misbah couldn't score fast! If Afridi got 25 to 35 balls to bat SL would have been chasing something like 325 +. So SL fans, pls show your gratitude to the true MOM...

  • ramz_01 on March 10, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    how ppl say SL depnding on sanga nly? SL won match frm losing position bcz of malinga vs pak sanga vs india mattews vs bangaladesh thirimana vs pakistan. overall SL not depnding on sanga nly, thr is match winners given day whm wil put thr hands up, hats off to lions whm crownd as asian gaints.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 10, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    Pakistan need to improve their batting if they want to compete at international level. On the deciding day, their bowling got derailed as well. Something is not right with the ways of Pakistan.

  • INDSlider on March 10, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    @ sidh78: But stats don't lie mate. Our cupboard is full of trophies we accumulated from shorter formats. But our boasting is far from reality. This shows win/loss ratio against top teams Aus, SA and Eng in away matches for different periods. Still SL and Pak are well ahead us. Link shows the results for the last 3 years. We are just home bulies let alone flat tracks.

    1990s:SL-0.42 Pak. 0.55 Ind-0.31 2000s: SL-0.50 Pak. 0.42 Ind-0.65 Last 5 years: SL-1.00 Pak. 0.54 Ind-0.39 Last 4 years:SL-0.95 Pak. 0.61 Ind-0.42 Last 3 years: SL-0.94 Pak. 0.68 Ind-0.28 Last 2 years:SL-1.00 Pak. 0.63 Ind-0.80 Last 12 months:SL-infinity Pak. 0.53 Ind-0.66

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=11;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=3;result=1;result=2;result=3;result=4;result=5;spanmax2=07+Mar+2014;spanmin2=07+Mar+2011;spanval2=span;team=25;team=6;team=7;team=8;template=results;type=team

  • Hamed-G on March 10, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    Congrats SL. Future is bright and your administraion / team is doing great job. Being a paki fan and national watching the final, i dont know why pak loss didnt bother me at all. SL victory for some reason still gave me that sensation / feeling of 'win' instead of bitternest/frustration or even anger. I guess its maybe cuz of the 'attitude' of neighbour and both SL and Pak having given india what it deserved. SL support of Pak through the Big 3 OR you cud say Pak's support of SL - has made SL the 2nd most loved team for all Paki's after Pak.. All the best to SL for T20.

  • dhanuhskaS on March 9, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    As pointed out in many of my postings since last year, Thirimanne is a naturally talented opening batsman with perfect technique to give a solid start & establish an inning (with a perfect strike rate in ODIs) as well as the ability to stay long in Tests. But, unfortunately he was denied this chance until now & floated all-over down the order, preferring a "privileged" lucky-go-happy SLOGGER to fill the opening slot created by SLC (unjustly axing another established opener Tharanga). Upul Tharanga's feat of reaching 5000 in 157 iings is the 2nd fastest by a SL player in ODIs (Athapattu took 152 innings to achieve that). He is the ninth SL player (64th overall) to complete 5,000 runs or more in ODIs - 5153 (13x100 + 28x50) at an Av. of 34.81 in 164 ODI. Just 29yrs! When Dilshan retires, he is the best SL opener to carry forward to the future with Thirimanne! Chandimal is another talented front-order batsmen who needs a correct spot to bat, but never got! What a waste of talent SLC.???

  • SLWATERBOY on March 9, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Congratulations to all you SL boys! Perfect ending. It was a perfect building from UAE to Bangladesh bi lateral series and Asia Cup. These experiences in past couple of months will set SL team up nicely for the T 20 world cup too. Every body in the team played the part well even the youngsters this time except Chandimal. I think Chandi's spot has to go to Priyanjan. Mahela, Hats off to you, simply because you delivered again once it's needed the most!

  • Jawlal on March 9, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    Dat was a superb team effort from SL....how beautifully they played,how beautifully they performed....it was really marvellous & smooth win....Pakistan looked no match to SL in this game......Both India & Pakistan have to learn a lot from SL....

  • Zainnajam on March 9, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Now Watch what actually is the Losing Cause for Pakistan. 1) At First the Top Order was ALWAYS a Failure, Ex. (Against South africa both Series, West Indies series, Etc)

    2) After Top Order Became Better (Sri Lanka series) The Middle Order is Failed. (Start of Asia Cup, Pakistan's second, Third, And Fourth Match.) FINAL

    3) Now Middle Order is GEtting Strong with Fawad Alam's Help, and Top Order Failed 4) Pakistan now Depends HUGELY and TOTALLY On Ajmal's Help.

    5) Fast Bowling has just got a Mere Failure.

    If we can All Improve those Things at Once, Losing will be Far from Reality.

  • on March 9, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    didnt SL have a jinx of 250 plus score chases? nice time to break the hoodoo

  • The-love on March 9, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Congratulations to SL fans from India.They deserve it.They had been waiting for sometime for SL's success in final.It was a pleasure watching Afganis playing the way they did.Although Bangladesh could not win any game but they didn't give any easy victory to other teams.Big 3 had to earn that from them.Overall most successful Asia cup till now,I would say.It should not surprise other countries,if this tournament becomes a tournament of 5 teams in Top 8 in next 4 years.Hope for the best and all the best for other asian associatives too.

  • sidh78 on March 9, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Noticed one thing how the nature of the tracks(pitchs) change the quality of team.SL wins on super flat roads of bangaladesh.but same SL team thrashed by india in CT & tri series in ENG & WI on fast seaming bouncy tracks & SL not win a single series OUt side SL since 2000.really cricket is funny game.

  • INDSlider on March 9, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    @g.narsimha: I don't think you have a valid point there.We missed only Dhoni from our squad. Because, Dhoni is our best finisher and whenever otherwise our brittle batting order tumbles, he leads the way to the victory. But, the other players like Yuvi, Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina and Harbhajan are out for an obvious reason. They were not in good form lately and a lot of young better talent emerged. See the stats of our missing players in their last year of play. Youvi averaged 19.71 from 15 innings with 2 fifties. Gambhir averaged 21.85 from 7 inings with 1 fifty. Raina averaged 24.25 from 12 innings. Sehwag averaged 21.70 from 10 innings with 1 fifty. He played just 1 match in 2013. Bhajji averaged 41.29 for 17 wickets.These suggests they shouldn't be even in Associate teams.Though we don't like to accept as we lost to best 2 Asian teams, the truth is that we fielded our best available team.

  • neanderthal on March 9, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    SL fans jumping with joy at replacing India as No2. Well, sorry to break the news. NO YOU HAVENT!! You have to win 6 tournaments in a row like India did to do that may be. Till Then, you are still no 3 as per ICC's latest rankings.

  • Darkmanx12155 on March 9, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Well played Thiri and well done SL

  • alipk52 on March 9, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Well the pitches in Bangladesh is always called fast bowlers graveyard, so not a big deal if it didn't clicked in bangladesh, fast bowlers can only be successful here against batting line up who is not good at all, I hardly find anyone who said the above, people who think they have good cricketing sense don't know it's pacers graveyard? if the "best" indian batting line up regularly fails on bouncy tracks, then I actually forgot when was the last time Pakistani bowlers failed, and one couldn't ignore the best South African bowling line up with no.1 and no.2 bowlers in world failed against Australia, will this mean they're very poor bowlers? always remember guys and all those bashing Pakistani bowling "form is temporary, but class is permanent" so Pakistani bowlers are classy bowlers, and 2 odd game will not affect it. Well played SL, but I must add it was us who lose it, poor fielding, poor bowling areas by gul and Talha.

  • g.narsimha on March 9, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    MAHANAMA- Idont think the INDIAN team which participated in ASIA CUP can stay at no-3, this team can be beaten at home also ,becouse u need 4-5 players who can play run aball inning through out the game but in this team only SHIKER & KOHLI are capable of scoring run a ball , they secceedd in ENG , INDIA won CHAMP trophy they could not repeat it in DHAAKA , the blame goes to SELECTORS, BCCI , if u have left behind at home the match winners who were instrumentle in making cricket popular in INDIA -SAHWAAG, GAMBHEER, RAINA, YUVRAJ all with proven capabilties of scoring more than run aball inning all over the world, i would have been happy if AFGANISTAAN beaten our team u cant drop above mentioned expirienced players in mass , see who won matches for PAK- AFRIDI & for SL - SANGA , MAHELA -u people wary of BCCI dominating icc, let bcci persist with the same team in upcoming matches iam sure our people stop watching cricket as i cant find any charm in watching rohit rahene & ashwin

  • on March 9, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Pakistan should get rid of below average bowling and fielding coaches In my opinion Mohsin Khan would have been an ideal coach Also the new chairman is doing more damage than good What was he doing in Bangladesh during the final Pakistan should also consider to make Misbah, Hafeez and Gul retired as they have well passed their prime Talha and Junaid are just average bowlers and should also be replaced Javed Also

  • Sports4Youth on March 9, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    UMAR GUL & MOHD.TALHA were dissapointing. Actually even JUNAID did not get many wickets in this tounament. But That is largely due to tbe fact that Junaid was introduced into the attacks only after GUL & Hafeez allowed to openers to be well set and start attacking everyone.

    MISBAH should stop treating Gul as the senior bowler in all formats. Gul gets thrashed regularly and comes good only once in a while. Pakistan had the best attack when MOHD.IRFAN & JUNAID KHAN were opening the attack.

    WHEN THING IS STANDING OUT VERY CLEAR IS THAT MISBAH HAS NOT LEARNT ANYTHING FROM HIS PAST MISTAKES.

  • Sports4Youth on March 9, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    Batting Averages - Tests / Frist class

    FAWAD Alam - 41.66 / 55.75

    HARIS Sohail - - - - - - 52.01

    ASAD Shafiq - 37.08 / 38.44

    AZHAR Ali - - 38.53 / 36.18

    M.HAFEEZ - - - 33.96 / 34.84

    After looking at the above numbers one is bound to ask why are FAWAD ALAM & HARIS SOHAIL not being considered for Test Matches. Why are Hafeez, Azhar & Shafiq being given such a long rope in tests. Time to wakeup or keep loosing.

  • Sports4Youth on March 9, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Yes it is true that Pakistan have lost all last three matches against SL. That is largely because SL has a much more balanced side. Their Feilding & Batting is far superior to Pak. And most importantly the much touted Pakistani bowling has been once again exposed.

    But most importantly, FAWAD ALAM. He is the guy for whom I was waiting to see. Finally he got an opportunity only because SHARJEEL Khan got injured. Otherwise MISBAH would never had played him. Even if there would have been anyother batsman in the squad Misbah would have left out FAWAD. But finally he got a chance and boy, hasnt he latched on to it. With his average of over 55 in First Class matches, FAWAD is sure to be big hit like Younis & Yousuf in Tests. He could be the next big thing PAK cricket has been waiting for.

    MOHD.TALHA has been a major dissapointment in this series, except the India game. Frankly I did not expect too much from him because his First Class numbers as as bad as UMAR GUL and WAHAB RIAZ.

    .

  • on March 9, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Well done Sl you made us proud.

  • on March 9, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    nz gonna win the T20

  • British_North_America on March 9, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Pakistan does not have any class batsman and class bowler apart from Ajmal.A mediocre side overall.

  • roook on March 9, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Overall despite wins all were close call for Pakistan. Pakistan Bowling and fielding was pathetic through out the tournament with exception of saeed ajmal. They nearly save them from embarrassment from afghanistan. With Inconsistent bowling, batting and fielding we cannot be competitive and we will seel see saw type of performances. Junaid khan, Umar Gul, talha all have performed below par leakiing too many runs. Misbah instead of blaming bowlers and batsman should take the responsibility else give up captaincy.

  • on March 9, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Well done SRI LANKA.....I think the great wall behind the sri lanka cricket, team's success is The Greatest for a long time SANATH JAYASURIYA...He is doing a great, unbearable job behind the screen...

  • on March 9, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Well done srilanka Fans are excited for winning something after long time.What they have achieved after 96 WC ? Those who drag India to it , when was the last time SL against india before this tournament.

  • GodDamnYou on March 9, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Misbah is a match winner for oppositions so often he score 50 opponent wins , Further the truth is that Thiri's and MJ's classes were too much for Pakistani. It was not poor bowling it was just a situation what Classic batting overcome a Quality bowling attack. Just try to understand facts fans.

  • GodDamnYou on March 9, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    @sherishahmir. Remember Pak have lost all last three matches against SL in row, it seems almost impossible and hell tough task for Pak to beat SL with the current form that the SL have. I think in resent history Pak have not loss 3 in a row against same opposition. Pak people always underestimate the opposition and pay the price. Good instance is last BD match which Blinder Afridi came and rescue Pak form such a probable humiliation. Just be kind enough to give credit where it is due. Remember that in the modern era of cricket, there is no permanent hero specially in shorter format (T20/ODI) of the game.

  • bootlicker on March 9, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    This final was not a final to SL because they had better 'finals' before this official final. BAN gave a much harder time to SL than PAK at the league stages. AFGAN also gave a tougher time to SL than PAK. India would be a much better opponent to SL if they had come to the final. So all in all,the incapable and the wrong team came to the final with SL and diluted the importance of the ASIA CUP FINAL 2014. WHAT A SHAME !!!!

  • uboatlover on March 9, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    i see ppl blaming misbah what else u want from the guy. he is a pillar of stability in this pack of volatile ppl. if his bowlers do not perform, his fielders drop catches and his three top batsman fail. what can he do alone

  • INDSlider on March 9, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    @ Yousafahmed11: But stats don't lie mate. See below where we are actually, Our cupboard is full of trophies we accumulated from shorter formats. But our boasting is far from reality. This shows win/loss ratio against top teams Aus, SA and Eng in away matches for different periods. Still SL and Pak are well ahead us. Link shows the results for the last 3 years.

    1990s:SL-0.42 Pak. 0.55 Ind-0.31 Ban-0.00 2000s: SL-0.50 Pak. 0.42 Ind-0.65 Ban-0.06 Last 5 years: SL-1.00 Pak. 0.54 Ind-0.39 Ban-0.20 Last 4 years:SL-0.95 Pak. 0.61 Ind-0.42 Ban-0.20 Last 3 years: SL-0.94 Pak. 0.68 Ind-0.28 Last 2 years:SL-1.00 Pak. 0.63 Ind-0.80 Last 12 months:SL-infinity Pak. 0.53 Ind-0.66

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=11;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=3;result=1;result=2;result=3;result=4;result=5;spanmax2=07+Mar+2014;spanmin2=07+Mar+2011;spanval2=span;team=25;team=6;team=7;team=8;template=results;type=team

  • MichaelBurton on March 9, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    @Yousafahmed11: It is indeed great to play in difficult Dhaka and Sarjah pitches. We Kiwis know how difficult it is. Most importantly so called world beaters (LMAO) were pathetic in our fast bouncy as well as spin friendly Dhaka and Sarjah pitches and still call world beaters? I totally admire the way Sri Lankan and Pakistan players played. Also there are positives for Afganisthan to take away from the series. May be it is neutral for Bangladesh as they were in the loosing track for some time. But for you Indians it is going down the hill after you got demoralized by us.

  • on March 9, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    well again Lionz on the top...congrz sri lanka. i think it was a poor bowling display by PAK...and well tactical batting display by Mahela n Thirimana. both shown lot of charactor... Pak shud have send afiridi 2,3 down.. coz he was absolutly in form through out the series..i think pak did not gain that extra benifit...SL point of view thirimana is the star but in my mind Mahela was the key factor...because it was unexpacted at that point... his experience caused Sl ahead. .. Malinga was oustanding...akmal factor is anthor key shud consider of PAK mgt. he is a capable player must give sometim to spend in da wicket. ..Well Played Sri Lanka and wish you all the best for up coming world T20... N thanks for giving this winning feeling continuosly....

  • KANCHANA623 on March 9, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Well played SriLanka. Points table is a reflexion of the real places of the Asian teams. Sl,Pak,India, Bangla and Afgan.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on March 9, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lankam, you deserved it. Going through a multi-nation tournament undefeated is no mean feat.

  • on March 9, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    Pak out of form seamers costed us the title. Junaid picking 1 wicket in the tournament was a misery and he was not used properly by Misbah! Talha and Gul were generally off target. We missed M.Irfan. Hafeez Afridi ajmal seems more potent when seamers do their job properly because its a team game where collectively u build pressure. Pak batting is all fine. Sharjeel should b replaced with Kamran Akmal who will bat better than him and is a regular keeper. Despite of fawad's brilliance, I still feel Sohaib shud b in thr for him till misbah retirement. Once misbah retires, fawad can b a regular fixture. Afridi should have been sent right before 40th over with fawad could have gone inside claiming a muscle pull or injury. We could have been easily 290-9 had we shuffled after batting wisely after 40th over but yea its a gone story now I predict either srilanka or Pakistan in the final of T20 cup and India's exclusion at group stages again.

  • Cricket0083 on March 9, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Pakistan Team must be proud of BOOM BOOM Afridi.. he saved two matches

  • on March 9, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka!!!! Great all around effort.

  • on March 9, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Congrats to Srilanka , a.well deserved win. Best of luck for T20 worldcup, wish cup to b in Asia by either Pakistan or Srilanka.

  • stormy16 on March 9, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    SL have won games from unbelievable positions during the series but in the final it was probably the best example of controling a game to a comfortable win. The first move of the plan was to pick Lakma ahead of Mendis who may not have been as effective on this wicket which hardly spun. Then Lakmal bolwed an amazing spell of a 7 overs in the first 20 overs to keep a lid on the run rate. Malinga was simply awsome in his opening spell but in hindsight, it was a 300 wicket but Misbah and Fawad just couldnt get going thanks to so superb seam bowling in the first 20 overs. Pakistan played their only card left in the slog overs to get to 260 but SL batted with class and maturity beyond expectations. Thiri was simply awesome and with Mahela, nullyfied the only real Pak threat in Ajmal and in the end it was a relatively easy win. Congrats due to SL for top notch cricket throughout the tournament.

  • on March 9, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Very poor bowling by our pace bowlers Umar Gul, Junaid Khan and Talah lost us Asia final today. They were off the target, wave ward and hardly attacked batmen wicket. Most of the time they bowled short pitched balls which were easily hit for fours', and on the leg side. There were very few balls that were bowled on the off side or targeted middle stumps.

    Our opening pair and Hafeez were cheaply bowled out because of irresponsible shots. I believe that the better team won the Final and deserved to win considering its consistent good form. Well done Sri Lanka and well done Pakistan for reaching the final.

    Pakistani selectors have to very think hard to appoint a good batting and bowling coach with a lot of experience in playing test cricket to improve batting skills and techniques of our new boys.

    I do regret that we did not win the Asia Cup Final but we did beat the Indians and won nation's hearts.

  • on March 9, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    I think Pakistan needs to change their bowling coach because coach has ruined pakistan fast bowling attack. Pakistan's fast bowling always been superb. Since Pakistan got this coach, a new bowler comes in performs very good and then next match gets hammered. Congratulations to Siri Lanka for great performance through out the tournament. 260 was still good total If fast bowlers performed well, Pakistan lost this mach because of poor bowling. Time to change bowling coach simple is that!

  • kr_kinshuk on March 9, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Congrats to the Sri Lankan team. They deserved this win. Kept their calm through the entire tournament. Too often, flashes of brilliance tend to win against consistency. Which is y, South Africa has fewer trophies in its cupboard than some other sides which just happened to produce the right performance on the right day.

    Don't get me wrong. I've nothing against sides making a bad start and winning on the big days. That has its own charm. But it's nice to see consistency triumph over individual moments of brilliance mixed with slices of fortune going your way.

  • iNsiDers on March 9, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Well Done Lankan Brothers, congrats for winning. Well played Pakistan as well and showing a different face of Paki team. We love you team Pakistan.

  • Vinothar on March 9, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    well done srilanka...the most defining champions. Really proud of you guys...Hope the momentum continues to the T20 world cup.

  • Greatest_Game on March 9, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka on their win, and to both teams for providing all the world's fans a feast of exciting, adventurous and well played cricket. The rising stars in both teams bode well for the future, and it was a treat to see the old war horses Mahela, Misbah and Malinga at their finest. Malinga still has the fight in hime to rise to the big occasion, and well deserved the Player of the Match Award. So often the contributions of bowlers are ignored, but it was impossible to ignore that performance.

    I'm looking forward to the World T20, and more spirited battles from both teams.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on March 9, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Congratulation Sri Lanka....... Well done,Superb,Amazing. Thrimianne Unmatchable TON,Mahela's great comeback and Malinga's match winning 5 I think Mahela's 75 is d key 4 win d match.Because PAK more concentrate on Mahela than thiri.then thiri could play with less pressure.so he could end up with a TON and gave title to SL. That's the importance of legendary batsmen in a Team.then opposition more concentrate on them and other can play their natural game. If this momentum going SL would win T20wc . Best of Luck SL.

  • afaleel on March 9, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    kudos to the team...just wonderful as you are a superb team and jelled well as a team. This is what we sri lankan fans want from you. Do not fall pray to money but play the gentlmens game as you are representing this proud nation of ours.Priyanjan must be removed immdiatly as we have better orthodox/classy batsman who can represent SL .

