Asia Cup, Final: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Mar 8, 2014
Asia Cup - Final
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 22 balls remaining)
Played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur (neutral venue)
8 March 2014 - day/night match (50-over match)
  Pakistan innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Sharjeel Khan c NLTC Perera b Malinga 8 5 6 2 0 133.33
0.6 83.2 mph, the bowler has the last laugh! This was full and swinging in on middle and leg, Sharjeel has flicked it into the safe hands of mid-on! Two sumptuous strokes on the off side and he's thrown it away. If he was going to hit that straight, he should have kept it down or he should have nudged it through midwicket for a harmless single. But his own momentum has swallowed him. 8/1
View dismissal Ahmed Shehzad c †Sangakkara b Malinga 5 18 7 1 0 71.42
2.6 83.9 mph, another one, Malinga does it again! Punches the air and lets out a war cry that will ring throughout MIrpur. Shehzad saw a bit of width and was setting up for that back-foot punch in front of point. Struck a crisp boundary in the last over off that shot, but this time he only ends up nicking off. Touch of seam away does him in as he doesn't move his feet 17/2
View dismissal Mohammad Hafeez c †Sangakkara b Malinga 3 19 13 0 0 23.07
4.3 83.9 mph, Malinga is taking this final by the scruff of it's neck! Another catch to Sanga and Pakistan are three down in the fifth over! Good length ball, with a bit of movement away and it proves enough to snare a regulation outside edge. Hafeez has hung his bat out there with no feet and perishes. Squared him up. 18/3
View dismissal Misbah-ul-Haq* c MDKJ Perera b Malinga 65 138 98 3 2 66.32
36.4 83.2 mph, he's holed out at long-on and Malinga is at it again! It wasn't the prettiest ball, just full and outside off. Misbah heaves it straight over the top but has dragged this. That foils his timing and results in a simple catch to Kusal who extends his arms in delight. Somewhere in front of him, Misbah is immensely disappointed. 140/4
Fawad Alam not out 114 199 134 8 3 85.07
View dismissal Umar Akmal c Priyanjan b Malinga 59 65 42 7 0 140.47
49.4 72.5 mph, slower ball outside leg, Akmal slogs to present a leading edge which is held by backward point. That's Malinga's fifth wicket. Excellent change up, he knew Akmal was looking for those leg side heaves and outsmarted him 255/5
Shahid Afridi not out 0 1 0 0 0 -
Extras (lb 1, w 5) 6
  Total (5 wickets; 50 overs) 260 (5.20 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets SL Malinga 10 0 56 5 5.60 25 6 0
0.6 to Sharjeel Khan, 83.2 mph, the bowler has the last laugh! This was full and swinging in on middle and leg, Sharjeel has flicked it into the safe hands of mid-on! Two sumptuous strokes on the off side and he's thrown it away. If he was going to hit that straight, he should have kept it down or he should have nudged it through midwicket for a harmless single. But his own momentum has swallowed him. 8/1
2.6 to Ahmed Shehzad, 83.9 mph, another one, Malinga does it again! Punches the air and lets out a war cry that will ring throughout MIrpur. Shehzad saw a bit of width and was setting up for that back-foot punch in front of point. Struck a crisp boundary in the last over off that shot, but this time he only ends up nicking off. Touch of seam away does him in as he doesn't move his feet 17/2
4.3 to Mohammad Hafeez, 83.9 mph, Malinga is taking this final by the scruff of it's neck! Another catch to Sanga and Pakistan are three down in the fifth over! Good length ball, with a bit of movement away and it proves enough to snare a regulation outside edge. Hafeez has hung his bat out there with no feet and perishes. Squared him up. 18/3
36.4 to Misbah-ul-Haq, 83.2 mph, he's holed out at long-on and Malinga is at it again! It wasn't the prettiest ball, just full and outside off. Misbah heaves it straight over the top but has dragged this. That foils his timing and results in a simple catch to Kusal who extends his arms in delight. Somewhere in front of him, Misbah is immensely disappointed. 140/4
49.4 to Umar Akmal, 72.5 mph, slower ball outside leg, Akmal slogs to present a leading edge which is held by backward point. That's Malinga's fifth wicket. Excellent change up, he knew Akmal was looking for those leg side heaves and outsmarted him 255/5
