Player of the Match
Player of the Match
305dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Thirimanne ton takes SL to title

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

Match Centre


Best performances - Batsmen

Fawad Alam
114(134) 8x4 - 3x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 48 runs
  • 2x4 - 3x6
4 4 12 11 26 24 9 24
HDRL Thirimanne
101(108) 13x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 28 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
10 18 15 20 16 3 4 15

Best performances - Bowlers

SL Malinga
Saeed Ajmal

Match Details



Pakistan , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Sri Lanka won the 2013/14 Asia Cup

Match number


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 days

8 March 2014 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Alagappan Muthu

10.20 pm So that's all we have for you after this long and action-packed tournament. It's been a pleasure bringing it to you but like all good things, this too comes to an end and my fingers say their feeble thanks. This is Alagappan Muthu, saying take it easy, peeps

Angelo Mathews, the winning captain, says "We wanted to break the barrier between us and the finals and credit to the whole team. I thought the toss wasn't crucial and Lasith set us up wonderfully. It was a very good run-chase. Big victory not only for me, but for the whole team. Haven't won a major tournament for a while. Very tough call to leave Mendis out because he performs well whenever we ask him to. But we wanted an extra death bowling option and Lakmal was brilliant." Thanks the fans of Dhaka and back home in Sri Lanka and then the selectors for having faith before walking off

Misbah-ul-Haq collects the runners-up cheque, They've provided some amazing games in the series. "I think losing the first three wickets so quickly we were under pressure. We recovered well after that, but we could have added 25-30 runs more. Just could not build enough pressure with the ball. It wasn't the pressure of the final. Just didn't execute our plans. We wanted not to give Lasith any wickets and in the end he took all our wickets. You need partnerships in the bowling as well. Saeed was bowling really well, but we were leaking runs in the other end. Batting was a positive sign in the series, Shehazad and Afridi and Alam and Akmal and Hafeez all played really good knocks, They batted sensibly and contributed really well. Most of the guys in the T20 side are in good form and we've been playing here for a while so we have a great chance in the World T20"

Lahiru Thirimanne is the Player of the Series "Actually, I just wanted ot play the anchor role today. We knew 260 was gettable but one man has to take up the responsibility and play through the innings. Ball was skidding onto the bat and I used the pace. It's my first Man of the Series and I'm very happy about it"

Shahid Afridi picks up the maximum sixes award. No surprise there

10.00 pm Lasith Malinga is the Man of the Match Walks up muscles bulging in a sleeveless shirt and picks up his awards. Those came in handy when he was firing in those yorkers. "Last couple of days we were training hard and we stuck to our basics in the big final. And the rest helped as well. Just tried to bowl good line and length and it worked for me and the team. Yeah, last few games I've done well against Pakistan and I'm looking forward to picking more wickets in the future"

9.50 pm Thirimanne has a stump in his hand and has to evade Chandimal who seems intent on flooring him with a big hug. Ruffles his hair when he finally catches him. There was only a brief period early on that Sri Lanka wobbled, but in the hands of Mahela Jayawardene and Lahiru Thirimanne himself, they survived it and almost took them home. Very measured innings from both of them. We all know Mahela's ability to make it count even against all odds, but Thirimanne has risen in this series and seems to relish opening the batting. Seems a very bright prospect for the future. Spare a thought for Saeed Ajmal though. He has been beyond masterclass all through the series. Not to mention Fawad Alam who made his first ODI ton today and became the first left-handed Pakistan batsman to score a ton outside the opener's position. Hang on for the presentations, by the way

Aman: "@Muthu... Dude, too many spelling mistakes.. i know its all too fast... "thorugh, becayuse, Malionga bowlwed relaly well, took 5 wivjets" We love u, enjoyed ur commentary :)" They were talking too fast, mate. Sorry and thanks

"so many good things for Pakistan to take away from this tournament. Umar Akmal batting more responsibly, vintage shahid afridi and most importantly Fawad in the middle order after too many experiments with asad, malik, razzaq and azhar. a good opener and a right arm fast bowler still a concern though." Atta boy, Sami Qahar. Excellent, rational points.