  • ashkolla on March 9, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    well played sri lanka... it was a wonderful tournament for them. after loosing two wickets in 2 balls, mahela and thiri came with possitive mind set. it was the key for sri lanka.this asia cup win will give more advantage for them to climb up the ladder in odi rankings ass well.hopefully they will take the iccT20 world cup. go lions GOOOOO!!!!!!!!

  • karnamgiridhar on March 9, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Finally, deserving team won the title. But not to forget the fight Pakistan gave. Had they latched on to the opportunities that came their way, probably could have been a close finish, who knows. But full marks to fawad Alam, his fight back goes a long way in his career. I remember pakistans great batsmen like Miandad, salim Mallik, Inzamam etc who were rustic in their approach but very strong mentally who won many games for Pakistan at such difficult situation. fawad Alam may be one among them as he has strong batting acumen.

  • on March 9, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    Behind this tournament win, I can see Sanath's contribution and most importantly Paul Farbrace's pedagogy. This guy seems to be working on the mental aspect of the Sri Lankans and hence able to win all the close games and most importantly a Final. Sanath as the chief selector must stay for now no matter what media says. Paul Farbrace's short unbeaten track record as the coach continues. I can see SL going to be a very competitive side in the next decade if they stick to Sanath+ Farbrace combo.

  • Prabhash1985 on March 9, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    I think the A team should be the "medical clinic" of the team; that is, if someone doesn't perform well, should they go back to A team, and try to perform well. I think it's time for Chandimal to go back to A team, and give his slot to Tharanga. I used to say this for a long time that Tharanga should be playing in A team to gain confidence, and should play Test cricket as his style more suits. But, now I think it's time for Chandimal to stay calm and away from the team. And should let Tharanga to come to his position. Of course Chandi should play T20, as the captain, but he must play more in A team. That's my perspective. Once Shaminda is ready, I hope he comes back to ODI team. He is a great asset. We should play more against Ireland or New Zealand in those conditions, and P Sara Oval and Pallekele. Sri Lanka should try to renovate the Nuwara Eliya ground, which is known as Little England. It's very important that you learn how to play swing and bounce, something like Mitch's bowling!

  • alisaqib610 on March 9, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka! Undoubtedly the deserving winners of this Asia cup. It turned out that Malinga's 3 early wickets ended up being the difference because Pakistan played extremely cautiously after that and therefore were never capable of getting to a winning total. However, for a change the Pakistani Batsman have been quite good this tournament and it has actually been the fast bowling that has let us down. Umar Gul and Talha were not up to the mark meaning that Junaid did not have a good bowling partner. Pakistan produced some wonderful comebacks in this tournament but today it was not to be. Sri Lanka were unbeaten in the whole tournament and were the undisputed winners.

  • cricpanther on March 9, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    well done srilanka, malinga, thirumane!! Also great to see fawad batted. Interrogate heavily to Hafeez for his intentional cut shot and give away his wicket, may be he was not a captain so he don't care to play, also look at his bad intentional bowling, fielding too. Also interrogate gang leader afridi, not bowled good and play to loose!! Also more players who are purposefully not played are Sharjeel bated bad and see his catch out of the boundary of Kusal was intentional error. Umar gul also teamed up with Afridi and Hafeez company to bowled bad and not to take wickets!! Wasted efforts of youngster like Fawad and spirited cricketer Misbah!! Heavy interrogation for Hafeez, Afridi, Gul, Sharjeel for asia cup final match...for intentional under performance which is similar to match fixing!! and if possible throw out of these kind of non cricketing spirited cricketers.if hafeez was captain he could have play better!!!!

  • Johnny_129 on March 9, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Congratulations SL!! Two 'best teams' in Asia played the final and SL was deserved winners. SL has finally done it after grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory on many previous finals. Pak on the other hand showed glimpses of brilliance in the tournament but showed a lack of substance when faced with a fighting team - It is unfortunate that Afridi's last over heroics against India did not result in a tournament win - It was deserving but, Fawad Alam, seems to be a good find for Pak.

  • on March 9, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Mattews showed what he can do. Now its up to Chandimal. Ideal senario for SL would be to give a break to Chandimal during the T20 WC. Let Matthews captain the side. Chandimal is good for tests n ODIs. in T20s he is a sitting duck!

  • ARJQ on March 9, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    SL deserved to win this, heartiest congratz from Pakistan. Pak put up a good score and it was bowling & fielding that has let down Pak in the tournament. Pak always expects some magic from Ajmal and he usually does his magic but Ajmal's 10 overs can't win match to Pak if they are losing in the other 40 overs. With this bowling & fielding if Pak had scored 300 - SL would have chased down with 2 overs to spare for sure. But I am glad at the result of match, the way SL played it was worth seeing - great innings by Thirimanne and Mahela, saw such confident batting after long time though that they got chances but this is beauty of cricket they capitalized those chances well in the end. Best a luck for World T20!

  • yohandf on March 9, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Sri Lanka should bring momentum toward WT20 as well . We have played in Bangladesh for a month and should be knowledgeable of pitch . so they should do well . my T20 xi - Kusal , Dilshan / Thiri , Sanga , Mahela , Chandimal , Mathews , Thissara / Lakmal , Kula/ Seekkuge , Sachitra / Herath , Lasith , Mendis/ Chaturanga

  • sidh78 on March 9, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    congratulations to SL for wining asia cup on super flat tracks of bangaladesh against inexperienced&young indian team&unpredictable pakistan.What a change. just some time ago this champion team thrashed by indian team in CT & Tri series in ENG & WI on fast seaming bouncy wickets.now they declair themselve no. 1 team by wining on flat teack.but why not,SL can win only flat tracks.so enjoy your sucsess.

  • cooljack_143 on March 9, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    Now will you all Pak fans plz shut up calling SL brothers & so on.I mean dont get over emotional. plz accept fact that u lost & lost too badly.Watching highlights, SL played awesomely awesome.They showed how to play aggressive brand of cricket in Finals.I 'm sure jaya would have had a chat before they went out to chase 260.Pak bowlers were all over the park & fielding absolutely annoying. Sharjeel&Talha are just not yo intl standards & Junaid is a overly over confident bloke.The way Tirimanne batted vs short pitch bowling was great to watch. SL will lift T20 WC no doubt about that.They have the spark & charisma to beat other teams.

  • RichardMLindsay on March 9, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. I like both teams so I didn't care for the result. Happy for my SL mates and sad for my PAK ones. Bring on the T20 World Cup!!

  • challagalla on March 9, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Congrats to SL for winning the Asia cup. They outplayed India earlier and now Pakistan in the final to deservingly win the cup. I was distraught when India lost but I have to admit we lost to the better team. We lost to Pakistan earlier and they played very well too to defeat us. The two best teams were in the finals and the better team won. Cheers to SL and wishing them all the best for world T20.

  • Yousafahmed11 on March 9, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    Winning 8 games in BD and 1 in Abudabi is something great! What a bowling pitch! Fearsome bowlers like Styen, Jhonson and Morkel! Congrts to SL for winning 9 games even if only 1 win against a team ranked above them!

  • on March 9, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    The young Sri Lankans are slowly taking on the responsibilities from the seniors. I don't think even Dilshan could just walk in to the team when he's fit! His most recent performances doesn't warrant him his usual opener's role in the SL ODI team. Looking forward to the next world cup in Australia & NZ, I think it's essential for SL that Chandimal is playing well. Priyanjan too is an exciting find but has a long way to go. (He reminds me of Aravinda in his 'mad-max' era). Chathuranga too is a fine find. but it remains to be seen what he could do outside the helpful wickets. It's very good that Lakmal is incorporated in the SL's plans for the next world cup. He could play a major role in seamer friendly conditions. All in all Sri Lanka's composition with a number of seam bowling all-rounders is well suited for the upcoming WC. Thiri too shouldn't abandon his bowling. I'm really impressed with Angelo. He has got the potential to become Sri Lanka's next WC winning captain.

  • on March 9, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    It's very funny to see comments of some immature Indians (very few of them though) keyboard warriors. they make me laugh.....

  • siddhartha87 on March 9, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    Pakistan lost the tournament due to their over rated bowling attack.Between Gul,Afridi, Junaid they have only 9 wickets .Only Ajmal seems to be a good bowler. Seriously i never understand why Pakistani bowling is termed as one of the best

  • on March 9, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    Congrats Lions! The deserving champions :) at the same time don't ever forget the effort put in by Santh, Hashan, Vass, Marvan & co in selecting a young squad & training them to perform at the big stage.. They had to deal with so many critics during last few months yet they never gave up on our youngsters. Now we see the results. Hats off to the old SL legends :)

  • on March 9, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    I watched the match last night and got early sleep so i waked up early and started browsing to see news analysis comments about Asia cup. Oh my god nothing on many cricket sites. All sites are still full of Aus , Sa , Ind and ENG news even with personal gossips. wow What a cricketing world we have. its clear that commentators medea personals ,experts of word cricket depend on already big 3 favour. any way I saw Just one news on ESPN Its also enough for the time being I Thanks ESPN as a sri lankan. The way of current world cricket is so cheeky to be watched lol. I wasted my time finally I watched highlights of Asia cup final i saw great perform of lions I wish SL to better T 20 cup

  • bjcm12 on March 9, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka. This team has to be retained for one dayers. Also T20 - SL selectors needs to decide to give the captaincy to Matthews and drop Chandimal from the team. They should try Kapugedara once again for the last time.

  • Baber_Baloch on March 9, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    Many positive and lessons for Pakistan team in this tournament , specially Umar Gul is not any more threat for batsman he should be only for T20 no more for one day his time is over in one day , also fawad is good for establish a innings. we need guys allrounder like anwer ali. Umrar akal need more to to consistent.....even it was good cricket from Pakistan..congrats to Sri Lanka nation.

  • kovinbuddi on March 9, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    Fantastic Cricket Match.Sri Lanka played all the matches the correct way. They were not thinking of victory, but played ball by ball very carefully and well. They deserved this win very congratulations Sri Lanka Cricket Team.Keep the Team Spirit.

  • Mobin_My_Name on March 9, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    Congrats SL from Pakistani Fan. After Pak inning Fadi said Misbah bhai was telling me 220 is a good score on this Wicket and even match against BD he is looking for 260 to avoid bonus point. Its a high tym in Pakistan Cricket. This defensive mind set wouldn,t help Pakistan lifting 2015 WC. Year left give chance to some one like Ahmed Shehzad n see how he handle n lead Pakistan he is only 22 n bright Future ahead.

    Best of luck to Men in Green for T-20 World Cup.

  • on March 9, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal and Malinga finished the series with 11 wickets each - the highest in this series. Overall in the Asia Cup, four of the top-five wicket takers are from Sri Lanka, with Muttiah Muralitharan leading the list with 30 wickets. Ajantha Mendis, who didn't get to play in this match, is next with 26 wickets.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;orderby=wickets;template=results;trophy=14;type=bowling

  • on March 9, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal and Malinga finished the series with 11 wickets each - the highest in this series. Overall in the Asia Cup, four of the top-five wicket takers are from Sri Lanka, with Muttiah Muralitharan leading the list with 30 wickets. Ajantha Mendis, who didn't get to play in this match, is next with 26 wickets.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;orderby=wickets;template=results;trophy=14;type=bowling

  • on March 9, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    Sri Lanka have won nine ODIs on the trot, starting with their win against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi last year. This is just one short of their longest streak of wins which lasted for ten ODIs between February 2004 and July 2004. I am not going to compare with other countries as all knows longest away winless streak excluding AFG and BAN.

  • Nuwas on March 9, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    Seen some questioning Sanga's duck in the final, but they should've seen the Hawk-eye replay,he was unlucky, the ball was just touching the leg stump, and he was the man who was behind most of our wins towards the final, so please speak sense.And MJ proved again that he is the BigMatch Player in style. Priyanjan looks in the mold of Little Kalu to me, if he could work more with Marven,I'm pretty sure he will become another devastating middle-order batsmen,he got power,even some says no technique; he do have a good one & looks a calm player. Having said all, I really appreciate sensible Indian commentators & their wishes,so I hope your team also would become stable soon enough.But unfortunately for the handful of bluffers out there; you just can not stand a SL win can you??? I still can remember those days when we used to outplay you guys on you own soil & what guys like you did was burning down your own players' houses. Keyboard warriors like you who made shame on your own Team.grow up

  • cric_leo on March 9, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    it's very professional performance from SL. obviously it was very pleased to watch attitude and courage from sri lankan youngsters. that was the thing we need to go forward and challenge to big teams. sl bench strength is awosome... even sri lanka could offer leave to front line spinner like sachithra and left ajantha mendis at all important final...... they played without dilshan and herath, their best players in whole tournament.

    we need to maintain this consistency, we need to long way. test series win in IND, AUS, SA. lets focus on T20 WC. one at a time.

  • on March 9, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    @san5678: Your argument is wrong. There are instances where the team batting second lost the match in the same ground. For example great SA loss to Kiwis. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/433602.html

    Though we could say if Pak would have won batting second. I am sure ordinary Indian batting line up never win a match against SL or PAK even after batting second. You were just lucky to overcome only bottom level teams like AFG and BAN. Everybody knew your bowling is average probably below AFG. But India were boasting for their batting for a long time. If you see the batting statistics of this Asia cup, you will realize it is also a overhype as your team.

    Top batsmen in Asia: HDRL Thirimanne (SL) 5 5 0 279 102 55.80 349 79.94 2 0 Umar Akmal (Pak) 5 5 2 253 102* 84.33 229 110.48 KC Sangakkara (SL) 5 5 0 248 103 49.60 257 96.49 1 2 1 Ahmed Shehzad (Pak) 5 5 0 228 103 45.60 285 80.00 1 Anamul Haque (Ban) 4 4 0 227 100 56.75 333 68.16 1 AD Mathews (SL) 5 5 4 196 74* 196.00 225 87

  • on March 9, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    @san5678: Your argument is wrong. There are instances where the team batting second lost the match in the same ground. For example great SA loss to Kiwis. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/433602.html

    Though we could say if Pak would have won batting second. I am sure ordinary Indian batting line up never win a match against SL or PAK even after batting second. You were just lucky to overcome only bottom level teams like AFG and BAN. Everybody knew your bowling is average probably below AFG. But India were boasting for their batting for a long time. If you see the batting statistics of this Asia cup, you will realize it is also a overhype as your team.

    Top batsmen in Asia: HDRL Thirimanne (SL) 5 5 0 279 102 55.80 349 79.94 2 0 Umar Akmal (Pak) 5 5 2 253 102* 84.33 229 110.48 KC Sangakkara (SL) 5 5 0 248 103 49.60 257 96.49 1 2 1 Ahmed Shehzad (Pak) 5 5 0 228 103 45.60 285 80.00 1 Anamul Haque (Ban) 4 4 0 227 100 56.75 333 68.16 1 AD Mathews (SL) 5 5 4 196 74* 196.00 225 87

  • on March 9, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Finally Youngsters delivering & Sri Lanka won the Cup..... impressed with Sanath the way he was standing in heat applauding.... wow still he loves the game as he was in his playing days.....

  • yohandf on March 9, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    Well done guys . congrats . you made all SL proud with this win . we looked the best team throughout this tournament and deservedly won at the end . Really happy about young crops of our cricket . Kusal , Thiri , Ashan , Chaturanga , Lakmal are getting responsibility when required . Older guys too adding valuable experience to the mix . Now it is again to T20 world cup and hope guys will be up for it . let them have some time with fami;lies to chill out . Spare of a thought for Pakistanis - they played well but their score was bit less and bowling looked toothless except Ajmal . Had they bowled to potential they would have come to a closer game . try next time guys .

  • nothingnew on March 9, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    Someone talking about the this is not ICC Trophy . that is true .But don't forget sub continent are the best in Odi . That is same as Big ICC trophy . Playing with the biggest opposition makes something special all the time .SL is the team always come for finals even they couldn't grab the Trophy all the time. They are having balance team . Yesterday played 5 all rounders ,2 bowlers and 4 specialized batsman . Don't worry some indian talking much about the Dhoni and experiment with their team . SL also played without few key players Dilshan , Nuwan Kulasekara . We know what Dhoni can do .We saw those in SA and NZ ? Will see what will happen at T20 Worldcup . good luck SL for T20 worldcup . have a good time in their .

  • on March 9, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka, and watch out for the next Sanath Jayasuriya, an early warning to all the teams in the world, here comes a real "Lion", his name is KUSAL Perera.

  • VinothSam on March 9, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    Nothing more to say. Champs are always champs. No team can reach to final as many as SL does. Everytime SL faced different teams in the finals but everytime SL was in the final. That means they deserve to rise the cup. One of the best team made it. That was Sri Lanka. Hard working and never give up. They are on a course to recover all the cups they missed. Asia cup checked. Next T20WC.

  • on March 9, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    very happy about SL NEW COMERS as they did well ...with the seniors ...thanks Mahela ..you proved well that you stand by when we need .....BUT disappointed ..when Afridi comes in for last two balls ....JUST to stand the other end ...not to bat ...we knew if he comes bit early he will do something to increase PK total ...at least another 20 more runs like akmal....Thanks for SL selectors ..pls give opportunity to new players with Sanga. Mahela, Mathives, Malinga, ...........all the best

  • DilumSL on March 9, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    Well played both teams.but SL is clearly the best. congradz to SL. theres no doubt about Malinga who took 5 wickets again. but those wickets came becoz other bowlers also bowled really well specially Lakmal. we saw in SL innings that Ajmal is bowling superbly but he had no support at all. When It comes to batting SL did wonderfully even they lost Sanga without any contributionl. everyone is praising Thiri and Mahela of cause they played really well. Specially Thiri, his scoring rate helps mahela to bat without any pressure. But it was Kusal who set it up. he demoralized the fast bowles and give the perfect start. A word about the tournament. this is the best Asia cup ever. most of the games went to the last ball. and all the teams show their best performance. but fielding is not up to the mark from all teams. even in the final there were 3 or 4 drop catches. and i am not impressed with some awards. Akmal the best fielder is joke. and mathews should have given some thing for his avg

  • on March 9, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    congrats to Sri Lanka. Delighted to see Sri Lanka winning even after Sanga out for 0. This shows that Team doesn't depend on Sanga always.

  • Prabhash1985 on March 9, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    congratulations sri lanka! Very proud of you! It's like a wake up after a long long nightmare... Hope the "trophy drought" is over. Angelo seems to be getting better and better. Sri Lanka should try to correct their mistakes even if we win this. It's a continuous process. Sri Lankans usually don't go crazy when they win, but they never discard the heroics they played when they lose. In our culture, we try to be in a middle path as much as possible, but in our hearts, we feel the happiness in victory. So well done boys! We are really happy, and we are over the moon! Thank you Sri Lankan team! Keep working hard. I think this is a good start. Hope Thisara can improve his bowling a lot. His bowling at the death overs is aweful. Saying this not to demoralize him, but because seeing the talent the guy has, and the gap between what he can become and what he has become. When these two fast bowling all-rounders go to seaming conditions, they can be a great weapon as a team with Malinga et al.

  • on March 9, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    Great win for Sri Lanka. What was most pleasing was that the youngsters in in the Sri Lankan side performed under pressure right throughout the tournament. Matthews excelled as captain. Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Trimanne were outstanding. Chathuranga De Silva and Kusal Perera performed in patches. Dinesh Chandimal and Sachithra Senanayake were disappointing. From the seniors Malinga and Sangakkara had a good tournament whilst Mahela performed in the final. Tisara Perera needs to improve his bowling. If Tisara , Sachithra and Dinesh Chandimal can improve their form, I think Sri Lanka has found a good squad to be a challenge at the next world cup.

  • on March 9, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    congrats to SL on winning the cup. both teams played well throughout the tournament. Key to SL success from my veiw is Teamwork, and the think tank they have. youngsters have the awareness of match situation. the experienced lile sanga , mahela, mathews to giude them, although they are in short of match changers. Pak on other hand has made it a habit to rely on individual brillinance. for example Ajmal bowled excellently but need a partner on the other end to contain and keep up the pressure, Misbah and Fawad rebuilt the innings but they should have thought at some point around 30 overs that they need to get the most out of the remaining Pak fire power. I think that costed Pak the match. retaining 5 wickets at the end of the inning would not reap any benifit which the experiened players should have known

  • visualdp on March 9, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    Well Done Sri Lanka. Nothing to argue & Truly deserved They have focused really well to win all 5 matches in the tournament specially the final. The younger SL players are a treat to watch. Its an amazing Asia Cup. Really enjoyed. Thanks SL,PAK & IND for bringing such thrillers. You guys brought life to 50 over cricket.

  • sundoo on March 9, 2014, 1:33 GMT

    It was Pak 's bowling that came a poor second. They batted well .Mentally Pakistan is always deficient and miss out inspite of always having a winning combination.Afridi for once rode his luck and pulled them into the Final otherwise they were a gonner .

  • kandykolla on March 9, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    Thank you Mr Paul Fabrice and our Sanath Jayasuriya !! Even though I`m not a

    fan of your politics I really admire you as a selector and a big Thank you for

    giving the youngsters ( Chathuranga, Priyanjana, Lakmal ) the chance and hope

    these guys will grab it with open hands . It nice to see competion

    arising in the Sri Lankan team as no player is permanantly fixed in the Sri Lankan

    line up.