  RAS Lakmal 10 2 41 0 4.10 37 3 1 (1w)
  SMSM Senanayake 9 0 54 0 6.00 24 5 1
  NLTC Perera 10 1 66 0 6.60 24 4 3 (2w)
  AD Mathews 7 1 23 0 3.28 26 1 0 (1w)
  PC de Silva 4 0 19 0 4.75 11 2 0
  Sri Lanka innings (target: 261 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal MDKJ Perera st †Umar Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 42 41 37 6 1 113.51
10.1 57.4 mph, he's completely duped him! Ajmal, you beauty! Kusal was racing down the track but Ajmal pulls his length back and gets this to jag away. Beats his defensive push and the keeper completes a simple stumping. Ajmal leaps up in celebration, he enjoyed that. And I bet Sharjeel did too 56/1
View dismissal HDRL Thirimanne b Saeed Ajmal 101 199 108 13 0 93.51
44.1 57.5 mph, doosra goes through his defences! In his final over he produces a beauty! Lahiru was on the front foot looking to defend, but offers a big gap between bat and pad. Beats the poking bat, strikes the pad on the knee roll and crashes into the stumps 247/5
View dismissal KC Sangakkara lbw b Saeed Ajmal 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
10.2 58.2 mph, leg before first ball! Ajmal is doing a Malinga! The crowd is buzzing as Sanga plays outside the line of a doosra! Defends around his front pad and gets struck in line with middle. Would have gone on to hit leg and Sanga has to walk 56/2
View dismissal DPMD Jayawardene c Sharjeel Khan b Mohammad Talha 75 123 93 9 1 80.64
37.2 88.0 mph, straight up in the air and Sharjeel just about takes it at cover. That's the end of Mahela. Fullish delivery on off stump and he goes for a swipe across the line. Not quite the shot you expect from a player so experienced with a chase to shepherd. The fielder gingerly settled under it, or so he thought, and had to dive forward to take it cleanly. Tough catches that under the night sky 212/3
View dismissal SMA Priyanjan c †Umar Akmal b Junaid Khan 13 19 18 2 0 72.22
41.4 84.1 mph, nicks off as he looks to guide it down to third man. That's Junaid first wicket of the tournament. Good length ball just a shade outside off. Terrible shot considering there was slip in place as well. Regulation edge and a diving take to his right ends his stay at the middle. 233/4
AD Mathews* not out 16 23 13 2 0 123.07
PC de Silva not out 6 11 9 1 0 66.66
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 5, nb 1) 8
  Total (5 wickets; 46.2 overs) 261 (5.63 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
  Mohammad Hafeez 9 0 42 0 4.66 27 4 0 (1w)
  Umar Gul 6 0 44 0 7.33 18 8 0 (1w)
View wicket Junaid Khan 9 0 56 1 6.22 25 6 1
41.4 to Priyanjan, 84.1 mph, nicks off as he looks to guide it down to third man. That's Junaid first wicket of the tournament. Good length ball just a shade outside off. Terrible shot considering there was slip in place as well. Regulation edge and a diving take to his right ends his stay at the middle. 233/4
View wickets Saeed Ajmal 10 2 26 3 2.60 47 3 0 (3w)
10.1 to MDKJ Perera, 57.4 mph, he's completely duped him! Ajmal, you beauty! Kusal was racing down the track but Ajmal pulls his length back and gets this to jag away. Beats his defensive push and the keeper completes a simple stumping. Ajmal leaps up in celebration, he enjoyed that. And I bet Sharjeel did too 56/1
10.2 to Sangakkara, 58.2 mph, leg before first ball! Ajmal is doing a Malinga! The crowd is buzzing as Sanga plays outside the line of a doosra! Defends around his front pad and gets struck in line with middle. Would have gone on to hit leg and Sanga has to walk 56/2
44.1 to Thirimanne, 57.5 mph, doosra goes through his defences! In his final over he produces a beauty! Lahiru was on the front foot looking to defend, but offers a big gap between bat and pad. Beats the poking bat, strikes the pad on the knee roll and crashes into the stumps 247/5
View wicket Mohammad Talha 6.2 0 56 1 8.84 13 9 0 (1nb)
37.2 to Jayawardene, 88.0 mph, straight up in the air and Sharjeel just about takes it at cover. That's the end of Mahela. Fullish delivery on off stump and he goes for a swipe across the line. Not quite the shot you expect from a player so experienced with a chase to shepherd. The fielder gingerly settled under it, or so he thought, and had to dive forward to take it cleanly. Tough catches that under the night sky 212/3
  Shahid Afridi 6 0 35 0 5.83 16 3 1

