Asia Cup, 1st Match: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Fatullah, Feb 25, 2014
Asia Cup - 1st match
Sri Lanka won by 12 runs
Played at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah (neutral venue)
25 February 2014 - day/night match (50-over match)
7.3

Umar Gul to MDKJ Perera, OUT, he has his man this time. Edged through to the keeper! The cross-seamer generates a bit more bounce and the angle away from him is just perfect. And that is enough to snare the outside edge of Kusal's poking bat. It was in that length where he was still wondering whether to go forward or back even as he nicks off. Easy catch to Akmal behind the stumps

MDKJ Perera c †Umar Akmal b Umar Gul 14 (29m 26b 3x4 0x6) SR: 53.84

Sri Lanka 28/1   HDRL Thirimanne 13* (19b 2x4)   Umar Gul 3.3-0-12-1
31.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, OUT, short ball and pulled straight to midwicket. Gul strikes totally against the run of play. It was short and it had enough width to merit an aggressive stroke, but his balance was more on the front foot which foils his timing

KC Sangakkara c Ahmed Shehzad b Umar Gul 67 (103m 65b 8x4 0x6) SR: 103.07

Sri Lanka 189/2   HDRL Thirimanne 93* (100b 10x4 1x6)   Umar Gul 6.5-0-34-2
35.2

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, OUT, off stump is knocked back! Was he playing inside the line there? Yep, but that was because Ajmal gets this fuller delivery to turn just enough. It was a loose drive taking the bat away from his body as he stayed rooted outside leg stump and perishes. Ajmal has his hands raised in triumph.

HDRL Thirimanne b Saeed Ajmal 102 (155m 110b 11x4 1x6) SR: 92.72

Sri Lanka 204/3   DPMD Jayawardene 6* (11b)   Saeed Ajmal 4.2-0-20-1
38.5

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, OUT, the star man does it again! Chops onto his off stump! Looks for that late cut once again, but this one comes in at him. Mahela is thoroughly deceived as he gets a thick nick onto off stump. Misbah is grinning the largest I have ever seen him

DPMD Jayawardene b Shahid Afridi 13 (33m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 68.42

Sri Lanka 224/4   AD Mathews 13* (13b 1x4 1x6)   Shahid Afridi 7.5-0-45-1
42.1

Shahid Afridi to NLTC Perera, OUT, heaved away to deep midwicket and he has holed out! The spinners are bringing Pakistan back into this big time. Afridi exults after duping the batsman with a wrong 'un. Thisara was forced to slog against the turn and he cannot beat the man on the boundary

NLTC Perera c Ahmed Shehzad b Shahid Afridi 6 (16m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Sri Lanka 245/5   AD Mathews 27* (24b 3x4 1x6)   Shahid Afridi 9.1-0-51-2
43.3

Junaid Khan to Mathews, OUT, this time the stumps are broken and de Silva was not even in the frame. Another yes-no situation as Mathews edges this to point. Shehzad was quick on the ball, took aim and does brilliantly. Sri Lanka are losing the plot here

PC de Silva run out 2 (5m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Sri Lanka 251/6   AD Mathews 29* (30b 3x4 1x6)   Junaid Khan 5.3-0-28-0
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Hours of play (local time) 14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45

Match Coverage


Agarkar: Vintage Pakistan performance

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in the opening game of the Asia Cup after Pakistan failed to capitalise on promising positions yet again. (05:41) | February 25, 2014

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in the opening game of the Asia Cup after Pakistan failed to capitalise on promising positions yet again. (05:41) | February 25, 2014