  • kiran_2015 on March 9, 2014, 0:46 GMT

    Congratulations to Team SL for an very nice win. Malinga was the Difference between the sides and what a time to produce the match winning spell on flat track he showed his class, a champion bowler and well supported by solid batting performance under pressure by SL batsmen.Pakistan Surprisingly batted very well in the series but lacked the force in the fast bowling dept which cost them the final.

  • on March 9, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    To all cricket fans all over the world who said that Sri Lanka is a one man show with Sanga, And when Sanga failed Sri Lanka fail. So now We have proved to the world that We are a team not a one man show. Yesterday I wrote that the final will be Mahela's day how true it was.Congratulations SL well done. Next step to win the world Twenty 20. Keep up the good work boys.

  • Guduji71 on March 9, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    It was a good match. But the important factors I want to shed light on are the bowling of Umar Gul. Can you believe I was praying that they dropped Umar Gul for the final. His track record in the finals is hopeless. World cup 2011 semi final and now in this Asia cup final he unfortunately opens bowling bowls short out side off stump and gives easy runs to the opposition. I must highlight the role of the bowling coach M. Akram. This is partly his fault who could not convince fast bowler to bowl full and straight. And can people please stop claiming that Pakistani fast bowling is very good because it is not good, anymore. Sharjeel, A. Shahzad and M. Hafeez were disappointing. But I was really impressed by the innings of Fawad Alam. He with Misbah almost had match winning partnership. We must try and look for a regular wicket keeper, U. Akmal is good enough to play just as a batsman, alone.

  • san5678 on March 9, 2014, 0:03 GMT

    WELL i would say no one deserve it coz who ever bat second win the game srilanka chases they win the game pakistan chases they win the game coz there is nothing for the bowlers in the second innings so for me it is just matter of luck ..india lost the oppurtunity to bat second against srilanka and pakistan coz they lost the toss ...i will guarantee you if pakistan or srilanka bat first they wont be able to win the game ...but i am proud to say that only the indian and afganistan team bowl well compare to anyother team in the tournament .india bring srilankan and pakistan game right to the last over make it difficlut to srilankan to chase 260 and 243 ....

  • on March 8, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    Sri Lanka deserved winners. What a professional brand of cricket they played. Good performance from Pak, many positives to be taken from this tournament. Not sure where this leaves India, they look low on confidence. Bangladesh have potential but they never quite seem to have the belief in their own talent. Afghanistan will deserve Test status soon, Asian nations need to support them by giving them tour dates and the opportunity for their players to play first class cricket across the subcontinent.

  • mshyder on March 8, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    SL was the deserving winners today. Pakistan team management / captain made 2 huge mistakes which are probably the primary cause of the loss. Firstly they committed the same mistake which Akram made in 1999 WC final i.e. batting first. Since it was known that the wicket will have some moisture in the first few overs of the match and dew might be a factor bowling second it was not a very wise decision. Secondly when Misbah was out, Afridi should have been sent in place of Umar Akmal, not that Umar Akmal batted badly but if Afridi would have faced those 40 odd balls probably he would have score a hundred. Imagine what would the target be in that case. Had Afrid failed Akmal would still be there to play the rest of the overs.

  • Redbacks_Bite on March 8, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    All the hypes and hoopla about Pakisan Bowling attack. The reality is that it was just an average unit. And if you take Ajmal out, the rest of the bowling was just poor to say the least. Ajmal is just a very good bowler and he makes the bowling unit look better

  • on March 8, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    Yeah congratulations to Sri Lanka. They deserve it. They have got a more ballance side. And every body is doing his job in the team. Top stuff from them.

  • on March 8, 2014, 23:21 GMT

    Though I'm a Pakistani yet I'm happy to see Srilanka play so well and I congratulate them for putting up such a great display. Pak must take a lot of positives from this series in terms of a fight they put up in whole series even when Misbah not performing.....Yet I Love my team for putting up such a fight though they lost !! Better luck next time guys !

  • saintsinister on March 8, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    On the day, the team that kept their composure in all three formats (batting, bawling & fielding) won. Deserved victory for SL. Congratulations. You were the better team on the day.

  • on March 8, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    I don't understand why some Pakistani supporters are disappointed. I think Pakistan did very well to recover from 18/3 and if Misbah and Fawad didn't play that way, we would have been out for as usual under 180. Seriously I'm quite excited that we finally have something going for our middle order. The stability that is. As for Sri Lanka, congrats to them, they deserved it more. They played consistent and unbeaten throughout and it was about time they won a title. People who keep saying they should have sent Afridi don't realize he could easily got out on first ball. So talk realistically and praise the whole team for their performance. They did well. I see good potential with current team.

  • on March 8, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    Congratulations Srilanka :) Being a Pakistani I wanted my country to win. However after watching this cricket match, I am happy to see the better team to lift the trophy. Sri Lanka has played very competitive and good cricket with few number of errors in bowling, fielding and batting. on the other hand, all the other teams were playing on luck, rather than on their own skills.

    Lets celeberate together today the win of a great team in Asia.

    Well done Sri Lanka -:)

  • Ali_Chaudhary on March 8, 2014, 21:38 GMT

    Congrats to SL especially to Malinga, Mahela n Thrimanne. People who questioned Mahela's place in the team where are you all? He is the real man. Travelled to uae made a 100 n won the first match. Went to bangladesh made 200+ n won the match unlike sanga who made millions of runs in the 2nd test and yet SL couldnt win that match. Even in Asia cip he made so many meaningless useless runs in the tournament and Mahela was struggling. Yet in the final where it all matters Saga as always made a brialliant golden duck and Mahela a gritty fifty to win the match. Hats off to Mahela the real Lankan Tiger.

  • JahangirHussain1967 on March 8, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri lanka for playing better cricket through-out the tournament also a big thanks to Pakistan for livening up the tournament with last minute comebacks and showing why they are the champions of the unpredictability!

  • momer79 on March 8, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    Well done SL, you have made my day.

    Don't know why misbah batted first after winning the toss.

    Overall i think 260 was not a bad score specially the kind of bowling they have but SL openers provided very solid start. Thirmani is a complete batsman and technically very sound.

    Fawad played well but kind of technique he has got, it will be difficult for him to score on pitches where ball is seaming and turning as he will have higher chances of getting LBW.

    Well done to jaysuria and SL management to get the flavours right.

  • on March 8, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    SL deserved winners ! the best in Asia..I hope Chandi will coe back to his old form soon..Ashan doesn`t have the same talent and his technically no where close.SL need a good no 5..

  • Avicenna on March 8, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    Pakistan's less-than-ordinary bowling cost us the match. 260 was a decent total to achieve under the circumstances (18 for 3) which could have been defended with aggressive bowling and better fielding. Umar Gul must be permanently replaced by a new promising fast bowler. Fawad Alam has proved once again that he can act as a backbone in Pakistan's frail middle order batting line-up.

  • on March 8, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    There are fans who are fighting about the country perf. For sure SL deserve applause for this victory. Fifth Asia cup which is a handsome achievement. Mahi or Sanga pull up their sleeves in such big matches. Today was Mahi. The ton of Thiri was outstanding. A great potential. Team India is building on its youngsters and near future they would get back to top position. Sure. Thru SA and NZL tour they performed very well , bouncy tracks and short deliveries were played very well. Did not win but in a year the team would start winning in overseas tour, outside subcontinent. But I doubt if Pak or SL have that capacity. Pak travel to finals was always edge of it fashion. They did nor deserve going by merits of HHS game but other teams did worse. Team Bangladesh never does well in big tournaments. All the best for T20

  • on March 8, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    Pakistan lost to a deserving opponent. Very many congratulations from Pakistan. Sri Lanka stayed unbeaten during the whole event and are deserving champion. Being a Pakistani fan I feel no shame losing to Sri Lanka who played better cricket than us. Over all Pakistan played good cricket, though we were not good in patches. Afridis form and Fawad taking his chance with both hands are big plus for us. Hold your heads high Green Shirts.

  • Mahaanama on March 8, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Congratulations mighty Lions! This Aisa cup clearly showed where each Asian team stands. Sri Lanka obviously the best Asian team at the moment won all matches in this Asia cup and finally won well deserved final as well. Pakistan,defending champions of Asia cup and the second best team in Asia defeated all teams except Sri Lanka,reached finals and won 2nd place. India, a team capable of winning majority of matches playing in their own backyard or home similar conditions but losing 90% of matches playing in home unfriendly conditions was unable to make it in to finals again but won well deserved 3rd place.. Afganistan, the new heroes in Asia gave sings that they can be a treat to all cricketing nations soon .,After reaching finals last time Bangladesh had a very unsuccessful series this time and finally won deserved 5th place in the series.

  • on March 8, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka! Definitely the most deserving team to win. After all the major finals they made it to in the last 5/6 years, this win should give them some confidence.

    Always knew Sri Lanka would win but didn't think it would be this easy. Pakistan's bowling, which they are known for, wasn't the best in this tournament.

    It's really sad how India is always dragged into conversations on matches where they haven't even played...

  • PakistanZindabaadAlways on March 8, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Many Congrats team SL, a very well deserving win, no need to dissect what happened because clearly a better team won. Good to see Mahela coming back to form and also awesome batting by Fawad.. PEACE !!

  • MH19 on March 8, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    Great work boys chasing 260 against Pakistan was always a challenge as their bowling has always been our nightmare.The most important factor in this Asia Cup is been unbeaten.

  • Crick_Expert on March 8, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    CONGRAT to SL.

    PAK should drop Talha, Junaid, Rehman and Gul from team.

    To coverup weak batting, PAK should keep more batsmen in team either in ODI/T20 team.

    PAK T20 WC TEAM should be as;

    1)SARJEEL 2)AHMED 3)HAFEEZ 4)FAWAD 5)AFRIDI 6)U. AKMAL/SARFRAZ 7)SHOAIB MAQSOOD 8)AJMAL 9)IRFAN 10)JUNAID/ANWAR 11)IMRAN NAZIR

  • Nirvana-light on March 8, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Pakistan was playing Test style in Odi cricket despite a very good batting pitch. But its the whole mentality of just trying to survive and play this unattractive and slow cricket. It was so boring to watch those first 30 overs of Pakistan. Should bring afridi back to opening or higher up in batting line. He can totally change the face of any game.We need match winners not survivers.

  • gr8-cricket on March 8, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    What a pathetic performance by PAK batsmen and the fielders who dropped four catches. Our WK who can not hold on to catches.

    Team Pakistan, you do not win matches by dropping catches.

    and Misbah, why did u not send Afridi early knowing the fact that he was on fire.

    Pakistan has the worst WK and the worst fielders in the world.

    I am very disappointed today. :(

    Our openers failed us today.

  • on March 8, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    congratulations to Lankan lions, what a beauty game.

  • on March 8, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    One word sums up unbeaten . It was dissapointing to see some commentaters talk about M S Dhoni in the final . Enjoy big 3. Status rest we dont want to know

  • on March 8, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    I saw lot of SL fans attacking Indians indirectly on this forum. SL only won a Asia Cup; not a big ICC trophy & that too in subcontinent. India & Pak have also lifted the Asia Cup trophy in the past number of times, so stop criticizing India and Pakistan teams. You can't decide which team is better just on the basis of only one or two ODIs; it can only be determined by playing at least 5 ODIs in a bilateral series and have a look at the history, in the last 5 years, India won all the 4 bilateral series India played against SL. BIG CONGRATS to SL team and SL fans. Mahela showed his class & big match temperament again, what a class player he has been for SL along with Sanga. I am really impressed with the deadly & accurate yorkers of Suranga Lakmal, he is going to be a next big thing in SL cricket. Hope Ishant Sharma learn some thing from LAKMAL.

  • vkumar_086 on March 8, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    @ wapuser If you could have supported India in India Vs Pak and Ind Vs Bangla matches...we could have praise your efforts and could have agreed you as ASIAN CHAMP...but you never supported India....so why you are expecting us to congratulate for your outstanding effort (?)...,Indian fans know how to behave...nobody should come to teach that.....i think this SL's only a major title in last 7 years....India experimented this Asia cup just before important major tournament

  • on March 8, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    the key thing that cost Pak the MAtch was Misbah Slow Run Rate .. both Misbah And Fawad were there more than 25 overs Why not one of them attacking .. There 100 Partnership took about 24 overs ..this was a final not 5th day of a test saving and Apart from Ajmal The Bowlers were rubbish

  • Crazy4cricket40 on March 8, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Congratulations to SL for their win, they truly deserved it. They outplayed PAK in all departments. Only wondering about why nobody is blaming Shehzad, Shrjeel and Hafeez as they are the culprits for this PAK'S lose (kind of one sided). All poor shots. No affned to malinga but they wer not the wicket taking balls. Sharjeel should be dropped right now, sami aslam needs to be included to try or even Jamshed deserves one more chance. Fawad and Misbah played well to come out of that situation of 18/3 but they should have accelerated earlier. they left it too late. Even if any of them had got out, afridi would have got atleast 5 over. Lastl, Irfan was missed badly.

  • on March 8, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    SL managed to do little things more efficiently which other teams in the tournament lacked. They developed partnerships, started positively and ended on high. Discipline in their bowling was evident in the final match. Sanga mastered the chase against India and Malinga tormented Pakistan in both matches. Every player chipped in at the right time just as Mahela did in the final. They were the top team in the tournament and deserved this victory. Pakistan on other hand produced wonderful wins and amazed all of us with their depth but their fielding in general was very poor, bowling lacked the usual discipline, individual performances took them to the finals but they couldn't hang on for long. Hope they will overcome their weaknesses before WC T20, Shirjeel and Sohaib needs serious counseling and bowling has particularly looked very lean and lacked depth. Gul and junaid need to spend more time in nets.

  • shahnbej on March 8, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    I don't think it is Fawad fault, what was doing Misbah over there? Misbah is one who does not deserve in team.

  • playboy142 on March 8, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. U really make us proud.

  • on March 8, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    Green shirts you are still most amazing and entertaining team among all the world teams !!

    U make whole nation united... U Bring smile on sad faces...

    You are Awesome Team !

    Sri Lanka You deserved this Title more than Us .. Big Congratulations! :)

  • ThilankaK on March 8, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    Congratulations Srilanka !! commemoration Pakistan ! we are like brothers & I feel sory for PAK !

  • Karthik78 on March 8, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    What happen to Afridi. If his captain feel confident about him, he should have given chance to Afridi ahead of others. Everyone knows Afridi's boom boom, which will happen once in 50 matches! So captain also did not have confidence on him. As usual, his ordinary bowling did not help either today.

  • on March 8, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Hehe...you guys keep beating each other and be happy about it. The shameful fact is none of the Asian Teams have the caliber to travel abroad and beat an opposition- England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand. The fact of having world class spinners in Asian teams stands invalid now. SL does not have a Muralitharan, India does not have Kumble/Harbhajan, Pakistan does not have any Saqlain/ Mushtaq Ahmed. India has some ridiculous pacers like Bhubaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron who cannot even bowl a yorker. SL, besides Malinga, has Lakmal as the other pacer- Can You Imagine??...Therefore, the best idea is to play each other on some flat batsmen friendly tracks and be happy about winning against each other. Even if we club SL, Pakistan and India and choose the best XI..no way we can beat a foreign team outside Asia....boring.

  • Nirvana-light on March 8, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Change the Captain. Bring Shahid afridi the Sher of Pakistan. We need an aggressive and positive captain. Look what Jaisuriya is doing with Sri lanka. He is in the board and has completely changed the outlook of the Sri Lankan team, playing positive and aggressive Cricket. It's the demand of the modern cricket. Cannot go in your shell for 30 overs and expect to win. No future for Pakistan with this Misbah. He has no Philosophy, No game plane. All the old tactics and stuff. We need new and positive approach. Only guy in the whole of Pakistan who is made of captaincy material is Shahid afridi. But unfortunately very badly and poorly treated by his own board.Pcb ruled by politics is very harmful for Pakitan cricket.

  • on March 8, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    well played sri lanka. congrats to them. Pakistani bowlers were unfit. sharjeel is not international calibre player. I been writing if hafeez is number 3 batsman this shows Pakistan sorry state of batting line up.sohaib maqsood should be in the team in one days and in t 20. when I heard sharjeel was in and sohaib was out on tht time match was over. anyways sri lanka played good but Pakistanis were not in the mood to win this match.

  • on March 8, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    I think Fawad alam's century cost us final, he isn't a one day player, he should play test matches only, his slow n tuk tuk style not only lower down d rate bt also barred Afridi to come n smash some sixes to get a respectable total... I hope he should not play any one day anymore, preferring him on maqsood is great injustice...

  • caldruid on March 8, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Congrats SL, Thirimanne played very well. He has to do this consistently. Also if Chandimal can lift his game to the same level, then this SL side will make the 2015WC semi-finals.

  • gahapanmachan on March 8, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Good work both SL & PAK. Team with good all around performers won but sad Afridi did not get enough balls. Paks should think again before depriving this champion again.Anyway as a Sri Lankan , happy they did it without Sanga scoring.

    IPL is a poorer tournament without these best 2 teams in the comp.

  • Blackholesun on March 8, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Congrats to Sri Lanka ! They were the best side throughout the tournament and deserved to win.

    I do feel for Misbah, somehow he always seems to have a bad luck. He is a solid player and has always contributed to the team, yet he hasn't got the respect he deserved.

  • Karthik78 on March 8, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka. Though Sri Lanka played well from long back, they lost at the final moments (Ind beat them in WC final, WI beat them T20 WC Final). This will be big relief for SL fans. Luckily SL played Pak in final so easily gave the C tag to Pak (same happened in U19, SA handed C tag to Pak). If Pak played consistently well, they can move further like SL.

  • vkumar_086 on March 8, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    @ Rashid Ali Siddiqui how you define outstanding performance....winning by one wicket and that too in final over with spare of two balls....really amazing definition given by you in cricket......your team should plan properly for the match on 21st March....at least iam expecting pak win for this time in major tourneys against INDIA...but for my bad luck it is highly unlikely to happen.....

  • on March 8, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    I love how Sri Lankan fans thinks winning Asia cup makes them boss and India minnows. Pak fans I was rooting for u to win because I can understand India losing from Pak because your team has superstars like India team. Sri Lanka just has keyboard warriors as fans

  • on March 8, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    Well Best team in the rest of the world is india LOL...... NOW People know who are the best teams in Asia....India can Beat teams like Afganistan , AND Bangladesh Only LOL.......Cheers to The LIONS........

  • Lord.emsworth on March 8, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    A good all-round performance Sri Lanka. Sangakarra out early but the others carried on. MJ proved once again he is the man for the big occasions. Thrimanne a revelation and Malinga still doing his stuff. Sennanyake once again not taking the hauls that many SL pundits are expecting him to take, while Mendis was unlucky to lose his place. My deep admiration for Ajmal though. He is probably the best spinner playing for any country right now. Afridi should have been promoted in the order considering his batting form... Thanks for a great tournament everyone…

  • on March 8, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    As a green shirts fan let me congratulate the Lankans on their final victory. It has been a long time coming. Secondly it breaks my heart to see the Pak youngsters puttin up a fight all on their own. Great job. Just seeing them play like that was a victory in itself. The way Malinga and Lakmal were putting in the block holes effortlessly is desperely needed in our team. All Gul and junaid do it put out a full toss on the leg side fast ball and all the batsman does is touch the ball to the boundary.

  • on March 8, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Pak were 20-30 runs short.But it was still runs on the board.

  • bddhika_harindat on March 8, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Well done Sri Lankan team and that's an amazing victory over a team who were claiming to be one of the no.#01 bowling units in the world. It's proved thorughout the tournament that Sri Lanka is a very strong side not just in their own back yard even beyond. From the word go, SL were the favourites to win the tournament and finally they did wonderfully.

    There's no better repsonse to those India and Pakistan fans who were always undermining SL cricket and our players. They first said that SL cannot win unless Sanga performs and then they underedstimated Lasith and the bowlers.

    This is also a good for those Cricino commentators who were always against SL during matches and SL has proved they're the best in Asia. We wish you all the best in the World T20.

  • M.gundroo on March 8, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Congratulations to SL, well played.They dominated the match from 3rd over and maintained upper hand all along.Pakistan did not recover from early loss of 3 wickets. They dropped their target score too low to around 230 on a batting track with very little help for any bowler, a score of 330 would have been a good score on this pitch, only if they had not lost 3 quick wickets. With up coming T20 Championship Pak needs to consider bowling options care fully. I dont think there is much help for fast bowlers here.There is no scope for playing 3 fast bowlers , 2 will be enough even possibly one only. It is the spinners that will prove effective atleast against non Asian teams, with 8 batsmen.

  • Nirvana-light on March 8, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Please bring Shahid afridi back as a captain. This misbah guy has No Leaderships skills,and is very passiv and lacks aggression.Poor general knowledge of Cricket and very negativ feild placingl . Modern games need alot of aggression and Positiv style of playing Cricket to dominate the opposition. Nobody better than Shahid Afrid.He is the most senior and most dominating person in the whole of pakistan and a very respectable guy.The youngsters look up to him. Misbah will Not lead Pakistan to any major trophy unfortunatly. Bring the Sher Pathan back to lead the team from .the front.

  • British_North_America on March 8, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    I supported SL because I wanted PAK to lose-BD Fan

  • BangbangKohli on March 8, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    Asian lion Sri Lanka will turn into a rat in T20 world cup!