Match details


Toss - Pakistan, who chose to bat
Series - Sri Lanka won the 2013/14 Asia Cup
Player of the match - SL Malinga (Sri Lanka)
Player of the series - HDRL Thirimanne (Sri Lanka)
Umpires - NJ Llong (England) and BNJ Oxenford (Australia)
TV umpire - CK Nandan (India)
Match referee - JJ Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire - Masudur Rahman

Match Notes


    • Pakistan innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 28 runs, 3 wickets)
    • Drinks: Pakistan - 43/3 in 16.0 overs (Misbah-ul-Haq 12, Fawad Alam 14)
    • Pakistan: 50 runs in 17.6 overs (108 balls), Extras 2
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 106 balls (Misbah-ul-Haq 26, Fawad Alam 26, Ex 1)
    • Pakistan: 100 runs in 30.1 overs (181 balls), Extras 2
    • Misbah-ul-Haq: 50 off 78 balls (3 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • 4th Wicket: 100 runs in 172 balls (Misbah-ul-Haq 52, Fawad Alam 49, Ex 1)
    • Fawad Alam: 50 off 91 balls (3 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Drinks: Pakistan - 124/3 in 34.0 overs (Misbah-ul-Haq 55, Fawad Alam 51)
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 35.1 - 40.0 (Batting side - 34 runs, 1 wicket)
    • Pakistan: 150 runs in 37.4 overs (226 balls), Extras 2
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 38 balls (Fawad Alam 25, Umar Akmal 22, Ex 3)
    • Pakistan: 200 runs in 44.4 overs (268 balls), Extras 5
    • Fawad Alam: 100 off 126 balls (6 x 4, 3 x 6)
    • Umar Akmal: 50 off 35 balls (6 x 4)
    • 5th Wicket: 100 runs in 68 balls (Fawad Alam 45, Umar Akmal 54, Ex 4)
    • Pakistan: 250 runs in 48.6 overs (294 balls), Extras 6
    • Innings Break: Pakistan - 260/5 in 50.0 overs (Fawad Alam 114, Shahid Afridi 0)
    • Sri Lanka innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 56 runs, 0 wicket)
    • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 9.4 overs (58 balls), Extras 0
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 58 balls (MDKJ Perera 41, HDRL Thirimanne 14, Ex 0)
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 87/2 in 17.0 overs (HDRL Thirimanne 33, DPMD Jayawardene 12)
    • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 18.1 overs (109 balls), Extras 0
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 58 balls (HDRL Thirimanne 23, DPMD Jayawardene 26, Ex 1)
    • HDRL Thirimanne: 50 off 52 balls (8 x 4)
    • Sri Lanka: 150 runs in 26.5 overs (161 balls), Extras 2
    • 3rd Wicket: 100 runs in 103 balls (HDRL Thirimanne 56, DPMD Jayawardene 42, Ex 2)
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 174/2 in 32.0 overs (HDRL Thirimanne 80, DPMD Jayawardene 47)
    • DPMD Jayawardene: 50 off 76 balls (5 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 35.1 - 40.0 (Batting side - 31 runs, 1 wicket)
    • Sri Lanka: 200 runs in 35.4 overs (215 balls), Extras 7
    • 3rd Wicket: 150 runs in 154 balls (HDRL Thirimanne 73, DPMD Jayawardene 70, Ex 7)
    • HDRL Thirimanne: 100 off 106 balls (13 x 4)
    • Sri Lanka: 250 runs in 45.5 overs (276 balls), Extras 8
 
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