7th Match (D/N), Dhaka, Mar 3 2014, Asia Cup
(38.4/50 ov, target 254)
Sri Lanka won by 129 runs
Player Of The Match
Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Devashish Fuloria
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka253/6(50 overs)
Afghanistan124(38.4 overs)
end of over 390 runs • 1 wicket
AFG: 124/10CRR: 3.2 • RRR: 11.47 • Need 130 from 11.2ov
Shapoor Zadran0 (0)
Chaturanga de Silva9.4-1-29-2
Ajantha Mendis7-2-11-3

That's all from the comms today. Andrew Fernando is updating the match report as I type and there will be more analysis later. Tomorrow, it's Pakistan v Bangladesh. We will be back with our coverage tomorrow. Till then, ciao ciao

"It was a very important game for us because we had to book our place in the final,"says Angelo Mathews. "They have a very good bowling attack and our batsmen found it hard, it was a slow pitch too. It was a collective effort from Thisara Perera - he scored some useful runs and picked up those crucial three wickets."

"We bowled brilliantly in the first 35 overs and Sangakkara played very well," says Mohammad Nabi. "We started well with the bat, but then Mendis and Malinga bowled brilliantly. It was difficult to pick Malinga."

Kumar Sangakkara is the man of the match. He says, "It was a tough wicket to bat on, so we had to spend some time to build a foundation. You can't take anything for granted, the Afghan team played very well, they exploited the pitch very well. There is nothing guaranteed in cricket, you can be in fine form, but it takes only one ball for you to get out, so you have to enjoy while it goes well."

A stifling bowling performance by Sri Lanka, reiterating their dominant run in the tournament. Their batsmen took them to a very good total on a difficult pitch, their bowlers then ensured there were no heroics from Afghanistan this time. Mendis and Malinga were expected to be the danger men, but it was Perera who reaped most rewards. Mendis and de Silva then ran through the tail in no time.

Terance Rodrigu: "Another disappointing innings by the afghans. They bowl so brilliantly to the opposition that they give this ray of hope of winning, but their batsman end up giving yet another bonus point to the opposition. Kudos to the bowlers."

de Silva to Mirwais Ashraf, OUT
and everytime they have looked for a shot, they have given their wickets away! The batsman tries to drive it over cover, but gets a thick outside edge to short third man. Sri Lanka are through to the final of the Asia Cup again
Mirwais Ashraf c NLTC Perera b de Silva 1 (26m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 5.55
de Silva to Mirwais Ashraf, no run
the innings has stalled completely, the batsman defends again

Faisal Sami Qad: "@Steve Austin, Thats actually not the case. A Sri Lanka win would still leave all the 4 teams open in the competition. If Pakistan lose to Bang and India Beat Afghanistan with a bonus point (or vice versa) and then Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka. These results will lead the final spot open for Pakistan and 2 more teams and the situation will be decided by the runrate."

de Silva to Mirwais Ashraf, no run
flatter delivery this time, the batsman pushes it to midwicket
de Silva to Mirwais Ashraf, no run
tossed up delivery outside off, the batsman drives it to point
end of over 38Wicket maiden
AFG: 124/9CRR: 3.26 • RRR: 10.83 • Need 130 from 11.2ov
Mirwais Ashraf1 (14)
Ajantha Mendis7-2-11-3
Chaturanga de Silva9-1-29-1

Steve Austin: "So let me get this perfectly clear. The moment Sri Lanka win, Afghanistan and India are eliminated and Sri Lanka are through. This leaves Bangladesh and Pakistan to fight for the last place."

Mendis to Dawlat Zadran, OUT
tossed up delivery outside off, this time the batsman thinks about driving and leaves a gap between the bat and pad, it's a googly again and it hit the middle and leg stump. Another one for Mendis. Sri Lanka are closing doors on Afghanistan quickly
Dawlat Zadran b Mendis 0 (5m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
Mendis to Dawlat Zadran, no run
quicker delivery on the stumps, the batsman keeps defending
Mendis to Dawlat Zadran, no run
tossed up on off stump line, the batsman defends it back to the bowler
Mendis to Dawlat Zadran, no run
fuller and quicker, the batsman comes forward and defends

Adz Bizzle: "The difference between the sides in this tournament has been the strength of sri-lankas bat & bowl. where as other teams may have only dominated in one department. The sri-lankans have alot of variety in the bowling department and in the batting they have the experience of sanga who has been their main backbone. Will sri-lanka be able to muster up one more courageous effort in the final. it most likely seems to be sri-pak final & we all know what Pak can do on the day."

Mendis to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 leg bye
another googly, but this one is spinning down the leg side. It hits the pads and they runs a single
Mendis to Mirwais Ashraf, no run
fuller delivery on off, the batsman drives it straight to cover
end of over 371 runs
AFG: 123/8CRR: 3.32 • RRR: 10.07 • Need 131 from 11.2ov
Dawlat Zadran0 (4)
Mirwais Ashraf1 (12)
Chaturanga de Silva9-1-29-1
Ajantha Mendis6-1-11-2
de Silva to Dawlat Zadran, no run
this one is much closer to the off stump, but beats the outside edge again
de Silva to Dawlat Zadran, no run
wider outside off, draws the batsman out, then turns to beat the outside edge

mykindagame: "teams should be smart in taking powerplays. If malinga is best at opening overs and also death overs, why doesnt an opposing team take the power play around the 15th or 20th..tonight should have been the best example, lasith bowled 5 and the afgans should have taken the power play striaght,which mean he will bowl another 3.."

de Silva to Dawlat Zadran, no run
flatter outside off, the batsman leaves it alone
de Silva to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 run
fuller delivery, it's driven to wide long off, first in 21 balls
de Silva to Mirwais Ashraf, no run
he opens the face of the bat to guide it to third man, but can't beat the slip fielder
de Silva to Mirwais Ashraf, no run
tossed up delivery outside off, the batsman defends it to point
end of over 36Wicket maiden
AFG: 122/8CRR: 3.38 • RRR: 9.42 • Need 132 from 11.2ov
Dawlat Zadran0 (1)
Mirwais Ashraf0 (9)
Ajantha Mendis6-1-11-2
Chaturanga de Silva8-1-28-1

Another maiden.

Mendis to Dawlat Zadran, no run
lots of flight on this one, but the batsman is able to defend it easily

Only two more wickets remaining and Afghanistan are still short 79 short of 203, the bonus point marker..

Mendis to Amir Hamza, OUT
a googly gets him a wicket! He was not reading the spin and pays with his wicket as he pushes outside the line. The ball spun in and hit the batsman on his back leg, right in front
Amir Hamza lbw b Mendis 1 (13m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 7.14
Best performances - batsmen
KC Sangakkara
76 runs (102)
6 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
23 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
AD Mathews
45 runs (41)
4 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
25 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
BAW Mendis
NLTC Perera
Match details
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka
TossSri Lanka , elected to bat first
SeriesAsia Cup 2014
Player Of The Match
Kumar Sangakkara
Match numberODI no. 3481
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 days3 March 2014 - day/night match (50-over match)
Johan Cloete
Bruce Oxenford
TV Umpire
Anisur Rahman
Reserve Umpire
Masudur Rahman
Match Referee
Chris Broad
PointsSri Lanka 5, Afghanistan 0