  • InSINuATE on March 8, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    Congratulations to SL from a Pakistani fan! You guys played an amazing game and fully deserved the championships! Pakistan did their best, and I wish we had won, but Malinga and the Lions were too hot to handle today. I love Malinga...I wish we had him on the Pakistani team!!

    Long live Pakistan & Sri Lanka

  • Criktic on March 8, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Congrats SL fans, great victory. As for Pak, we are proud of you guys. Good Match : )

  • mzm149 on March 8, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Overall a decent series for Pakistan. They deserved second spot given that their pace bowlers were out of sorts. They misread the pitch after that initial good swing bowling spell from Malinga. The pitch got totally flattened out later. Misbah and Fawad should have paced the innings earlier instead of going for their milestones. Even the dumbest of cricketer would know that if your team has lost wickets to swing bowling, you should start your own bowling upfront with your pacer who can swing. Junaid Khan is a new ball bowler.

    Now Pakistan has ODI series after a good break of 3 4 months. We have enough experiments with Hafeez as an opener and one down batsman. He has proved time and again his vulnerability against outswinging deliveries. He should play at 6th or 7th place. Nasir Jamshed should be brought back. Fawad Alam should be persisted with and Sohaib Maqsood should be kept in squad if not playing XI.

  • on March 8, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Akmal did it for SL by dropping Thiramanne early of Afridi.

  • on March 8, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Tigers remains unbeaten. Super victory. Congratulation.

  • getsetgopk on March 8, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Congrats SL, clearly the best Asian team by some distance at the moment.

  • vkumar_086 on March 8, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    @ India_number_1 we have packed both runner up and ASIAN CHAMPS in world cup and Champions trophy.....really amazing....

  • SILVERSANGA on March 8, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    I think Pakistan choked. Their run rate was faaaaaar too slow on a good batting track. Yes they lost 3 early wickets but to maintain a rate less than 3.5 for 35 overs in an ODi game? Even on a bowler friendly track it's so uncalled for. The pressure of being in a final forced them to have this defensive approach.

    On the other hand the Lankans were very positive from the get go. Even after the game changing 2 wickets by Ajmal. Lankans played positive and sensible cricket. That was the difference between the 2 teams. The mental approach!

    Like I predicted Mahela delivered when it mostly mattered. Well done Mahela. And we won even after Sanga's golden duck! It's great to see SL winning a final after 4 losses on the trot in finals (plus one loss in SF at CT).The last time we won a final was back in 2010 against India. And now we got that monkey off our back. LIONS are back baby! Beware... especially Indians. When Lions back in business no one can stop them! SL is a very balanced team

  • on March 8, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    it was a cake walk for srilanka has expected.......nice to see youngter like lahiru....take the reposibilitie.....has expected...mahela what a class player..he is....he show why he is a big match player when the chips are down he deriliverd.....team shaping up nicely..for the t20 world cup..we are undefeated in bangladesh so far....looking foward to t20..world cup thats only missing in our trophy cabinet..this might be the chance..beause we are top favourite to win it...

  • masoodchik1 on March 8, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    gentlemen, it was expected that in the end Sri lanka will come on the top because they have better side in all the cathegories , especially in the fielding. It comes to an old idiom that catches win matches" Further to this match I would like to add here about excellent comeback of Fawad after 4 years of absent with 2 consistence big scores. fifty and hundred. He prove to pakistanis selectors that it was a big mistake to keep him out of the team for all this years. I believe Pakistan now have a very promising and determined middle order batsmen. My prediction about Skipper to score a century come to was prety close. In the end Umer's quick fifty powers Pakistan to reach 260

  • pillais1978 on March 8, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Why do we even have this tournament? There are only 3 serious teams competing. Just bilaterals should be enough.

  • chak-day on March 8, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Win or loose We love you TEAM PAKISTAN. Well deserved win for sri lanka. no regrets.

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Mahela was supposed to deliver with first ball dismissal of Sanga. However I prefer Mahela to open batting with Kusal and Lahiru comes as 2 down. Pakistan bowlers are off-color except Ajmal. Afridi looks half fit for the match. However most commentrators were expecting a final between India and Pakistan but unlucky India had no good bowlers to do that.

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Well played SL you deserved to be the Asian Champions this time around. Pakistan well guys we love no matter what, it was always an up hill task against inform SL. Now T20 WC is around the corner learn from your mistakes & cash on the strong points you got in Asia cup. Go for the final again & win this time!

  • tearisle on March 8, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    As a sri lankan let me first congratulate the pakistan team for making it to the final they are true champions indeed, in fact, I always felt that there was not much difference between the sri lankan and pakistani teams.But what I literally fail to understand is why on earth do the pakistani fans go around misbah bashing? come on show some gratitude he is the only one who stuck around the pakistan team from time immemorial to score more than 50 so consistently. He is one of my favourite batsmen. And where on earth is nasir jamshed? one of the finest left hand opening talents in the business, your selectors should get a kick up their bottom. Good luck Pakistan for the T20 world cup, ah.. i forgot by the way this forum is only for the big boys like sri lanka and pakistan and not for minnows like india to give their two cents worth sorry!! Facts are stubborn but they do hover around.

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Congratulations SriLanka, well played and well deserved today, you guys played better today. however I would give credit to the Pakistani side for putting up a fight, especially fawad and misbah, we lost but we fought :)

    From Pakistan

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Well done SL. Good stepping stone for 20/20 world cup. Would have been nice to see a close game. Oh well you can't will em all. I'm just happy we won. So press the rest button. It's time for t20 wc. Viva Sri Lanka...

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    This is a long waited one. we lost so many finals and this performance for the entire team. England watch out this young team

  • Manoj1234 on March 8, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Pakistani team were already satisfied with the surprise india win which for them is like winning 2 asia cups :). They didn't have any motivation left.

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Congratulation SL Team & Captain Cool Angelo

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Wel done lions. Love the way Thirimanne reacted to umar gul. Bcz it is the nature of PAK when they feel lost. They try to attack batsmen by sledging or staring when wickets arent falling. brave actions from thiri. PAK should change thier attitudes as this is a gentlemens game

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Congrats to Lankan's for unbeaten tournament victory , happy for Pak fight back too from 18/3 only difference I would say was Malinga

  • vkumar_086 on March 8, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    @ India_number_1 we have packed both runner up and ASIAN CHAMPS in world cup and Champions trophy.....really amazing....

  • bleedblue22 on March 8, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Irresponsible batting at d top of d order cost pak d game...it was a 320 pitch certainly...fawad alam needs to open wid shehzad to give stability at d top...misbah takes so much time to build his innings bt rarely finishes it off...37 fifties nd yet to score a hundred...for lanka thirimanne looks a fine fine prospect...nd matthws gee!!!hez taken a leaf out of ms dhoni's book!!!off late hez stayed not out almost everytime hez come out to bat...someting misbah should learn to do!!

  • greenluv on March 8, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Good Game SL. Good Win. LOVE Team Green you have done a good job no regrets.

  • Ramansilva on March 8, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    Hoooooooray!!!! The finals jinx is over. Reasons... (1) Finals was played at a neutral venue, (2) The bad luck carrier did not come to see the match as we feared, (3) our team has no mental issues with the opponents. Those who criticize that our team come to the finals but do not win take note... Then can win and They have won Asia cup multiple times. Coming to play the final is an achievement. Has any other teams come to finals so consistently like our SL Team.

  • ultrasnow on March 8, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Indian fan here, I just got home saw the scorecard. Surprised that SL won so comfortably. I thought Pak were pre match favourites with the momentum on their side. I'm shocked that Afridi did not face a ball. HOW can your trump card end up not facing a single delivery? Surely Pakistan missed a trick?

  • SL_rockz on March 8, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    IS there a no change in ICC rankings after this win and 9 wins in a row ???? ..Still ranked as no 3 ..

  • ABLcric on March 8, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lankans. From Pakistan perspective, it is near to impossible to recover after losing 3 top batsmen in first 4 overs. good game!

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Congrats to Srilankan for winning Asia cup from a fan of Pakistan. They really deserve that win because they played outstanding whole tournament in all departments.

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Congratulations SL for a well-deserved victory. And well done to Pakistan for putting up a wonderful show. At least this kind of performance make us proud.

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Where are all the people who asked for Mahela to be dropped? This guy is too good a player, hat's off to the selectors.

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Well done lions..... Roaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrr

  • lionspaw on March 8, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    People may say we were the ODI world champions, T20 world Champions, but it is history. WE ARE THE ASIAN CHAMPIONS TODAY!!!!!!!!

    Love you SRI LANKA!!! Win or Loose WE LOVE YOU!!!

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    Well done srilanka.... Big fan from Bangladesh

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    we are the asiasn best cricket team no dout...we are the champions prod to be a srilankan

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    congrats pakistan too for reaching to the funal.atleast you guys found a good middle order batsman (fawad) from this tournament. all the best in future dear neighbors. from srilanka.

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Team Green, WIN or LOSE, we love you and proud of you! After no cricket at home grounds, no facilities like all the rest of the teams have and we still reach to finals and U19 final. It's just mind blowing and amazing. PAK team is the best talented team always! Best of luck for T20 WC.

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka and also for Pakistan team for wonderful performance in Asia cup!!!. Please remember that Pakistan does not have international cricket tournaments in the country and despite that deadlock, they perform well when they get an opportunity abroad. Their development of Cricket is really hindered by no international tournaments in the country.

    But I really want to ask the some of the cricket pundits in Sri Lanka who shouted against the inclusion of Thirimanne in the ODI and hate him "Now where are you?, can you give some comments on his performance now?" For me same goes with the Chandimal. Chandimal is by far the best replacement for Mahela. Give him bit more time to settle in. Stupid Cricket Pundits, please do not try to destroy our future assets by unfair and injustice comments. Thiri is the Best replacement for Sangakkara. Chandi and Thiri are the future of Sri Lanka cricket. Well done Lions!!!. Bring the t20 World cup as well. Good Luck Chandimal and Co!!

  • bouncer709 on March 8, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    @Herath-UK: thanks, you saw Misbah getting benefit of Umpire error, but you didn't saw Mahela Jaywardane getting benefit two times? once caught behind and then clear LBW on Afridi ball, it was going to hit middle stump...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 8, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka. Well played!

  • shakeena on March 8, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    OH the curse has broken and we won... just the bad luck for the Pakistan brothers.

    But even I'm a Sri lankan I'm looking forward for that dream Pakistani team where Shahid Anwar and great Afridi opened backed up by Usuf , Unis and Inzamam with Waqar, Akthar, Wasim and saklein .. Oh how mighty team that was and It was so hard to beat Pak those days I wish Pakistan may reach those glory days again...

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Some serious similarities btw today's Asia Cup final and Pakistan's first round loss vs SL in the same Asia Cup a. Thiramanne scored century in both matches b. Malinga took 5 wickets in both matches c. Thiramanne was bowled by Saeed Ajmal in both matches immediately after he had reached his century d. Malinga MoM in both matches

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Mahela, great comeback dude. Malinga, Lakmal, and the skipper; great with the ball. Kusal, Thirimanna, nicely done. How can we forget great Sanga, He is the man who brought us to final. And yes of course, I didn't forget Mendis. Finally great team work boys. We don't forget the Sanath and the selectors also. they gave a good team this time.

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Hy Hyy Hyyyy Whole Worlddd.................... Time to Fear........ LIONS now not only just qualifying to the FINALS......... We are also Going to win every one of them Losing Streak JUST ENDED guyss.......... Young Rising Lions waiting to the future..... 9th consecutive win...... as always Mahela aiya... as all of us believes...... done the job @ the last important moment..... Congratzz Congratzzzzzz Lions..... Congratz to all of us.... We are the Asian Giants now.... Our next target will be.... Just to prove we are the No.1 T20 Team... We are the T20 experts.... Be ware WORLD.... New Captain cool Mathews & the all LIONS ready to take all of U guys soon.....

  • subcontinent-expert on March 8, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Today's match saw 2 awesome innings from Alam and Tirimane... Both have a great future ahead... Being Indian i must say that there are few matches which even a neutral fan enjoys... Today all my family members where stick to the TV till the last ball... which has not happened even with India's matches for a long time.... So Congo. 2 all the players of SRI and PAK.... Now i wish that Indian team also plays the way both these teams played and hopefully we get a much better result in T20 wc.....

  • SL_Fan_1985 on March 8, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    Well done sri lanka....This is a deserved win... Also good fight with bat and Ajmals bowling by pak..... Asia cup and even WT20 take place in BD bcoz SL agreed to tour BD despite political uprising and security issues....Hope BD fans ( supported to PAK) enjoy the thriller... BD, Afgan has to learn lots before WT20..... good luck for WT20 and expecting great contest....cheers...!!

  • pak_fan11 on March 8, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    260 was not good enough, afridi should have been given atleast last 5 overs because of his form.

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Thanks for the Support PAK, BD, AFG Fans. And IND fans if any...

    BEST ASIA CUP EVER! So many close games. Only thing missing was a Win from the home side Bangladesh. But they will do really well in the WT20 n have a good chance to come to the Semiz considering 2 Last ball T20 Games recently against us SL.

    And as always PAK and SL will do really well and most probably reach the semiz in Wt20 too.

  • unyk on March 8, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Congrats to the SL team.. Great to see they didn't chock this time around..It's been a long time coming ..

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    Great play Sri Lanka, they deserve to win

  • awt786 on March 8, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS to Sri lankan team for there all round Performance in this series . They deserved this win as they were the best side in all format of the cricket. They outclassed our bowling which was not upto mark but showed how to play cricket in all pressure levels Better luck next time for Pakistan but congrats again to sri lankan brothers. We have seen top class performance in this series .. :-)

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    Hy Hyy Hyyyy Whole Worlddd.................... Time to Fear........ LIONS now not only just qualifying to the FINALS......... We are also Going to win every one of them Losing Streak JUST ENDED guyss.......... Young Rising Lions waiting to the future..... 9th consecutive win...... as always Mahela aiya... as all of us believes...... done the job @ the last important moment..... Congratzz Congratzzzzzz Lions..... Congratz to all of us.... We are the Asian Giants now.... Our next target will be.... Just to prove we are the No.1 T20 Team... We are the T20 experts.... Be ware WORLD.... New Captain cool Mathews & the all LIONS ready to take all of U guys soon..... ^_^ :D <3

  • chishtyirfan on March 8, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    Congratulation SL,the Asian Champ. Pak had great games with Ind. And BD.

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    misbah a great player but Not a great human bcoz this is 2nd time in This tournament Not leave after edge. he should learn from junior player kusal perera. ho shame on You misbah

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    well done Sri Lanka! Great win after long time!! Now we can think ahead wining of T WC and ODI WC beating ind,aus,and eng despotism in cricket(using their money and power).Also congrats to PAK bravely play and coming to final,specially out playing ind.

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Fawad batted selfishly. He should have upped the anti in 30th over knowing that Umar Akmal and Afridi are yet to come. Alam's slow batting, poor bowling by Gul, Khan and Talha. They could not not contain runs.

  • SL_rockz on March 8, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    WOW !!! I have no words to express my feelings...I am very happy about my country and their Title.. :) Thoroughly deserved win coz we played some great cricket as a team in past few months winning 9 in a row .. :) ... Proud as a Sri Lankan.. I respect Pak fans about their genuine respond about congratulating us for our win... It was great to have a friend like you who always cheered and wished for us after their nation.. :) Wonderful friendship ... !!! wish it will remain forever and ever. :)..

    Best two sides were in the finale and it was a huge relief for us to see and hear that SL ended up in the winning side.... IT was DAMN painful to see 2003 WC semifinal loss, 2007 WC finale loss , 2011 WC finale loss and last t20 WC finale loss :(((( .. We were there seeing the victory ,glory and all but just couldnot produce that last clearance... Now we broke our shackles and showed nature also respects for our consistency being in finales and semis over the past decade...Hail Sri lanka...

  • priceless1 on March 8, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Great win , respect for Mahela ,big occasion player who always save the best for last ( who needs Sanga when Mahela is in form )

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    People including Srilankan supporters were commenting on jayawardene on his performance and his place in team... but mj is purely big match player.. being indian fan feel india lacks the same after sehwag sachin saurav yuvi and dravid. .. mj the finals player...

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Sri Lanka proved themselves a professional side outclassing defending champions Pakistan in almost all departments. Pakistan seemed to be over confidence following their outstanding performance against arch-rivals India. The boys in green, it felt, thought that their only target in the event was to beat India. It's non-professional approach. Title is title! Pakistan should plan well before going into T20 World Cup while reviewing and amending their shortcomings.

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Its a shame that the biggest country in South Asia, biggest economy in South Asia, biggest cricket following nation in the world cannot win its own region's series. I am aware it is the rebuilding phase but certainly they could have played better. I think Indian team took this for granted...why, I am not sure..could be because of 20/20 World Cup or because they got their IPL contracts? In any case, I am glad India did not make the finals since they didn't deserve to be in finals...they deserved it in the World Cup 2011 and Champions Trophy 2013 but not this time. Congrats to both of the neighbours...in case you are wondering..I am Indian and yes, I am critical of my own team.

  • SamarasingheSKR on March 8, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Great lions.... Sri Lanka are proud of you…………. You did it again and again….. All the best and Good Luck for the World T20…. Nice to see the legend , Mahela playing his natural hits all around the ground …..like Thirimanne, Sanga and others did it in the whole tournament ... Malinga and other bowlers done a classic job.. hope the little Captain Chandimal shows his colors in the Word T20… All the Best Good Luck .. Great Lions …

  • yorkslanka on March 8, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    @iceman29- thank you for your sporting comments towards us. i know we have had many debates on here when our two teams meet but you are sporting enough to come and comment positively when its due to us- unlike a few Indian fans who gloat when your team wins but disappear when they lose.

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Heartiest congratulations to Sri Lanka, hats off to Malinga and the Matsmen as well. Pakistan played well, but the initial jolts hurt them. Cricket has won...

  • Herath-UK on March 8, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Pak had a two extra days rest to get the injured ones ready & benefitted by umpiring error at a crucial stage in the game when Misbah's nick was not given out.Pak bowling plans I think went awry because of unstoppable onslaught from Kusal though he got out in forties by then ship was already sailing as the loss of two wickets did not put any score board pressure on Mahela & Lahiru because the run rate was much above that of Pak at that stage. However Pak showed they are a good unit in both batting & bowling & I would not be surprised if we meet again together in the final of T20!.

  • JAHID_OMAR on March 8, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Well Played Srilanka..!!! You are the No.1 Side in Asia No Doubt. You proved it today..Respect to you Lions.. Never lost a single match on this tour. It shows their Professionalism+consistency.. But I must say Pakistan is a very good side and on their day they could be a Deadly dangerous side as we all have seen in the Past. So hard luck for our Pakistan brothers. Wish them Good luck on upcoming T20 WC. They have found a very reliable solid batsmen to fill the shoes of the great Inzi. Ajmal is awesome as ever. So i think Pakistan has a good chance in T20WC.

  • Nadeemusman on March 8, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Congratulations to SL on winning Asia Cup 2014. Today Pak bowled badly. All the bowlers except Saeed Ajmal were off color and their match fitness was doubtful.Fawad , umar Akmal and Misbah played very well. Lahiru Thirimanne and M. Jayawardene innings was the best. The dropped catches were also an important factor. Malinga you beauty.As i had mentioned earlier the umpiring standards of this tournament again 2 decisions were wrong, i hope t20 world cup umpirinfg standards will be good. We lost to our brothers and we are still happy in their happiness.When these 2 great teams play matches are close. Good luck to both the teams for the twenty twenty world cup. Thank You Lala ,AHmed shahzad, Thirimannae, kaushal Perera, Sanga ,Malinga, Saeed Ajmal , fawad Alam,Misbah for superb Cricket.Love and respect from Pakistan.

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    @India_number_1, Dude did u watch some other match or series? This series ( even number wise) more of our youngsters peform well than your team youngsters. ( that doesn't mean your team guys r bad but they r still not performing well). Mind u the man of the series went to Thirimanne- a youngster! So stop blabbering but talk reality. Just enjoy cricket.

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    pathetic bowling by Gul and Talha. Gul don't know how to bowl on dead wicket. its time to say goodbye to Gul.

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    That was one of the best innings by Mahela Jayawardane under pressure having no runs under his belt through out the series and proving it once again that he is the best in SL

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    India No1. Who are you kidding. India can only win in India and beat upcoming new teams like Bangalasesh and Afganistan. What happened in SA and NZ.

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    well done SL!, hard luck PAK.. go home India..