Thirimanne: Enjoying it. Scoring runs against Pakistan, very happy. Want to bat thorugh the innings today because 260 is a gettable total but we needed someone to hang in there . Malinga bowled really well, took 5 wickets. Had the momentum and we wanted to keep it and we're very happy

Mahela: Think it's a total team effort. Disappointed I couldn't contribute. The boys dragged me through and I thought Thiri batted well. I just wanted to be positive. I don't think about it as a final, just another game and bat the situation. Fantastic effort by the boys. It did, at the same time the tournament is a touch one. To go through it unbeaten shows great character. Wasn't one person performing, the bowlers, batsmen and everyone contributed

Sanga: One good knock is all we needed and we had three of them with Kusal. Fantastic effort from Mahela and Thiri to keep us steady. He's a class player and rises to the occasion and the team has a lot of confidence in him. The fast bowlers did very well, especially Lasith. The fielding was great as well, though I thought we gave a few extra runs in the end but that was always going to happen with the new rules.

Daniel Alexander: "No Dilshan, Herath, Kulasekara, Mendis and Sangakkara gone first ball, and still Sri Lanka win! "

Uwaisul Karnain: "Another clinical performance from SL secure them the Arise Asia cup and this is their 9th win in a row. Fittingly Mathews hit the winning runs which he richly deserved!"

mirandola: "It's so good to see SL overcoming the hoodoo of 'always the bridesmaid' - a good match, though Pak were always 30 light, I felt."

Mohammad Talha to Mathews, 2 runs, that's it, Mathews hits the winning runs and holds his hands aloft! Giant smile on his face, big whoops as he swings his bat around to celebrate victory. Hugs his partner and goes back over to shake hands with the opposition. It was a shortish ball on off stump, he was on the back foot and nudged it with soft hands towards long leg who was right on the boundary. Knew it was two since he hit the ball and Sri Lanka have completed a thoroughly clean performance
Mohammad Talha to Mathews, FOUR runs, short ball just outside off and Mathews has pulled it off one leg and finds the deep square leg boundary. Sharjeel has given up the chase. Punches his fists as he realises his team are almost there

6 runs to win off the last four overs

"Although Akmal scored his runs quickly, can't help feeling that had Afridi gone out instead Pakistan may have had another 20-30 runs on the board..." Oh, dont do that to yourself, Edwin

46 | 7 Runs | SL: 255/5 (6 runs required from 22 balls, RR: 5.54, RRR: 1.50)

  • PC de Silva6 (9b)
  • AD Mathews10 (11b)
  • Junaid Khan9-0-56-1
  • Saeed Ajmal10-2-26-3

Nitin: "So we're coming to the end of the tournament. Sl favours to win. Now @ALAGAPPAN MUTHU, we need you to jinx. Please end the series with a thriller from u Sir!!!!!!" Eh, I wanna go eat so I'd be happy if this is wrapped up in the next over. Whichever way it goes

Junaid Khan to de Silva, 2 runs, fullish and outside off, whips through to deep midwicket
Junaid Khan to de Silva, FOUR runs, full and slides down the pads. De Silva helps it on its way to the long leg boundary with a neat little flick. There was reverse on offer for Junaid but he doesn't control it too well.
Junaid Khan to de Silva, no run, full and just outside off, drilled down the ground but finds the fielder
Junaid Khan to de Silva, no run, good length ball on off stump, kept out

"Ajmal's confidence inspires me. No matter what is the situation or who's the batsman, he is just phenomenal. Maybe this is what they call form!" I think you mean class, Vineeth

Up there


No. of Asia Cup titles Sri Lanka have won, including today's. India also have as many which are the most


Jayawardene was put down by Mohammad Hafeez on 52 off Umar Gul in the 34th over

Big-match player


Jayawardene's average in ODI finals until today, as opposed to his career average of 33.05. He has hit one hundred and nine fifties in these matches


Lahiru Thirimanne was put down, on 36, by Umar Akmal off Shahid Afridi in the 20th over

Yet to open account


Number of wickets Junaid Khan has in the series so far

What a revival


Only the third time Pakistan's Nos. 4, 5 and 6 have all scored fifty or more in an innings

Wack stat


Wickets lost by Pakistan in the batting Powerplay in the series, until today, the least among all the teams

Another fifty


The last time a Pakistan captain hit a fifty in an ODI final. It was Inzamam-ul-Haq against Australia at the MCG

Long time ago


The only time Pakistan won in an ODI final after being three down for less than 20. It was against WI in Port-of-Spain

He's still there


No. of ODI finals Pakistan have lost with Misbah-ul-Haq in their side, out of three

How many more?


Malinga's best figures in ODI finals before today. He's taken three today already

Not great starters


No. of finals in which Pakistan have been two down for less than 20 runs, while batting first in finals

Who will take the lead?


Scoreline of head-to-head clashes for Pakistan and Sri Lanka in ODI finals

Missed out today


Wickets taken by Ajantha Mendis in four ODI finals he has played, at 12.58, economy of 4 and SR of 18.8