  • on March 8, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    thanks bangla people for their dedication to make this event a wonderful..and sl all the best,,,,

  • Great_Lion on March 8, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Superb effort by lions.Outplayed pakistan in all 3 departments and won the arise asia cup. Thirimanne and mahela batted brilliantly and very responsibility.Malinga back in form with his usual magic spells.So so now sri lanka have very balanced team and also have a better captain.T20 WC is coming , so keep it up your form guys. I must say lions will be the favourites to win the T20 wc.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Great game sri lanka. a small island defeats so many bigger countries. amazing people you are. i did not want my team to lose but you deserved to win.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    @vishwa1111 INDIA go home!!!they only can win at INDIA,,Well done SRI LANKA you are the real no1 team in Asia/World

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    congratzzzzz sril lanka and specially mahela ur are so beautiful... great game pakistan u also great

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Although I am an Indian but have to give full credit to Srilanka since they not only fielded, batted & bowled very well but they remained unbeaten throughout the tournament apart from that irrespective of whether they batted or fielded 1st they are superb. But only thing I don't know why they keep on persisting with that Chandimal who is only good for tests.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Best wicket keepers in Asia Umar Akmal (Pak) 5 5 7 5 2 2 (1ct 1st) 1.400 KC Sangakkara (SL) 5 5 5 4 1 2 (2ct 0st) 1.000 Anamul Haque (Ban) 4 4 4 4 0 3 (3ct 0st) 1.000

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Congrats srilanka you deserved this cup, and as always we are better off loosing to srilankan bros than any other team. Though I'm amazed at pak fans bashing the same team which they were singing songs off yesterday. Have to say that we need to persist with this team as it has shown enough promise and gave us some of the most cheerful moments these past few days. Our fast bowlers are of a bit of concern dunno if its poor form or what. M.Akram coach needs to justify himself or else leave.Also sharjeel khan is of no use. Better bring back nasir jamshed. With the inclusion of M.Irfan this team would only strengthen so cheers pak fan. Lets perceive it as it was not our day..

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Best wicket keepers in Asia Umar Akmal (Pak) 5 5 7 5 2 2 (1ct 1st) 1.400 KC Sangakkara (SL) 5 5 5 4 1 2 (2ct 0st) 1.000 Anamul Haque (Ban) 4 4 4 4 0 3 (3ct 0st) 1.000

  • sheikhtahir111 on March 8, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Srilanka plays better as compared to pakistani...their fielding was good...pakistan dropped many chnces...srilankan deserves victory...but umpiring was really poor....

  • Herath-UK on March 8, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Fantastic win by Sri Lanka & Congrats to Mathews & the team for lifting the cup in a most admirable way. The jinx of many finals broken making good for T20 title. Lasith is the performer & his contribution to the win was immense as Pak could have batted us out of the game on this good pitch. The whole team has shown wonderful skills & is true champions of Asia! Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    IPL Money doesn't work in Asia Cup 13/14. see the deference between India and Pakistan, Pakistan can make a good game with every country in every condition pitch. but Indian teem talents are very limited. only works within India. they faild three times in a raw outside India. Pakistan teem use there natural ways to win and they played so well, with bat & ball. but artificial Indian cricketers Lost again. Now they need to forget Cinematic cricket and admit in to real life cricket. Money is nothing..

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Top batsmen in Asia

    HDRL Thirimanne (SL) 5 5 0 279 102 55.80 349 79.94 2 0 Umar Akmal (Pak) 5 5 2 253 102* 84.33 229 110.48 KC Sangakkara (SL) 5 5 0 248 103 49.60 257 96.49 1 2 1 Ahmed Shehzad (Pak) 5 5 0 228 103 45.60 285 80.00 1 Anamul Haque (Ban) 4 4 0 227 100 56.75 333 68.16 1 AD Mathews (SL) 5 5 4 196 74* 196.00 225 87.11 0 2 Mushfiqur Rahim (Ban) 4 4 1 195 117 65.00 194 100.51 1

  • nickcarter80 on March 8, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. The two Asian countries that fought to save cricket in ICC, have come to the final and better team won. The country that considers money above the game and the country that betrayed those who helped them when in need, were humiliated and defeated. This is just a beginning. The curse of all Asian cricket lovers is and will be on India and Bangladesh.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Top batsmen in Asia

    HDRL Thirimanne (SL) 5 5 0 279 102 55.80 349 79.94 2 0 Umar Akmal (Pak) 5 5 2 253 102* 84.33 229 110.48 KC Sangakkara (SL) 5 5 0 248 103 49.60 257 96.49 1 2 1 Ahmed Shehzad (Pak) 5 5 0 228 103 45.60 285 80.00 1 Anamul Haque (Ban) 4 4 0 227 100 56.75 333 68.16 1 AD Mathews (SL) 5 5 4 196 74* 196.00 225 87.11 0 2 Mushfiqur Rahim (Ban) 4 4 1 195 117 65.00 194 100.51 1

  • Umar2011 on March 8, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Well done SL! Proud of Pakistan team, you are more talented green boys, just a bad day, don't be discouraged!

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    come-on well done sril ankans you not only defeat Asians but also poor umpiring and ungentle oppositions

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Bangladeshi fans take heart that they didn't loose all their matches to any other side but the best in asia. Thanks for a great tournament Bangladesh. Much thanks to your hospitality.

  • sachinssnn on March 8, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    WOW...we waited in pain when Aussies buried us in darkness 2007, we watched with tears when Pakistanis torn us in 2009 T20, we were shaken when Indians swept us in 2011 & we couldn't believe when Windies kicked us in our own back yard 2012...THANKS GUYS...I know this is only ASIA CUP...BUT AS SRI LANKANS THIS MEANS A LOT FOR US...THIS TEAM SHOWS GLIMPSE OF 96 WARRIORS...it's too early to say...but hats off for ANGI & LIONS...THANKS ALSO FOR BANGLA FANS, WHO CHEERED US & OUR FRIENDLY FOES PAKISTAN BROTHERS...GOOD LUCK LIONS...NOW YOU HAVE BROKEN THE FINAL'S CURSE...GOD BLESS YOU ALL FOR WORLD T20...NO MATTER WHAT WE SRI LANKANS LOVE YOU ALL...CHEERS LADS...!!!

  • shahnbej on March 8, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Because of captain America we lost T20 world cup 'odi world cup semi final and now Asia cup and if he continue I am afraid 2015 world cup also on risk.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Full credit should goes to the umpire who didn't gave misba out in the first place, it helped SL to go through overs with a slow run rate. Hats off to Misba and Umpires

  • nothingnew on March 8, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    what a performance by Sri lankan . Mathews did everything right throughout the series . Did the small things perfectly . Fielding well , Bowling well , changing the bowlers right time ( but should have given more chances to de silva to bowl) , Batted well . Pitch was feel quite good for batsmen . Specially Sajeed , Malinga , Lakmal and mathews bowled brilliantly . whatever scored was opposition scored Sri lanka had chance to chased like 1996 team . Good youngsters . can't wait to start to T20 World cup how sri lanka play with Dilshan .Dilshan will join for the team and replacing A. Priyanjan ( Chandimal ) . How team will be strong in the middle part of the game by Sri lankan . good luck for T20 world cup and Congratulations for Asia cup too

  • hadncs on March 8, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Pakistan players misread the pitch...after losing 3 early wickets they thought this is not a good pitch to bat on..but last 10 overs they managed to put 100 plus runs and thought it was a competitive total...But sl managed to chase it easily... Finally sl broke the bad run in SL...where is the difference youngsters with mahela...mahela normally good in finals..Thirmanne who is the replacement for dilshan change the game...if dilshan is there?? dont think this would happen...because his form in final is worst...0 in the t20 world cup final in 2012, 2009...also sanga....eventhough he played some amazing innings he couldnt handle the pressure at the right time....So this was the curse in final for last few years...So its time to give much opportunity to youngsters.... This will be a beginning of a new era for SL

  • ehtisham98456 on March 8, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Congrats to Sri Lanka, the new Asian champions, tough luck Pakistan.:(

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Top Bowlers in Asia

    SL Malinga (SL) 4 4 34.5 0 189 11 5/52 17.18 5.42 19.0 0 2 Saeed Ajmal (Pak) 5 5 49.0 3 202 11 3/26 18.36 4.12 26.7 0 0 BAW Mendis (SL) 3 3 26.0 2 126 9 4/60 14.00 4.84 17.3 1 0

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Top Bowlers in Asia

    SL Malinga (SL) 4 4 34.5 0 189 11 5/52 17.18 5.42 19.0 0 2 Saeed Ajmal (Pak) 5 5 49.0 3 202 11 3/26 18.36 4.12 26.7 0 0 BAW Mendis (SL) 3 3 26.0 2 126 9 4/60 14.00 4.84 17.3 1 0

  • amilag on March 8, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    SL is a team to beat. Nine wins in a row..many match winners..many all rounders...many classy players...

    No body has any doubt they were the best in the tournament..that also by far... well done SL! Lions roar!

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Just wondering...so now will Fawad Alam sleep happy or unhappy tonight? I've noticed quite a trend amongst the subcontinent players in recent times, where personal landmarks are as important, if not more, than team success. Of course, when both coincide it's awesome, but off late ayers are seen celebrating their 50s and 100s with more intensity than match wins. I remember in one of the NZ-Ind one-days Kohli jumping and pumping his fists in the air with joy celebrating his century while his team was in an almost certain-defeat situation. And I thought that was an anomaly, but alas...

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    HDRL Thirimanne (SL)5 5 0 279 102 55.80 349 79.94 2 0 0 31 2 Umar Akmal (Pak) 5 5 2 253 102* 84.33 229 110.48 1 2 0 23 6 KC Sangakkara (SL) 5 5 0 248 103 49.60 257 96.49 1 2 1 26 2 Ahmed Shehzad (Pak) 5 5 0 228 103 45.60 285 80.00 1 1 0 30 1 Anamul Haque (Ban) 4 4 0 227 100 56.75 333 68.16 1 1 0 13 8 AD Mathews (SL) 5 5 4 196 74* 196.00 225 87.11 0 2 0 18 2 Mushfiqur Rahim (Ban) 4 4 1 195 117 65.00 194 100.51 1 1 0 16 2 S Dhawan (India) 4 4 0 192 94 48.00 249 77.10 0 2 0 18 2 V Kohli (India) 4 3 0 189 136 63.00 184 102.71 1 0 0 20 3 Fawad Alam (Pak) 2 2 1 188 114* 188.00 204 92.15 1 1 0 12 5

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    mohammed-ismail Hahahaha your right mate!!!

  • Midwestyaka on March 8, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    It is so interesting to see this comment forum becomes so quite as India looses. Cricket is a game which can be enjoyed as great game no matter who wins or looses. I think this is very imortant for the survival of this game. Let us all forget where we come from let us all celebrate with SL for their magnificent performance...this tiny nation is unbellivabley so classy. In Shalla it was a Great day for SL and Great day for Cricket.

  • LionsCric on March 8, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    Commmon fellas...

    Lets ROOOOAAAAR.. Its just the begining.. A lot more to come.. Lets take every thing they stolen from our hand,..

    2 World Cups and 2 T20 World cups.. WE ARE SRI LANKAN LIONS ,WE ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD ...

  • shahnbej on March 8, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    Misbah played good test innings in odi well done we need someone who humiliating us time to time.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    Congratulations srilanka. well played. Poor umpiring very very poor umpiring and much poor fielding and bowling changes decisions and field placing by Mishbah. But in last better team was srilanka ofcourse they deserve to win.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    SL and Pak completely dominated the Asia cup.Thirimanna, Akmal and Sanga are leading the batting records. Malinga, Ajmal and Mendis leads the bowling records. Akmal, Sanga and Anamul dominates the wicket keeping. Silva, Haffez and Ashwin holds the highest catches record. Famous Indian batting has gone down while their bowling has done above average. Shikar and Kohli are in 8th & 9th positions behind Shezard, Anamul, Mathews and Rahim other than top 3 in batting. Ashwin, Shami and Jadeja are placed at the 4th, 5th & 6th positions in bowling. After Dhoni comes to the team, they can make their batting more strong. Also with the performances of youngsters from both SL (Thiri, Silva, Lakmal) and Pak(Fawad, Akmal, Shezard) their future is very bright unlike India who performed below their potential with all the seniors except Dhoni.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    SL and Pak completely dominated the Asia cup.Thirimanna, Akmal and Sanga are leading the batting records. Malinga, Ajmal and Mendis leads the bowling records. Akmal, Sanga and Anamul dominates the wicket keeping. Silva, Haffez and Ashwin holds the highest catches record. Famous Indian batting has gone down while their bowling has done above average. Shikar and Kohli are in 8th & 9th positions behind Shezard, Anamul, Mathews and Rahim other than top 3 in batting. Ashwin, Shami and Jadeja are placed at the 4th, 5th & 6th positions in bowling. After Dhoni comes to the team, they can make their batting more strong. Also with the performances of youngsters from both SL (Thiri, Silva, Lakmal) and Pak(Fawad, Akmal, Shezard) their future is very bright unlike India who performed below their potential with all the seniors except Dhoni.

  • mgsperera on March 8, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Well Played SL !!!! We won last 8 games but we didnt get points for all 8 wins .Can anybody explain me abt that ?????? In what basis they are giving points .... Any Bonus for title win ???

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    Really Unforgetable & Pleasurable win frm a finale after a long time... thanks guys...this is a ver big relief for sri lankan fans for their minds abt FINALES..... THANK A LOT.....WELL DONE... GOOD LUCK...

  • Razor_Sharp on March 8, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    Alright now Mahela's back in form. What a great knock from classic mahela. Stood up in the big occasion again. SL will be one heck of side to beat because all their batsmen and bowlers are in form.

  • nickexplore on March 8, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Sensational performance from SL and again the two stars from the first game vs Pakistan, Thirimanne and Minga take centre-stage! Bold selections from Sanath and co-selectors, Priyanjan for Chandimal, and the one no-one saw coming, Ajantha Mendis (with 9 wickets) left out for Senanayake or Lakmal. This meant Mathews had no wicket-taking bowler to turn to in the middle overs and Pakistan got away from SL. But the damage was done early - Malinga had skittled the top 3 - and SL were always in the box seat. Captain and superb finisher Angelo Mathews can take great credit for SLs tournament victory.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    srilanka won with luck

  • mzm149 on March 8, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    This is Sharjeel Khan for his supporters, who thought him to be next best thing after sliced bread. No technique, no timing, no sense, no shot selection, no fielding at all. Best of all he has played only on docile pitches of Bangladesh and UAE against Asian teams. Nasir Jamshed needs to be brought back.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Well done to Sri Lanka, you clearly played better cricket and have a very balanced team. Pakistani fast bowling has lost all it's sting, Talha is clearly not ready for big matches, Sharjeel is a T20 player and a rehman should be given another opportunity. The most positive thing for Pakistan has been their batting, Fawad Alam is good but his fitness level are low and he needs to be physically stronger in order to hoist and slog.Also this has been the worst series for umpiring decisions, this favored pakistan on 1 occasion but on most pakistan suffered. DRS should be employed and if India does not want to play they shouldn't.

  • shahnbej on March 8, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Supper hero Misbah captain America sorry captain Pakistan did again. Single handed lost the big match.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on March 8, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    The better team, without any doubt, throughout the tournament was Sri Lanka. 260 runs was a below-par score to beat. The fancied Pakistani bowling has been poor, especially the pace attack and the only bowler of note was Saeed Ajmal - and he was magnificent. Poor bowling, poor batting (as usual), generally poor fielding, and poor capataincy were reasons why Pakistan did not deserve to win. The only plus in this tournament was Fawad Alam who displayed the significance of ROTATING the strike, which Pakistani batemen seriously lack skill of.

    CONGRATS TO SRI LANKA! They look a very professional side and very clinical like the South Africans and the Australians.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    dont bring this umpires for future matches and why the hell not drs play in this

  • British_North_America on March 8, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lankan Brothers.They helped us to host Asia Cup and WorldT20.Celebrations here in Bangladesh as well.Pakistan has shown their true color against a quality bowling side.This will be the first time they will not make it to the semifinal of WorldT20.

  • Cruzan on March 8, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Right from Word go it was SL. Great play indeed. Matchless.

  • gladly on March 8, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    India is really no1 asian team.If india were on the final they cannot lose to srilanka.But proud of sri lanka team they really showed pakistan that u are a gift that came in a final.Not even know how to fight in a crucial game lol.

  • Chinath on March 8, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    This is a good lesson to those pathetic Indian commentators who just put SL to the lower level.. Sri Lanka is a much better allround ODI/T20 team.. Nothing wrong with Indian or Pakistan teams either.. But most commentators only talks about INDIA.. Even today they talk abut Dhoni.. What Dhoni has to do with PAK SL final? Get rid of those pathetic commentators.. they don't do any good to either Indian cricket or cricket in general..

  • nilb on March 8, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    @India_number_1 Please, just be satisfied IND is just a whisker ahead of Bangladesh. Congratulate the winning team way ahead of India who won about 10 "fluke" wins in a row.

  • shihanaleem on March 8, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    as a Sri Lankan so proud about our team's performance..after so long time we have won a final...xpecting da same fr T20 title...even Pak lost SL,PAK are best friends forever...happy to see India out... :p Congratz Lions...

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    two best teams of asia qualified for the finals and the better team on the given day won. period. SL and PAK r the 2 quality teams. Asia cup maybe not be important for indians and guess IPL maybe their most important game. For US, SL N PAK, Asia cup is a very important game, we played with our heart n soul to qualify for it. NOT play for $$. It doesnt matter who one, US or PAK. We r both brothers. We took a bullet for PAK and we r ready to Take another bullet for our bro PAK. over all, good quality cricket from 2 top teams. Pak bro do not feel disappointed about the loss in finals, PAK played good high quality cricket and qualified for the final as 1 of 2 best teams in asia.

  • not_a_Flattrackbully on March 8, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    All the Players performed in this tournament for Sri lanka Kusal was terrific opener with the shadows of Jayasuriya. Love the strokes that he makes Thirimanne became the highest run scorer Sangakkara did'nt make it in the final but the champion through out the game Jayawardena What a player he is. bounce back at the right time and showed the class Mathews Proved again that his calm and cool mind is always ready to finish the game and take the pressure off. perfect captain to SL Malinga Proved that he's back in form with his variations became the leading wicket tacker with missed game

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Its pakistan who loos the match. ....rather calling lanka win....hurried start and under estimating same bowling likes or malinga funny

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Congratulations to SL from Pakistan. Well played Pakistan in the tournament. Best of luck for the T20 WC. All Indians layoff , this is not your page.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Wonder where those guys who wanted to drop Mahela are..probably busy eating their own words. Well played Lions!! Proud of you!!

  • vishwa1111 on March 8, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    @ India_number_1....This match is not related to india any more...They r out of the tourlament and gone home with the satisfaction of beating Afganstan and dangerous Bangladesh...So well done india and "India_number_1" to show u'r true color..LOL

  • ProdigyA on March 8, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    The way Akmal and Fawad were celebrating as if they had already won the match, it was soo creepy. The so-called self-proclaimed "famous" bowling of Pak couldn't defend a score of 260 against a relatively inexperienced SL team. Well done SL. Hope SLC gives it's players some money now.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka unbeaten champions.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Congratulations - well played and super performance Lions - Love from Pakistan

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Congrats SL...well played pakistan...sour-grapes for India....

  • mzm149 on March 8, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Its an appeal to selectors that please drop Sharjeel Khan from World T20 squad. He is not apt for Pakistan opening slot. Kamran Akmal may be short term solutn (though I highly doubt it)

  • Biggus on March 8, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka and commiserations to Pakistan. I'd also like to commend the good grace with which the bulk of Pakistan fans have commented despite their loss, such a pleasant reaction from fans who must be bitterly disappointed, and worthy of acknowledgement. Respect to them for that, and to both teams for providing such an excellent contest.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Congratulations Sri-Lanka & expecting same performance in forthcoming T-20 world cup.........

  • not_a_Flattrackbully on March 8, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Thanks for the Support BD Friends. and Pakistan! tough luck today guys!

  • sangaTHEgreat on March 8, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    well played lions. proud of you guys. hope sl will carry this form to t20 world cup as well.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    well played Sri Lanka and now as for as Pakistan concern ,it seems we played with 7 or 8..1st of all y we persist with gull again n again where he has nothing left in him and no 2 is sharjeel ,he isn't a sportsman ,he is a tape tennis sloger and a horrible fielder and y did afridi played today when he was not 100% ..he played well in last games but that doesn't mean he has the license to play all games whether he is fit or not...all n all very disappointed with Pakistani bowling and fielding ..need to take some drastic actions..

  • Thushaa on March 8, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    A good final and good show.. Just some pointers to note: 1 The Umpiring was below par and sometimes really shocking.

    2 Even in a FINAL, A English umpire should have better Quality and having a Shocker like that , FOR Misba,,, is shocking for a Umpire.

    3 having Review system is essential and the Umpires performance has to be really reviewed as this trend should be addressed.

    4 Pitch conditions of EFFECTS OF Dew, should be reduced somehow, in some manner as this is really not a good factor a balanced competition.

    Regards

  • Nuwas on March 8, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    Congratz LIONS & very well played guys... You really deserved it. Keep up the good work & next Title is around the corner for us to grab fellas..... Very much impressed with the YoungGuns of ours... I'm pretty damn sure other teams will be having a VERY tough time against us in the T20 WorldCup, ofc WE ARE THE NO.01 T20 TEAM atm. Thanks so much for all the other nations' fans whoever supported us & for those of who are not happy with our winnings, better luck next time guys....Long Live Sri Lanka....

  • mzm149 on March 8, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad and Hafeez can't play swinging balls even on the docile pitch of Mirpur.

  • basusri133b on March 8, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka on your excellent win.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka! Well played Pakistan!

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    wts the importance of scoring a century below 80/90 strike rate??(fawad)....would have been diff.story had afridi got at least 15/20 that fawad..played

  • TRAM on March 8, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Its all about bowling, IMO. It ended up a battle between Malinga and Ajmal. One unplayable/unscorable bower in a team makes so much of difference. Mostly one or two batsmen always click in any match (of the top teams) - to score about 250. But a match winning bowler is a rarity. Until India produces such match winning bowler(s) they cant dream of winning cups. Even if there is a match winning bowler available in India no one would know it, because new bowlers are not tried that easily.

  • bouncer709 on March 8, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Well played Srilanka and Congratulation, Though Pakistan was 25-30 runs short, but still I think they lost the match by dropping catches. First Sharjeel taking catch and going over the rope, then Umer Akmal dropping Thrimane, and Hafeez dropping jaywardne. In Pakistan bowling Talha really disappointed, while Junaid khan as ever not properly used and dealt by the captain.

  • nilb on March 8, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    @D'pak W'dwa Repect to your opinion buddy. But most people including me think India is the weaker opposition compared to Pakistan and the best two teams in Asia came in the final. Pakistan woudn't have beaten everyside except SL having a weaker bowling attack than India. There's no such think as luck if there is maybe it's because of Luck India won against BAN? Just congratulate the Indian team for being better than BAN and Afganistan and don't comment on matches when the big boys are playing.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka! Well played Pakistan!

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    with the blessinga of triple gem SL is bringing the Asia Cup 2014 to Colombo.....

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Congrat to sl

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Ajmal's skill of bowling the doosra is just amazing. The trajectory just doesn't change between a normal ball and a doosra. He just doesn't give away much with the wrist as well. When harbhajan/murali bowled a doosra, the trajectory changed. Ajmal is probably the best exponent of doosra in my opinion even better than it's inventor Saqlain.

  • Sinhaya on March 8, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Great result for all Lankan fans and cannot ask for anything better! Mathews proved what a great captain is he. Thank you to all Sri Lankan expats in Bangladesh for cheering our boys throughout the tournament and hope to see you all during the T20 world cup too.

    Good way to overcome the choker tag and this is our 9th consecutive ODI win. Must target the England tour in May to get an idea where we stand in alien conditions.

    Good performance by Pakistan too and no doubt they were the 2nd best in the tournament. Misbah showed once again that he should just not quit cricket at all. Brilliant work Fawad Alam to make a great comeback after a 3 year exile from international cricket.

    Sri Lanka no doubt has a great future as shown by the performance of Kusal Perera, Priyanjan, Chaturanga De Silva, Senanayake, Thisara Perera, Mathews and Thirimanne. Lakmal is rapidly improving too. Hopefully the contract issue with the players will be quickly solved too. Been a great tournament indeed.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Yes Sang a is the better batsman but in high profile matches mahela is the best srilanka has ever produced. Not criticizing sanga as he has done well too but not as much as mahela in finals and semis. Also pak fans criticizing Misbah are the most stupid fans ever .Yes he played slow but what about bunnies like Sharjeel and Hafeez weren't they culprits. Most likely afridi was done with his two matches quota with the bat and I doubt he would have succeeded although u can't say anything about him as he is as unpredictable as Pakistan. One thing Alam could have done after getting to his century maybe could have slogged and got out to give afridi a few balls. Or Akmal could have done the same but again that could have easily triggered a collapse.

  • Musadiq_Ali on March 8, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    The Nation Loves to Appreciate when you Fight Like Lions #Win or #lose does not mater but Fight +vely Greens you are born to fight

    #Boom Boom hide the mistake vs Ind & Ban but no one teach them to learn the mistakes , no one tell them how to bowl Thirimanne who made century in first game !! this is what i talk about previous statuses ..... As #IK said we have talent but we have lake of team work anf mngmnt i wonder when will pak learn to create winning opportunities in big games???

    I think this game would teach amd wakeup Pak management b4 awl important t20

  • mzm149 on March 8, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    I don't get it why does Junaid Khan not get a chance to bowl with new ball. Umar Gul needs to go. If with his experience, he can't perform in big tournaments, there is no need of him.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka! Much respect for you guys - you clearly showed you are the best ODI team in Asia. As most Pakistani fans would concur, we'd rather lose to Sri Lanka than any other team!

  • Sinhabahu on March 8, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    India_number_1, try and rationalize it all you like, mate, but the fact is that we're the best team in Asia. Even we were without Kulasekera, Dilshan and Herath and Sanga didn't fire in the final. It was a good team effort. Best of all, we've overtaken India as number 2 in ODIs.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    congrats Sri Lanka worthy winner Asia cup but it is high time for Pakistan to stop experimenting with misbah ul haq. Pakistan will have to live life without misbah because he always play for himself and not for his country. mohd hafeez or umar akmal should replace him

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Today I missed Most ‪#‎Wasim‬ ‪#‎waqar‬ ‪#‎Shoaib‬ even Speed guns like ‪#‎amir‬ ....

  • spellbinder76 on March 8, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Pakistan did well by reaching the final. But Pakistan selectors and captain must go back to basics when they select the team. The wicket-keeper has got to be a specialist. The player fielding ability should be considered unless the player is a march winner like Saeed Ajmal, Afridi. Talha, Sharjeel and Umar Gul have got to improve Their fielding. Time to say good bye to Misbah from ODI, he is still useful in tests

  • Cricsnake on March 8, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Congrats to SL & well played Pakistan. We saw good cricket but expected more thriller from Pakistani fast-men. Just an off-day for them. It's good all-round performance from SL. Kudos to Malinga, Lakmal, KJP, Thiri & Mahela. Almost all played well. Anyway SL deserved the victory. Thanks for all "real" Indian fans and Pakistani's for admiring SL cricket. Sour grapes for the dumb haters. Anyway wanna see much more strong Indian & Pakistani teams in T20 WC. Hope you will comeback strongly. Cheers guys !

  • Sinhabahu on March 8, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Oh my god, what a beautiful win! We have waited for so many years for this! Even better is the fact that we've kicked India down a notch and taken their place as number 2 in the ODI rankings! THANK YOU, Angelo and the boys! :D

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    @Mike Moody ohh man but there is one man show by Malinga =P

  • mzm149 on March 8, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    If Sharjeel Khan gets kicked out after this loss, it is good for us.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    There's A Famous Saying That... "May The Better Team Win"... And To Be Honest, The Better Team Today Was Sri Lanka... Congratulations To Them... And Pakistan Just Didn't Seem To Win... The Winning Attitude Was Missing If It Was The Batting The Bowling Or The Fielding... They Outclassed Us In All Three Departments... Congrats Sri Lanka.. The New Asian Champions... Better Luck Next Time Greens... ‪#‎Pakistan‬ ‪#‎SriLanka‬ ‪#‎AsiaCup‬ ‪#‎BleedGreen‬

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    And its no surprise really. it was coming. only thing is that success hides away mistakes. fast bowlers have been poor throughout this event. no effect at all. been expensive.poor shots were there from game 1 to this final. not rotating strike was happening in all games. poor fielding as well.

    We all know 2 games they won by luck really. yes afridi was sensational but we all know he cant do that often. so to me this was all coming in for pakistan. you can win 1 or 2 or 3 games like this but can not win all games.

    was 260 so easy job against this bowling attack? which is termed as best bowling attack? winning or losing is another thing but they simply look toothless in this final and in whole tournament as a whole.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Guys. lets be logical in criticism. Do you really think that selecting playing 11 in presence of Moin, Zaheer and shoaib can be done by misbah only? and batting 1st is also the decision which is usually taken in team meetings before game. it is not which is done last moment. main reason for this is poor bowling. they bowled really bad. name any bowler apart from ajmal who was threatening? Not to mention about our poor fast bowlers. Junaid-gul-talha all been very average.

    the right criticism is though that Misbah and Alam played too slow. it was pressure situation but still need to rotate strike more. Thats the basic reason for this score. and no 1 can simply deny it. But also you cant say that Afridi would have hit fastest 50 again. come on we all know there is a big IF involved when it comes to afridi. and nobody gives away thinking that any other is sitting in dressing room.

    Slow batting by misbah-alam was the reason, no doubt. but not the only reason. Not to forget top3 &bowlers

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka on a thorough performance. What's been most impressive about them is their depth in batting and the way their youngsters are showing match awareness. They have played solid cricket and are deserving champions of Asia. Pakistan thrilled us all in this tournament with their ability to change games on their heads ( be it a collapse against SL and Afg or the resurgent guard of Afridi against Ind and Ban). They have some tough questions to answers regarding the fast bowling options on hand. Gul perhaps is past the shelf date specially in the ODIs while Talha lacks fitness and the menace of a fast bowler. Hope to see Irfan back in the mix. Batting has been al-right. Let's hope we can fire in the world t20 now.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Congratulations SL, excellent all round performance by them.

  • nmnaleem on March 8, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Lions roars....well played lions....you deserve the win....young thirimanne will be a asset to Sri lanka...malinga did as always......the indians (some) who cant digest our win, please worry about your team performance before commenting on other team....

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Pakistan has some positives from this cup they could carry forward to the next events.1 They must play a specialist Wicket Keeper 2. Umer Akmal is the best Batsman in the Pakistan side followed by Ahmed Shahzad. 3.Fawad Alam should be given chance in future alongside Sohaib. 4. Gul is no more the prime fast bowler of Pakistan 5. Junaid is the top fast bowler for Pakistan with Talha a good find to be carried with care.6.This is the high time Pakistan must try to seek new leadership. 7. Should not try anything against the proven record or upset the winning formula.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka!!! they deserved this cup more than Pakistan, who just couldn't find their feet on the ground. The match was decided in the first half hour I think. Kudos to Malinga, brilliantly bowled. Better luck next time to Pakistan, no hard feelings we were also great in this tournament, but Sri Lanka was better. Stand up for the Lankan champions, best side in Asia at the moment. Pakistani fan:)

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 8, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    @SenuraTimberlake: Keep your stupidity and ignorance to yourself. India won the previous WC, won the Champions Trophy last year and won many bilateral ODI series up to this point. Enjoy your victory but learn to respect other teams, especially a world class team like India. You never know when they will come to bite you. The ICC World T20 is just around the corner and India are hot favourites.

  • Snambidi on March 8, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    A classical win for SL against the mighty PaK.

    Thirimanne did a wonderful job to keep their Rythm up after their most dependable bats man Kumar Sangakkara got out on facing the fist ball. There after,it was the challenging batting from Mahela Jayawardene really abed way for the win.He gave able company to Thirimanne who did his best in this match. Congratulations to the SriLankan team.

    The greatness of the victory was more evident from the exhibition of Frustration by the Pakistan Bowler Gul.he was about to start an un necessary argument with Thirimanne which was controlled by Mahela. The Player of the match should be Mahela as well as Thirimanne as a joint winners. The best bowler of the match was Malinga claiming all the wickets of PAK fell today. Pakistan bowling was ordinary which gave PAK ground to execute effective shots. So finally SL retained the Trophy.now let us await the great ICC WORLD T20 from 16th of March. Also to be staged in BanglaDesh.

  • BARFI on March 8, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Super Team Congrtaz. Lot to learn from Sri Lanks. BD should get Arjuna Ranatunga as coach

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    A PAKISTANI FAN here 1. If somebody is calling Srilankan victory a fluke, than he or she must stop watching cricket. They played awesome cricket, they did what Pakistan didn't i.e. played ajmal with caution and attacked all others. Pakistan for me could have scored 290-9 had they shuffled their batting order with some wisdom. 2. Srilankan team as a unit was much more composed where as Pakistan was riding on the luck/narrow escapes and personal brilliance of 2,3 players clicking at different occasions. 3. WELL deserved victory by Srilankans..wish them best of luck for the T20 world cup as well..

    For Pakistan, they just need to train hard, afridi when will be able to generate his drift, will become lethal. Hafeez and ajmal are good where as junaid and gul need to undertake some extra ordinary trainings !

  • yorkslanka on March 8, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS to Sri Lanka on winning the Asia cup and going unbeaten in the tournament too..Fantastic as a fan to see my team finally get over the line in the final of a tournament. Great to see Thirimanne getting another ton batting where and how he should - opening and playing through rather than trying to pinch hit. Also, lovely to see Mahela showing his class again and hopefully coming back to what he is capable of.Well bowled to Malinga also who has done really well with the ball. Finally, bad luck to Pakistan, well played to them also for getting to a competitive total despite being in trouble early on..Words cant state HOW happy i am today and hopefully we will carry on teh winning with the world T20. Well done SL

  • Jadejafan on March 8, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Congrats to Lanka but really the older players like Malinga, Sanga, Mendis and Jaya did most of the hard yards. Youngsters basically had no pressure hence decent performances. I wouldn't get too excited after this victory. Future still looks uncertain for Sri Lanka.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    1. Congratulations to Sri Lanka for winning the Asia Cup...

    2. Pakistan wasted the Final because they don't deserve to b here and they won to India just by their luck.. After this Asia cup, anyone can say Pak has worst bowling attack even in sub-continent. Ind has much better bowling attack then Pak as they pulled the game against Pak & SL till last over with claiming 9 wickets of opposition.. If Ind would have been today in Final then SL might be fighting till the end......

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Smelling something burning in neighbor country , well deserve victory srilanka played well today congrats:)

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Good recovery by Fawad and Misbah but the 1st 3 wickets sealed the deal for Pak. Well played Sri Lanka. I don't feel too bad about losing to a quality side.

  • roook on March 8, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Srilankan were better team today and outplayed pakistan in all department and back there bowling with exceptional fielding. Pakistan were poor in fielding, bowling and batting and captaincy.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Congratulations Srilanka!

  • kr522 on March 8, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka on their win. Respect from Pakistan.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    @india #1, you will meet Lions within another couple of days, please make sure India will not loose in Fluke

  • Jadejafan on March 8, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Obviously India had an inexperienced squad in this tournament. We had no Dhoni, Sehweg, Gambhir, Singh, Khan, Yuvraj, Raina etc all massive names in Indian Cricket. Sri Lanka basically had luck in their way but could've quite easily gone the other way but congrats since its the only tournament you will win. The world tournaments are the real deal not Asia Cup which involves few teams and few of them minnows. Also Sri Lanka played a bilateral series beforehand meaning extra advantage.

  • Iceman29 on March 8, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Well done SL...so atlast a major cup in their cupboard...well done and well played...your team played better cricket throughout the tournament...a well deserved win....

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Srilanka is now one of the top three teams of the world.They have been the most consistent side in the world, ever even performing below par. Kudos to Jayawardene, he was as serene as Lara.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Well played PAK good but not good enough congrats SL u deserve it this asia cup was very much exiting almost all matches good effort from BD as well even they lost all the matches but lots of possitives for BD

  • AD_CKT_IND on March 8, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka!!!! Congratulations on winning the Asia Cup.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    I think Fawad and Misbha costed Pakistan the game! They scored too many dot balls and made sure that Afridi did not get to bat.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    100 in finals always reminds me of Aravinda De Silva. Well done Thirimanne. Actually before the tournament I only rated Chandimal but Kusal Perera surprised me. Looking forward to seeing more of Kusal Perera's explosive batting.

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    PCB is happy to save money on cheap coaches!!! We need 1 quality coach rather than Moin, Akram, Shoaib. Please get rid of Hafeez, Sarjheel, Talha, Rahman and unfit-Gul. Deshi coaches don't have any liability for the team. Also our PCB selectors never look for real talent. Pathetic!!!!

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka... you won so easily... well played Pakistan that entertained us throughout the series with their mercurial attitude... Happy we both kicked big three chief out of the tournament :) ... Waiting eagerly for T20 show ....

  • on March 8, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Congratulations and well played Lions - Love from Pakistan

  • not_a_Flattrackbully on March 8, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    If India won a game it's a major ICC tournament. when the other teams PAK SRI BAN wins it's custom ones ! ha ha ha! well well well.. ok ok ok

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Its very simple. Whenever a howler happened the team against which the decision went, goes on to win the game. SL had all the bad decisions against it in the series and won the series. Pak had bad decisions against it in Ind & Ban match and they won it. Even today I feel if Misbhah had walked Pak would have won. Akmal would have scored at a much faster rate and with possible Afridi blitz, it could have resulted in a close to 300 score which would have given confidence to bowlers. Overall as some on e said I believe it's Karma. If you believe you cheated a decision then it come backs to bite you.

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    I think that Pakistani team had only enjoyed dominate position during Ajmal's over apart from it Srilanka had complete control. Great Work Lions.but it is also important to acknowledge Afridi's exceptional performance in this tournament. Best of Luck of Pakistani Team for WCT20 and hope to see this team in semis again. Cheers!

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Mendis was being rested for the t20. We knew we had enough fire power without him. Proud of you guys!

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    @India_number_1.... SL have shown how powerful they ar.... admit it man...don't be jealous....

  • Polkadey-mudalali on March 8, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    @India_number_1: you my boy need to grow up...

  • ABKhanISB on March 8, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka

    I wonder why Hafeez is not man of the match and man of the series. He has been consistent in dropping catches.

  • casimpk on March 8, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    Sad to see Pakistan lose. Congratulations Sri Lanka, they played well tonight, they're the worthy winners! from a Pakistani fa

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    This is the true Pakistan team. Top order batsmen mostly fail, and mid order plays a favorable batting, and the best bowler Saeed Ajmal takes wickets ... and in the end lose!

    All their previous victories were luck or one man show by Shahid Afridi.

    You can't rely on luck and one man show every time.

    Congrats Sri Lanka.

  • KingSalz on March 8, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. We were outplayed by Sri Lanka in all departments. Sri Lanka deserve to be the best team in Asia. Sorted themselves out very well. Pakistan did extremely well and many positives from the tournament, Shehzad, Fawad were good finds. I think Sri Lanka are strong fav for the 50 overs World Cup as are Pakistan. Great tournament, Thanks Asia. Love you My Pakistan.

  • Cricsnake on March 8, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Congrats to SL ! A well deserved victory ! Kudos to almost all SL bowlers led by Malinga. Thirimanna was a treat to eye ! KJP rocked at the beginning. Mahela done well but finally threw his wicket quite cheaply. He could have scored a ton easily. Pakistan batted well after 3rd wicket; what a strong comeback ! Anyway an off-day for Pakistani bowlers except brilliant Ajmal. Hope Pak will come back well in T20 WC. Cheers to all teams in this tremendous cup. Nice cricket. It's the third significant ICC ODI event after WC & CT. Good to see SL win a final of such a major championship after long time. Chees guys !

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    i still cnt understand y misbah chose to bat first??? winning toss n taking a wrong decision spoils the game realy.. anyways well played lanka.. u r the deserved winners as pak didnt show any maturity in batting bowling n fielding..thts all i can say

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Like taking candy from babies!

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    pakistan is struggling only in batting bowling and feilding... rest is good... hehehe... cong to SL... WELL PLAYED BOYS...

  • Johnny_129 on March 8, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    Finally, finally, finally SL wins something even if mildly significant. Like I said before the tournament, this was the tournament to decide the BEST OF THE WORST - We have our answer, SL!! In any case, congrats to SL on an excellent victory. Pakistan played in good spirit but just not good enough today.

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    unbeaten srilanka , thoroughly deserve to be the champions

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    Ordinary fielding costs Pakistan a match. But I think there is no doubt to appreciate Misbah and Fawad recovery effort. Bad Luck Pakistan today but I think that Pakistan's current performance has made them strong contender for WCT20 2014.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 8, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Well done SL ! They were the best team in this tournament. A mediocre team like PAK were never going to win it given the frailties in their batting. Today, even their bowling fell apart. Hopeless performance by PAK.

  • SenuraTimberlake on March 8, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Well played Pakistan!! But in the end the better team won!! Go lions!! And felt bad for the Indians..I mean they are a mediocre team but they have been pretending to be world beaters.

  • sachin_vvsfan on March 8, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Congrats to both teams. SL looked more balanced than Pak . They have better stable batsmen and deserve to win. But Nothing to take away from Pak . They have been a bit inconsistent but produced some thrillers and entertained the crowd. Overall i think this Asia cup is more entertaining than its predecessors.

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    #india_numb Sri Lanka beat everyone. , real lucky . Well played lads .

  • uboatlover on March 8, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    congrats to sl from pakistan well played

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    bye bye pak , superb play by srilanka deserve to win the asia cup, they were the consistent and better team in this competition

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    An inevitable result of bad captaincy

  • Retour on March 8, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Congrats to SL (I guess, it also equaled Ind's record of winning 5 Asia Cups) and finally getting over the line in a final. One more 5-er for Malinga, what a bowler! Mahela once again played well in a final, while Thirimanne helped himself to a 100. In the end, an easy win!

    As for Pak - no fireworks from Afridi, no win. The team should thank Afridi for giving it an opportunity to play the final

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    @ india no 1 what did u said buddy india wud have won if they play their best team what is india?? did they play in this asia cup??... ohhh now i remember india was the that team who won against BD & afgan yeah yeah u r no 1 of doing it no 1 humilated team in the word

  • tanstell87 on March 8, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Indian fan here...i don't agree with India_number_1 ...Sri Lanka was the better team of all 5 teams that participated in this Asia Cup....now they have broken the final jinx so they are double dangerous for forthcoming tournaments as they have ability to make most finals...well done Lanka...

  • bigbang07 on March 8, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    So many excuses from the Indians, lots of sour grapes. Pakistani's are gracious in defetat. Indians always have a problem when we Sri Lankan's win tournaments. To be unbeaten at the Asia Cup, THE tournament of the subcontinent shows how efficient we really are. Job well done boys!

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    It seemed like one sided game at the end of the day. The worst game that Pak played today. Srilankan plan was accurate despite fall of the first 3 wickets. They could promote Afridi to score quick runs, If Afridi would stay for 42 balls surely he could manage to score 75-80 runs under his belt & that would have been difficult while chasing. As players of international level if they think 260 is or will be enough against the best team in this Asia Cup 2014, then we the fans are fool. How they can think to defend 260 when in the last game BD scored a massive 326 against Pak bowling. Lack of aggressiveness of batsmen & batting order decision they stuck & at the end of the day its Srilanka who really played well & without any doubt, pressure & should win it handsomely. I think to participate in the Final was their achievement from this tournament not the title.

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    From the first game Lions out played all the teams, we will win T 20 champions ship as well no doubt. Congratulations.......

  • Jadejafan on March 8, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka winning was a fluke.

  • Ravinducool82 on March 8, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka is going to be the country who won most No. of Asia Cup winnings...

  • Jadejafan on March 8, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    Sri Lanka were lucky but congrats anyway as you seem to fail in 'proper' tournaments which is the real deal rather than custom ones like Asia Cup. Had we had our full strength team than we would've one easily.

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    Poor effort by Pakistan. Top 3 were simply poor. Sharjeel has failed and he doesnt look like odi material. no technique. have to look ahead now. Both ahmed and hafeez played lazy. ahmed was inform but lazy here. Hafeez is big time inconsistent player. Misbah was slow in that partnership with fawad. should have rotated strike more. atleast 20-25 runs more. Got lucky as well. but couldnt make it count but the way pak bowled and SL batted, even 300 would have been easy.

    Fawad batted well. accelerated well but still end up way too short than balls played. but over all good games in comeback.

    Umar akmal was good in the end. main hitter Afridi didnt get a single ball. but again i would say that with afridi you never know so these IFS are part of game. he might have out 1st ball. depending on him is really questionable.

    260 was fighting but poor bowling and below par fielding effort from pakistan. Luck/mercurial performances carried them to final but not today.

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    they not deserve to win (pak) see their field set.sooo negetive

  • roger83 on March 8, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Well Played Lanka ! Pakistan's fielding and bowling has looked out sorts today , it's an added agony to a batting collapse. Looks like Pakistan bowlers didn't do any retrospective on Bangladesh game . Hafeez's catch drop rate is 40 % since oct 2012.If it wasn't for Afridi in previous 2 games , Pak would be been in dire straits. And stills folks are piling the blame on Misbah and Fawad !

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Also Pakistan team shall maintain Spirit of the game. ex. mibahs caught behind. The captain/seniors shall be exemplary for young cricketers

  • uboatlover on March 8, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    regardless of the result, well played sl and well played fawad alam, misbah and saeed ajmal

    umar akmal made runs but dropped a catch of the person who had scored bulk of the runs for sl

    well played

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    And its no surprise really. it was coming. only thing is that success hides away mistakes. fast bowlers have been poor throughout this event. no effect at all. been expensive.poor shots were there from game 1 to this final. not rotating strike was happening in all games. poor fielding as well.

    We all know 2 games they won by luck really. yes afridi was sensational but we all know he cant do that often. so to me this was all coming in for pakistan. you can win 1 or 2 or 3 games like this but can not win all games.

    was 260 so easy job against this bowling attack? which is termed as best bowling attack? winning or losing is another thing but they simply look toothless in this final and in whole tournament as a whole.

  • bootlicker on March 8, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    It is clear now SL is a better team than PAK. Mahela rose exactly on the right time and established the all important partnership. I don't think PAK is the right opponent for SL, because SL is too strong for them, and also there is no other Asian team at the moment which can beat SL.

  • Vikum72 on March 8, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    Thirimanna has arrived! The era of the Sri Lankan young guns have begun.

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Guys. lets be logical in criticism. Do you really think that selecting playing 11 in presence of Moin, Zaheer and shoaib can be done by misbah only? and batting 1st is also the decision which is usually taken in team meetings before game. it is not which is done last moment. main reason for this is poor bowling. they bowled really bad. name any bowler apart from ajmal who was threatening? Not to mention about our poor fast bowlers. Junaid-gul-talha all been very average.

    the right criticism is though that Misbah and Alam played too slow. it was pressure situation but still need to rotate strike more. Thats the basic reason for this score. and no 1 can simply deny it. But also you cant say that Afridi would have hit fastest 50 again. come on we all know there is a big IF involved when it comes to afridi. and nobody gives away thinking that any other is sitting in dressing room.

    Slow batting by misbah-alam was the reason, no doubt. but not the only reason. Not to forget top3 &bowlers

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    I think this game would teach amd wakeup Pak management b4 awl important t20 ... misbah would be out of it thankfully and you will find a total different Hafeez cox we all know how useless player he is... But very well played Srilanka ... Awl d best for t20 worldcup

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Loosing ends for BD Team...... never seen such a tragic Tournament for a Team before. Loooking lie to win easilybut, nmouring at the end is very weird...... Proud for BD Cricketers.. They Could Have been at the Final. Each of the Game Showed that. None of the Games Hade been one sided, unless the Tragedy............

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Farhad no I don't criticise players blindly, none of them is my favourite, Pak Team knew what exactly happened to them in 1st Game, Pakistan not been playing with regular keeper for last 2 years, So no point talking about regular keeper, Fielding was placed on merit, you must av missed out wen sunny was praising Misbah, after that Gul, Junaid, Talha, and Afridi bowled too many short pitch deliveries , most on leg side, I know many just love to bash Misbah , Bating 1st if top 3 had played with brain, pak could av scored 300 It's time to let Fawad bat at 3 and Hafeez at 7 only if wen needed.

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Pakistan has the best bowling attack. Ha ha ha.......... They cannot even defend 260.

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    what ever!!!!!I guess it does not matter we have our own style to make an impression

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    I think SL out played all teams and they deserved to be winner of this cup Congrats Lanka

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    New batsmen is in. .misbah plz give spell to ajmal and afridi. .they can bring it back

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    Congratulations Lions,

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Mr. Mahi, Perhaps you have got the Misbah syndrome but only to mark three aspects: 1. Opting to bat first. 2. Suggesting a lower total to be enough.3. Playing a non-specialist WK, although Umer is a specialist batsman. 4. Not keeping the field change according to the batsmen.

  • romirom on March 8, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    how somebody can play 100 balls for his 60 odd runs even in such flat wicket and the more interesting thing is that afridi wit his prime form got chance to cum in crease to play last 2 balls. Misbah are a good player but never finish game for pak.

  • Ravinducool82 on March 8, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Many said that without Sanga's bat Sri Lanka cannot win.But today it was proved that SL team is well balanced and consists with many other quality players.

  • on March 8, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    whenever Misbah comes, pakistan 3 down for very cheaply.so wat Misbah do. pakistan in side of losing final due to only one thats MALINGA. He also taken victory in previous match by taking 5 wickets when Pakistan was very near to victory. GREAT GREAT BOWLER LASITH MALINGA.

  • dual.citizen on March 8, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Being a pakistani fan I must say that SL outplayed us despite a wonderful batting performance by Fawad Alam. It should easy from here, a well deserved victory. I will not even pray againnst it, Congrats SL.

  • on March 8, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Pakistan is doomed ! Javed

  • roook on March 8, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Pakistan has one dimensional batting line up. Players having good strike rates have poor averages and one having good averages have poor strike rates. unfortunately Pakistan does not have players like Amla, AB devillers,clarke, dhoni, kohli which possess good strikes rates as well as healthy averages. Misbah and Fawad played too many dot balls and could not accelerate when required and were 50-60 runs shorts on flat track.

  • on March 8, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    I always knew that Fawad Alam has the potential to be a great Test and OdI player. Due to favoritism in Pakistani cricket many talented players do not get the opportunity to play at the International level. I hope he becomes part of the teams instead of just a towel boy.

  • on March 8, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    SL have outclassed us, full credit to them. Plz get rid of gul, talha, sharjeel and hafeez, these avg players will never win us a game. feel for fawad

  • on March 8, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    Thankyou Hafeez ... what a sitter at what stage against what player ... really we shouldn't have won this game anyways ... just no compition to watch out for :(

  • on March 8, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    It's not over yet, Pakistan can still win this match.

  • sumit1982 on March 8, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Good to see one of the most stylish batsmen in Lanka mahela getting the form back in right time.

  • on March 8, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    Farhad I can't see any errors on Misbah's captaincy , kushal catch cost 8 Runs, then thirimane was dropped on 38 of 46. Then bad fielding and too many short and leg side bowling is costing pak. Most pak bowlers have experince, They should know their job. You can't win matches wen your Top 3 are back on 17.

  • SK2014 on March 8, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Sri Lanka has out-performed all the teams. They deserve to be the Asian champs.

  • mzm149 on March 8, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    This proves that whenever Misbah bats long, Pakistan mostly loses.

  • mzm149 on March 8, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    We have another Misbah in our team now but he can score 100.

  • on March 8, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    pak already lost

  • mzm149 on March 8, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    Sharjeel Khan needs to be shown the door now. Enough is enough.

    Misbah fans will be jumping now for his heroics but Sri Lankan batsmen have shown how easy it was to bat on this pitch where Misbah and Fawad dragged on at snail's pace.

    We are losing to a better team. There is no shame in that but our fast bowlers really let us down.

  • saintsinister on March 8, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Mahela is still not in form though. Still edging the ball even after being given two lives by the umpire.

  • dreamliner on March 8, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Feel for Ajmal and Afridi- rest of the bowlers have lost this for Pakistan. Signs were on the wall from previous performances. Either Mohd Akram, the bowling coach, has failed to justify his 2 year extension and hone the bowlers' talents on the opponents weakness or the seam bowlers have failed to employ an effective strategy. Very disappointed by Gul and Khan considering the fast bowling talent from Pakistan. The srilankan seam bowling attack is looking miles ahead of the over-hyped Pakistan seam attack which is fast resembling that of India's. Get rid of them including bowling coach and bring back Amir and Asif.

  • Ranjit_Perera on March 8, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    That is what I love abouth the Lankans , Sanga is down then Mahela rise up to the occasion and if he went down then matthews will come to the party.So far well played by the lankans and hope they will finish it with 8 wkts in hand :)) GO LIONS GO

  • imad_lala on March 8, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Pakistan team is just looking effortless in the feild...they are not going for victory...misbah is still defensive..come on boys....

  • saintsinister on March 8, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    From Sri Lanka's side the only bowler was Malinga and from Pakistan only Ajmal. Difference is that the others surrounding Malinga kept the run rate down. Also umpire not giving catch out of Jayawardena and then Plumb lbw when he shoulder armed the ball. Also Umar Akmal dropped Thirimanne. Fielding is lethargic. Umar Gul as I said should be shelved for good. He is just a no good bowler way past his useful years for a while now. Talha only had one good game and already looks tired. Junaid has been off colour for a while too. When batting has been clicking then bowling has started flopping. Russel Arnold is right, 'No threat at all'.

  • Crickeee on March 8, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Brilliant batting by these 2 Sri Lankan batsmen. Respect from Pakistan. If Sri Lanka wins today then i must say that this is going to be thier well desrved win.

  • mzm149 on March 8, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar: Grapes are sour.

  • on March 8, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    This is not about winning or loosing, it's about a good game. Both countries played excellent, never forget afridi's magical innings against India and Bangladesh. Sanga's ton against India. That's that game. This isn't war. We enjoying cricket.

  • on March 8, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Need 2 wkts... :)

  • on March 8, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Mahi, im not too much criticising his batting, which by the way is the same as fighting tanks with swords, but its his captaincy which is meaningless and lame. Not to mention his intentions and envy against his own team mates. He just want to exert qualityless leadership over quality worldclass players. We must develop new leadership and players for the upcoming world cup or we'll end 4th or 5th eventually.

  • on March 8, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Pakistan Fast bowling is pathetic!!!! M. Akram himself is an ordinary bowler.

  • on March 8, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Can u guys "Value" useless dried up over when misbah was at crease ... almost same scenario was created for Sri Lanka and look how they respond ... Pooooooor tactica by Misbah by saying 230 is a safe target ... what were u thinking Mr Tuk Tuk ! HuH

  • Rajesh.Kumar on March 8, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    Sri Lanka really got lucky, that it had to play the final against the weakest team of the tournament. Now they should not blow it, because they may not get such an opportunity again....

  • Kashif.Chanda on March 8, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    What happened to those palmist who claimed that Pakistan will win today for sure? Any new predictions? LOL

  • on March 8, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    this is not a real pakistani team bcs his bowling is not this type we expected alotz.of him.....alotz.of miss field and dropend cathes seen today i never think bcs play to win this match but we want to seen good match so best of luck pakistani player and his bowling.

  • Kashif.Chanda on March 8, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    Yay!!! Ajmail is back :D - Okay Jaya it's your turn to go back to the dressing room.

  • on March 8, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    Biggest mistake that Pakistan did was not allowing Afridi a chance of batting at least 20-25 balls. It would have been totally different had he come earlier. SL could not hope any thing better than getting Fawad to bat continuously consuming more balls than he what actually scored.

  • sangaTHEgreat on March 8, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    goog to see that mahela is back in some form

  • on March 8, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    lools like easy for SL. many people say it was batting or slow batting for misbah- alam , but to me main concern is bowling. apart from ajmal no 1 else looked good. 260 is not that easy score to chase. talha a big time disappointment so far.

  • on March 8, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Jayawardene the torch bearer, patience will win him player of the match alonside Malinga

  • Nuwas on March 8, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    Since 2007 , SL's consistency at reaching Finals is very commendable & impressive considering all the other teams. Unfortunately for them,it was the lack of more than one BigStage Batters (MJ) in team, that had let them down in not grabbing the Titles. But considering their current team performance & talent of young players; if Kusal & Thiri also can become BigStage batsmen while someone like Mathews from the middle assisting MJ, SL will be win more Titles in the future for sure.

  • on March 8, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Yorkers Yorkers Yorkers, folks

  • on March 8, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Attack now or prepare the losing captain's statement

  • Johnny_129 on March 8, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    SL has reached 133 for 2, now - Can't say they have reached the point where they can say that they have reached the 'jaws of victory' but they are close to that position. Now, will SL grab defeat from the jaws of victory as they most often do in big matches!!!

  • on March 8, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Ajmal could be the obly hope for Pakistan now.

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Farhad you need to calm down , last time Misbah won The Asia Cup for Pak, Misbah can't do everything , it's bowlers job and fielders job is to field well. Don't know why are u bashing Misbah , if Misbah had gone early , pak wouldn't score 150.

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Talha also looks tired and lethargic How Pakistan is going to get them out? Javed

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Pakistan should have played Bilwal Bhatti rather than Umer Gul Age is catching up with Gul Javed

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka ,,,,,lion

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    It was a wonderful batting from srilankan Still now it will hope Sri Lankan win it will see few hours win or lose ,,,,,,,?????

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Mahela back to form!!! 260 is nothin if he gets going!!!

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    jayawerdane is kind of player who can prove himself at right time..

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Now is the need to stop the runs and increase the r.r.r....

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    It is Muhammed Akram who is not doing a good job. Akram has only played a handful of test matches and he got no concept of fast bowling Pakistan should have either Waqar or Waseem as bowling coach Javed Javed

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    nice fawad

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    With Jayawardene standing 260 is an easy milestone.

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Hafeez should be reintroduced into the attack against Thirimanne

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Jayawardene will win the match for Sri Lanka

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Ajmal should be saved for death overs. The match is going to be a thriller, however Sri Lanka has 60 % chance

  • saintsinister on March 8, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Ok now you all can close your mouths.. We just saw what a good walker Jayawardena is too.

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    ajmals 4 overs gone. other need to support him now. need his overs for later.

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    What is the problem with Misbah bhai!! I think he always wants breaktroughs....now Talha conceding runs and then Afridi comes and take one or 2 wickets and become hero!! Enough of this stuff from Misbah!!

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    its not only this tournament but pakistan fast bowling has been below par since Moh akram has taken over as bowling coach....they were a flop against south africa in SA and uae and against srilanka in uae and also in earlier matches...its because of their spin attack that they have won some matches.

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    poor field placement, No short leg

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Afridi should be introduced immediately

  • AshwinMS on March 8, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Supporting Pakistan this time.Only because Sri Lanka will catch up with the no. of Asia cup victories with India if they win.

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    The match hangs in balance after Sangakara dismissal. Pakistan should save the overs of Saeed Ajmal for later use. Talha should bowl his quota of ten over in the middle.

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Now its time for misbah to attack srilanka with some mainstream bowlers...perfect situation for afridi!!

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal the biggest stalwart of Pakistan, delivers big time again. The man for all seasons.

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    definitely pak is the best team in asia with consistent misbah nd fahad in middle , with a heap of all rounders and ajmal . Sri Lanka may win this but credit ro pak as they have solid players. but they do go down on an off day quite miserably . good luck

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    The pitch is ideally suited for spinners. Early wickets will put a dent on Sri Lankan batting prowess.

  • on March 8, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Sanga Gone. Pakistan back in the match.

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    Please get rid of that club level batter and fielder Sharjeel!!! who in their right mind would select him to play at international level!

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    It was a wonderful batting from Pakistan side,now the job is for only the bowlers ,but still have hope ,That Pakistan can win this,

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    pakistan's bowling has been below average during this tournament. look at their economy rates, wickets. very much ineffective. gul has been expensive, junaid wicketless. even ajmal wasnt that effective and BD batsmen took him for record runs in last overs. not living on their reputation as quality bowlers.

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    I swear he is playing from last 11 years and havent learned. As soon as the batsmen attack him he finds him in no mans land.

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    Why the hell Umar Gul is in the team. Its been so long the last time he performed with ball. All he does is ball short on these dead pitches. He should have been replaced by either Bhatti or Anwar Ali. Bhatti should br backed.

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    someone plz take the thrones from Misbah for this one match

  • lionspaw on March 8, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    THANK YOU MIS - BAH for not leaving. Otherwise Pakistan would have easily scored more than 280.

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    Pak should be afraid of the Mantra...

    Misbah has scored a 50 so its all over for Pak.

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    They say pakistan bowling is best in the world , i think this bowling attack is too overrated. They have very weak fast bowling, they can swing the ball new or old nor they can bowl yorkers . the pace is also mid 130's. I think Mohammad Akram is a big flop. he was a useless bowler himself when he played as he was just a back of a length bowler and never use swing the bowl and now he is bring his same bowling philosphy in pakistan pace bowlers. they keep bowling short and hitting the deck but no concentration on the wrist and seam position ...which is the key to swing and move the ball.

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Hafeez's overs should be reserved for the middle while Talha or Junaid should bowl since the target is slight so we need to attack not defend but exerting economy.

  • LionsofLanka on March 8, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    It's Final!! Much awaited prestigious match for 2 teams!! And Captains who have the larger responsibilities to show decent being ambassadors of the respected countries. One who was recently advocating for banning young player Dinesh Ramdin against foul play (& it was not intentional) which was seen too harsh for that instance. Same guy who is captain of the representing one of the finalist here, showed indecent even after knowing that he had edged that delivery. I remember how great Michael was furious about the inconsistent ICC action against Ramdin. If you are most senior player of the players from both side having nearly at age of 40 & still doing unsporting activity deliberately, you have no morals to stand in front of huge cricket overs. I like MSD & Gilly the most in that perspective. They had shown cricket world that those things (ethics) are more than any. And I was present on ground when MSD recalled bell .....even in defeat situation. Hats off Misbah!!

  • AltafPatel on March 8, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    If SL play first 10 overs without losing or losing 1 wicket, they can chase the total.

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    Agree with farhad Hamid Khan

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    a good effort keeping 18/3 in mind... but still u cannot bat at 3 runs per over in odi's.... Misbah has wasted as many as 20 balls which should'nt b...... Fawad played an excellent cricket game by milking bowlers.... and compensating at last moments.... All in All ...SLK have a better chace of winning. ..my assessment is 65% to SLK if They lose only 1 wicket in first 10 overs with runrate of 4..... Fingers crossed. ...

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    To all those people bashing pakistan batting, here is what they should look at:

    With this Cameo Umar Akmal is now Leading Run Scorer of the Asia Cup with 253 Runs . Other Contenders are Sanga, Mathews and Thirimanne. "

    Pakistan came into this Asia cup with the reputation of being awesome with ball and self destrcting with bat. But if u look at all the matches so far. The batting has overall performed really well. Pakistan chased down the biggest total in the history of their cricket and got that monkey off thier backs. i think they have performed really well. Apart from those Afridi cameos everyone else including Fawad Hafeez Shehzad and Akmal have performed well. Nowonder why he is the leading run scorer. Cmon guys guve credit where due, sometimes its not really so bad to be generous to other team players. Cheers

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    rajesh.kumar we should worry abt ur teams future who r knocked out agn..we r here to worry abt pakistans present n future.. sympathy for u..i knw u r hurt bt whn players dnt even show sportsman spirit..what can be expected frm indian public lol..aahwin was caught behind n didnt went.jadeja lbw on 2 bt stayed.u even didnt win wth poor umpiring

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    The captaincy and mental absence of Misbah will cost pakistan dearly. Reminds me of General Niazi surrendering to Indian troops under allegations of treason against his country. Another Niazi today will earn Pakistan a lot of disrespect and shame through habitual lame conduct.

  • sundersingh on March 8, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    well played fawad! he deserved the century and more over is this another final choking hazard for sl... only time will tell . as far as SL is concerned they need to keep wicket in hand & wait till 35 over for dew to come

  • Naked_Cricket on March 8, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    Its better choice by Misbhah, to not to walk after nick . if he gone early score will 20 /30 higher than this. Thanks Misbha. Sri Lankan Fan

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    @Rajesh.kum, at least we have good players :).

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Looking for good match To enjoy great game of cricket

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    fawad is a gud player bt i think he needs to increase his strike rate a bit more.

  • sundersingh on March 8, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    mendis should be there.... poor decision by SL.. and coming to that appeal.. sanga payed for his fake appeal which is he used to often in many matches... and umpires all over the panel have some thought abt sanga i am sure... moral: dont try to fool others in gentleman's game

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Tol_Botvinnik i agree with your assesment. Lankans have a 80% chance of defeating a dismal batting performance by Pakistan. they simply jumped to Batting first without a clear plan. So Pakistan suffer. May be Misbah was wary of the lime light recieved by Afridi over the last two victories.

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    well done Pakistan

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    it will be interesting match

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Excellent batting by Umer and Fawad.Its evident that Pakistan relies heavily on Muhammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shahzad in putting up a competitive total hence chance lies with Sri Lanka in winning the game. Malinga Man of the Match

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Some one said that all the best players are over 35 don't you know fawad , junaid , umar akmal and a lot more only misbah and afridi are not the complete team mind it and think about your own

  • Great_Lion on March 8, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    don't want to panic yet.yes, pakistan recovery is brilliant one and they should do things like that in a final.But 260 is very much in the reach of the lankans.If we keep our cool head in the run chase ,this score will be chased.Good luck guys.

  • bouncer709 on March 8, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    SL fans, we know Sanga, he always appeal for nothing, and saw him not walking in test series, even don't go far away, in this asia cup, against India he was cleanly caught out on full toss ball, and he was not walking, then umpires just to satisfy him asked the third umpire to send him out of the ground.

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    I think if Pakistan were to loose this match ,it will be because of Misbah. He consumed too many deliveries as always. Umer Akmal didn't have too many overs left and Shahid Afridi didn't even face the ball...

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    I think that Pak bowlers need to learn how to bowl Yorkers with ease like Lakmal and Malinga.

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    malinga, Mathews and Lakmal has drowned Pakistan in a below par performance by the batting side.

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    Riz agree with you, Fawad should bat 3, imam Ul Haq should be given chance as opener before WC. Hafeez should be dropped from WC squad, he won't last in Aus and NZ pitches. Haris Sohail should be in The Team as well, Sharjeel must go. WC squad 1:- Imam Ul Haq 2:- Shehzad 3:- Fawad 4:- Maqsood 5:- Misbah 6:- U Akmal 7:- Afridi 8:- Bhatti 9:- Anwar Ali 10:- Ajmal 11:- Junaid 12:- Gul 13:- Talha 14:- M Irfan 15:- Haris Sohail. This would be ideal Team for Aus and NZ conditions.

  • on March 8, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    It is a pleasure to see two top teams of Asia playing. Happy to see more balanced comments from the Lankan and Pakistani fans. The comments from the Indians only shows the poverty of spirit and sportsmanship. Welcome to the Top Table of ICC.

  • cheguramana on March 8, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    SL has lost 4 World Cup finals..... Time to add an Asia Cup finals to the list !

  • on March 8, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    260. A below par score. SriLanka will trounce in a 75:25 success ratio in their favour

  • on March 8, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Well played Fawad Alam, You have duplicated Asif Mujtaba here, in such an important fixture. Thanks to you Pakistan posted 260.

  • on March 8, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    I think the way Pakistan has come up in disastrous bowling of srilanka we should be confident what gulldozer and junaid got in their magical buckets .. Over to the last innings of Asia cup . Allah bless u guys

  • subcontinent-expert on March 8, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Oh boy !! Lankans really were left clueless... Those 2 partnerships were the turning point... Now its up to the experienced guys of Lankans sanga-mahela-angelo to do what misbah and fawad did.,

    Hoping 4 a tight finish...

    Well played by Misbah and Brave F ALAM..

  • on March 8, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    Sachithra Senanayake is the worst mistake of selection..... why the hell do they drop Mendis... also Thisara was a worst bowler in today's game....

  • on March 8, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    Everyone talks against Hafeez and forget his utility as a bowler. He is an automatic pick for asian matches and will remain important because of his bowling. Its very helpful.

  • yorkslanka on March 8, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    fantastic batting from Pakistan in the last 15 to power them to this score. I think Alam was superb today. Our fielding was rubbish today and that is what loses matches..again well done Pakistan and lets see if our batting is up to the challenge..

  • on March 8, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Master blaster didnt even bat a single ball. SL got lucky may be. need support from Malinga. Overall good recovery by Pakistan. Alam, Misbah batted really well and then Umar Akmal was superb. Misbah got lucky. He was out. might have been a blessing in disguise as SL couldnt manage more wickets. but anyway 260 is fighting total.

    This wicket is not 300 wicket but 2 factors for pakistan. their seamers are out of form. Gul and talha expensive. Junaid hasnt got any wicket in 3 games he played. need upfront wickets.

    and dew factor. It will be pressure game .

  • sudaththa on March 8, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Thisara cant ball to inform batsman.. Mathews befor pick him a side think twice.. He is not in the SLs best 11

  • Nuwas on March 8, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    So Pak was able to get to 260 with the help of umpire blunder, miserable bowling by Perera & Sena. Pitch is a batting paradise, nothing kept low,not much spin (not at all imo)and pretty early to say if it has bounce or not since we got noone hitting deck. 260 is very get-able if the pitch were not to change.

  • on March 8, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Sl might need more Malingas in there. All wickets by Malinga tells the story. But he is in good form against pakistan. could have been more worse if he wasnt at his best. 11 wickets in tournament and 10 vs Pakistan in 2 games. Malinga the pakistani team destroyer. hats off to this guy. so much entertainment to watch him. Sloppy fielding by SL.got unlucky in Misbah decision but couldnt even take any more wickets.

  • on March 8, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    rajesh it ll be better to concentrate on ur team who is a complete failure while playng away frm home.. ur team is bck home lol so can understand ur comments ..

  • on March 8, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar did you se pak U19 team, lots of good player coming.

  • on March 8, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    Fawad Alam, a free flow run machine. JP Duminy in making

  • on March 8, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    the way fawad alam played its look that he will continue for Pakistan for at least couple of years,no doubt pak recover from no where,but i am a bit confused in depth overs that the body language of lankan is a bit question mark

  • Kh1234 on March 8, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    very poor bowling by lankans. 18/3to 240/4. won't be shocked if you lose this

  • Tal_Botvinnik on March 8, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    Its a very flat track and anything below 275 is below par.

  • Riz000 on March 8, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    why is Sharjeel khan back?? whats good about this guy? Shoiab maqsoods a quality batsman yet sharjeel who is a complete failure in int cricket takes his place. how does Mohmaad Hafeez keeps his position at no 3? just shows how much corruption there is in PCB and dressing room Harris Sohail should have been in the team.

  • on March 8, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    While it could be understood why Sri Lanka selected to go with Sachithra instead of Mendis, you have to say at this stage of the game, that it probably is the wrong call. No one else other than Malinga seems to be able to take a wicket. Sachithra has already failed in 2 of the three aspects today. He dropped a catch and didn't bowl that well. 1 or 2 wickets from Mendis, even at a high cost could have immensely helped Sri Lanka's cause.

  • on March 8, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    I think its SL gain that Afridi isnt there at the crease now The late afridi comes the better is for SL

  • on March 8, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Pakistan will close his innings Insha Allah in Asia Cup Final at 250 to 280 expected. what do u say guys?

  • on March 8, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    It looks more and more that a 250+ score is inevitable. However it's a good pitch and I believe even 300 could be chased. The fact that Pakistan loss those 3 early wickets prevented them from going for that 300 target. SL shouldn't get disheartened. Try and restrict Pakistan as much as possible in these 7 overs and believe that they can chase anything Pakistan put on the board.

  • on March 8, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    @Vikas plzz get over Misbha dispute and enjoy cricket your comments sucks....

  • on March 8, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    its funny that when pak is on receiving end of such things people say its part and parcel of games. and when others dont walk against pak , people say its job of man in red. but when it goes against themselves then different views.

    My personal thought is that it is job of Man in Red. said it when sanga didnt walk in test. standards are poor during this event. in each game 2-3 bad. should have a ranking system for these as well.

  • on March 8, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    once again poor from men in red. This time misbah got lucky. overall very low standards during whole event. in each game they had 2-3 bad. and Pak also on receiving ends on may occasions.

    Some one mentioned sanga for walking?i think you missed recent test series in uae.

  • on March 8, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    I dont get my Misbah has not managed to score a 100 yet.

  • on March 8, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    @Rahesh.Kumar deepest sympathy's mate

  • on March 8, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    Malinga's new name should be Pak team destroyer. Highest wicket taker of tournament and almost all came against pak in 2 games.

  • vkumar_086 on March 8, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    dream batting of Misba is finally ended by Malinga

  • on March 8, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Every one whose' saying misbah should've walked and that he should be like sangakkara. If I am correct I clearly remember Sanga not walking after a clear edge against pak in a test series few months ago.

  • vkumar_086 on March 8, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    dream batting of Misba is finally ended by Malinga

  • vkumar_086 on March 8, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    36 overs 138/3 in finals...great....even Bangla could have played better than this...

  • Nuwas on March 8, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    finally the lucky boy is dismissed, no wonder it did not involve any umpire this time.

  • vkumar_086 on March 8, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    36 overs 138/3 in finals...great....even Bangla could have played better than this...

  • mohammed-ismail on March 8, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Today Pakistan will win easily, Sri Lanka depend only on 2 players - Sangakkara in batting & Malinga in bowling. Get Sanga out, Pak wins. Sanga also shines once in 5 games, so we are going to win comfortably. Afraidi can win it single handedly, GO LALA GO!!!

  • vkumar_086 on March 8, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    @ Deepti Mariyam Ashwin is only a player...but Misbah is a captain...he should set examples for others......i was liking only Afridi and Misba in entire Pak team....but Misba lost many fans because of his poor spirit of the game.....Afridi is good player and nice humble man... i saw many times, he walked out when he knew he is out....

  • on March 8, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    @Rukhsan_Tharanga . I am a huge advocate of waking and I think Misbah should have walked but Saying Sangakarra is a walker then you are mistaken. He will appeal for anything that he sees can intimidate the umpire. Let's keep it simple and only support walking like Gilly did against Lanka in the Semi Finals

  • Rajesh.Kumar on March 8, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Cricket has zero future in Pakistan, because their best players are all above 35.

  • Vikum72 on March 8, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    Half chances not going Sri Lanka's way. SL should be confident enough to chase even 300 as it looks like a 250+ score from here. It's an interesting decision to drop Mendis. There are pros and cons.

  • vkumar_086 on March 8, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    Finally Pak crossed 100 runs in 31st over.......very very quality batting from Pak in finals....SL will win by big margin......

  • on March 8, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    Cricket is no more a gentleman's game. Thanks to players like Misbah.

    Poor umpiring might cost SL the match.

  • vkumar_086 on March 8, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    @Adnan Hannani we do not want to play final in this degraded quality...that too your famous captain is not going out even after he knew that he is out....Indian players are far better than him....ha ha

  • on March 8, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    SL must give a over SLINGA to break Misbha or Fawad

  • Rajesh.Kumar on March 8, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    This is what happens when teams like Pakistan reach the final by fluke. Pathetic cricket on display, and who knows, Pak may even become Asian champ. An inevitable consequence of terrible standard of cricket practised by these two teams...

  • on March 8, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    misbah you are clever cricketer. .but try to be a gentleman cricketer like sanga.

  • Pindia on March 8, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    Fawad Alam could become a Pak legend!!! These two should edge along towards the 40th. If Akmal comes in at around 35 and Afridi around 40 that should be fine. Consider promoting Ajmal or Gul if necessary. Aim for 275 but 250 could be enough. With an Afridi-Akmal-Gul blast 290 still on but unlikely... Got a feeling this will be Ajmal's final... Pakistan Zinzabad...

  • neanderthal on March 8, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Two average sides fighting it out in an average tournament final beating three other average sides. Subcontinent mediocrity and their fans at their so-bad-that-its-funny best!

  • on March 8, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    misbah allreddy out.he is not a gentleman. look sanga.he is not like misbah

  • on March 8, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Pak will loose the match

  • romirom on March 8, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    comon play sum strokes now.its not a pitch where u can defend 200 easily.

  • on March 8, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Sri Lanka a bit unlucky today about walking from the crease in this situation, there are very few batsmen who do that.....

  • on March 8, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    he is a fast learner from sanga.

  • bouncer709 on March 8, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Good come back from Misbah and Fawad.

  • mzm149 on March 8, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Misbah did a Sangakkara and Ashwin trick by not walking off after edging.

  • on March 8, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    20.3 0 Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, loud, concerted pleading appeal from Sri Lanka. Misbah smiles and looks skyward and umpire Oxenford says calm down boys. It was the cross-seamed delivery just outside off. Lured Misbah into a guide to third man. And hello, hello, there was a fine edge there as it went to the keeper. Mathews knew it, Sanga was wildly positive and Misbah was already relieved.

    Great acting, Misbah.

  • on March 8, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    I hope this is misbah's last match. The man is simply a test player with no qualities of captaincy. When you know that you batting is weak then why chose to bat first? Where is Sohaib? The game is simply a wrap unless bowling fires back. Misbah is worst when it comes to rotation. He will leave the pressure for the tail enders.

  • on March 8, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Love to see Lala firework and great Sanga reply

  • on March 8, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    misbah not a great player bcoz not leaving ground even edge. pls misbah be a gentleman its not one time. learn from srilanka junior player kusal silva.

  • on March 8, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Umpires needs to be more accurate and vigilant on their decisions in a cricial game like Asia Cup finals.

  • on March 8, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    I like Misbah but he is very defensive in his approach. And that's were Pak has suffered in recent years.

    And as he is getting some runs in this match... another bad sign for Pak :)

  • on March 8, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Misbah had clearly edged it. He should have walked back to the pavilion. Really it is against the spirit of the game. He is not setting good examples for youngsters.

  • on March 8, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    @vkias Still Pak is playing the final and Ind is out!

  • on March 8, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    both sanga and mishbah playing their normal game. sanga doesn't appeal to missed catch and misbah doesn't walk after edge. what a shame

  • on March 8, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Lot of Pakistan Fans argues about Ashwin not walking when he nicked one to Umar. Waht will they say about Misbah's nick today and staying at the crease.

  • on March 8, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Mendis's omission is quite unbelievable. We can already see that after Malinga's wickets, Lankan's have not created any chance so far (after 19 overs) and Senanayake is not bowling well today.

  • on March 8, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Maxxa fielding and bowling... keep it up LIONZ!!! WE CAN WIN!!!

  • on March 8, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Sohaib out of the team for Sharjeel. Pak batting first after winning the toss while Sri Linka went for seamers. In the evening due will not help Pak spinners.

    All signs that Pak will loose by a big margin.

  • Yousafahmed11 on March 8, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    ODI WC finals, T20 WC final, Tri series final, Champions trophy final and now Asiacup final. Will history repeats one more time? Will we be no:2 time in one more tournament ? Lets wait and see how our Flat deck stars will play against Pak bowlers.

  • vkumar_086 on March 8, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    best batting practice of Pak before t-20 world cup......superior stuff

  • Diaz54 on March 8, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    Surprise surprise, the worst batting line struggles again....poor strokes aim afraid. No discipline...I had a feeling this would happen when they decide to bat first. Feel very sorry for the bowlers. I have feeling the backdrop guys are not doing too well,getting these guys set up. Very very difficult to win from here...lost game in first 3 overs....! Club batsmen will make better fist of this! I am one of them.

  • Yousafahmed11 on March 8, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Mendis is a one game wonder. Better to keep him away from matches when the new players used to him.

  • on March 8, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    fawad Alam holds the key.

  • mzm149 on March 8, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    If Pakistan reaches 230 and the pitch remains the same, we are here for a cracker of a game.

  • vkumar_086 on March 8, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Poor Pakistan again showing great character of collapse.....undoubtedly Malinga is succeeded against all teams of the world but his record is poor against India....Kohli hit him like anything in Hobart (7.2 overs 96 runs) and Dhoni in death overs of worldcup final...consecutive fours in 3 overs....

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Without Mendis, it will be tuff for Srilanka. Let's see. If Srilanka can take Misbah and Umar, then they can fill the gap of Mendis.

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Good start Sri Lanka! Come on win it from here....

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    damn! why its just 10 ovrs for 1baller? can't we make 20 atleast for today

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Mendis omitted for the final? It seems those responsible for selection are living in a parallel universe. He was the most successful bowler in this tournament and has an extraordinary record in finals. This could be the gravest error of selection since he was dropped from the last World Cup final.

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Its too early to suggest the result...Pakistan still has its main batsmen on the crease and with Afridi to come none can guess what's coming

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    mendis is type of bowler who can destroyed any batting line up in the world,and he is in good rhythm in this Asia cup,so i don't know why he dropped,to be very honest he is second best bowler in sri lankan team after malinga

  • Ravinducool82 on March 8, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    What a bowling by Malinga...SL is going to win this game..iam sure..

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    18/3: Back to normal business. Malinga on Fire against Pakistan again. Had almost nothing in other games but looks like he is starting from where he left the 1st game against pakistan. with 5 for in 17 balls. already got 3 in 3 overs.

    Poor by sharjeel. already got 8 runs of that over. Ahmed was lazy. and hafeez might have seen steyn coming in. :)

    Wrong choice to bring in sharjeel for Maqsood. Maqsood didnt look too good in but still better in middle order than sharjeel.

  • subcontinent-expert on March 8, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Malinga has done his job... 3 in 3 overs...

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    someone must hold on the inning together for Pakistan

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    pakistan won the final

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    no game plan again from dul and pessimisticl Misbah

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    my prediction in favour of Sri Lanka. Pakistan should have maintained the winning formula of last 2 matches.

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    R srilankans mad leaving ajantha mendis now i am sure that srilanka is definately going to lose

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    thank god..chandimal left out...he should gain his confidence and form back playing domestic.. better to go with ashan..good decision from captain...cheers sri lanka....hope u will win this...

  • subcontinent-expert on March 8, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Hopefully a crackier match... PAK seems stronger... My money on Pak... Watch out guys there may be a surprise pakage from both sides..

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    No Bhatti or Ali? watch when we 200/6 with 10 overs left. nobody left to score runs

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Congratulation to both teams.Sri Lanka has the main triumphs cards like Sanga,Mathews & Thisera to lead the game.moreover Malinga will destroy pakistan middle order once again as we seen in previous game.there will be few boom boom too...

  • Tmalik on March 8, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Job only half done for Pakistan unless they win the final... and i am sure Pak i s winning Inshallah!!!!!!!!!!

  • siddhartha87 on March 8, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Mendis had been joint-highest wicket taker in the tournament with nine scalps at an average of 14.And he is dropped .Never understand why SL management always does this sort of thing to Mendis.

  • mzm149 on March 8, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Are they nuts? Mendis out. Good for Pakistan.

    Why Sharjeel Khan instead of Sohaib Maqsood when the latter was wrongly given out and Hafeez performed as opener.

  • mzm149 on March 8, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Are they nuts? Mendis out. Good for Pakistan.

    Why Sharjeel Khan instead of Sohaib Maqsood when the latter was wrongly given out and Hafeez performed as opener.

  • siddhartha87 on March 8, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Mendis had been joint-highest wicket taker in the tournament with nine scalps at an average of 14.And he is dropped .Never understand why SL management always does this sort of thing to Mendis.

  • Tmalik on March 8, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Job only half done for Pakistan unless they win the final... and i am sure Pak i s winning Inshallah!!!!!!!!!!

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Congratulation to both teams.Sri Lanka has the main triumphs cards like Sanga,Mathews & Thisera to lead the game.moreover Malinga will destroy pakistan middle order once again as we seen in previous game.there will be few boom boom too...

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    No Bhatti or Ali? watch when we 200/6 with 10 overs left. nobody left to score runs

  • subcontinent-expert on March 8, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Hopefully a crackier match... PAK seems stronger... My money on Pak... Watch out guys there may be a surprise pakage from both sides..

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    thank god..chandimal left out...he should gain his confidence and form back playing domestic.. better to go with ashan..good decision from captain...cheers sri lanka....hope u will win this...

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    R srilankans mad leaving ajantha mendis now i am sure that srilanka is definately going to lose

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    my prediction in favour of Sri Lanka. Pakistan should have maintained the winning formula of last 2 matches.

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    no game plan again from dul and pessimisticl Misbah