Final (N), Karachi, Jul 6 2008, Asia Cup
(39.3/50 ov, target 274)173
Sri Lanka won by 100 runs
player of the match
• The Bulletin by Dileep Premachandran

Mendis spins Sri Lanka to title triumph

Sanath Jayasuriya smashed another superb century before Ajantha Mendis, the mystery spinner still classed as a slow-medium bowler, bamboozled a highly rated batting line-up to finish with astonishing figures of 6 for 13

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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka273/10(49.5 overs)
India173/10(39.3 overs)

The target, despite Jayasuriya's whirlwind thrilling ton, was 274. It didn't look too big and shrunk further when Sehwag went berserk at the top. Enter Ajantha Mendis. Finger-flicking good. The Indians were clueless, playing him like he had flicked hand grenades at them. They went down in a heap. Dhoni fought alone but he too fell. Game over. Sri Lankan fans could well chant now, If Murali doesn't get you, Mendis will. It will be a rather interesting series between these two teams next month. Indians would spend lots of time in front of the video to decipher his bowling code. Can they? Time will tell but in the here and now they were unable to crack the mystery.

President Musharraf is down there with both teams. Murali has a long chat with him. Now the president goes over to the Indian camp to shake hands.

Dhoni: Mendis bowled really well. Frankly speaking, none of us picked him. He bowled brilliantly. He was fantastic. It was his day. It's a good learning curve for us as we are playing Sri Lanka next month." On India's poor record in 22 finals." At least we reached those 22 finals! That's some positive to take away from." On Sri Lanka series." It will be a tough one. Not only Mendis but also Murali and the pitches help the spinners. Hopefully it will be a tough and exciting series."

Man of the Match Ajantha Mendis. Mahela joins in to translate for him. "It was a great experience; first big tournament and enjoyed it. I didn't think too much, just wanted to bowl to the field."

Man of the tournament Mendis again. 17 wickets.

Mahela: "We have played in lots of finals. we knew that in a final 270 would be a big score. We were in trouble when Sehwag went about his way. Mendis came in and bowled brilliantly. Every one else chipped in. But I think what turned around things today was Jayasuriya's brilliant innings. He did what he does best. We knew that if we pick up wickets we can control this batting line up. To win the Asia Cup away from home is a monkey back of us. We haven't had a good 2008, so this victory is good for us. We just have to enjoy this moment and re focus on the home series. All the guys are looking forward to it."

That's it from us. Good bye from me, Sriram Veera, and Binoy George, who was the scorer today. Hope you enjoyed our coverage of Asia Cup 2008. Alvida!

Kulasekara to Sharma, OUT

Sri Lanka win the Asia Cup. Kulasekara cleans up Ishant with a full and straight delivery that beats the big drive. Mahela pumps his fist and turns to hug Jayasuriya. One by one, they all troop in and get into a huddle. They break away now. Congratulations to the champions. The Indian team stand on the staircase and shake hands with the Sri Lankans.

Ishant Sharma b Kulasekara 8 (19m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.44
Kulasekara to Ojha, 1 run

outside the off stump, dabbed to third man

Kulasekara to Ojha, no run

full and moving outside off stump, beaten on the drive

Kulasekara to bowl now

end of over 393 runs
INDIA: 172/9CRR: 4.41 RRR: 9.27
Pragyan Ojha5 (15)
Ishant Sharma8 (17)
Muthiah Muralidaran 8-0-26-1
Ajantha Mendis 8-1-13-6
Murali to Ojha, 1 run

leans forward to steer a flighted delivery on the middle and off to point region

Murali to Sharma, 1 run

driven to long-on for a single

Murali to Sharma, no run

dropped by Murali. The off break on the middle and off, driven to left of Murali who lunges with his hand outstretched but clanged it

Murali to Sharma, no run

goes round the stumps, bowls a doosra that lands outside leg, beats the waft and strikes the pad

Murali to Ojha, 1 run

fuller, outside off, squeezed to backward point region

Murali to Ojha, no run

lunges forward and is beaten by the big-spinning off break

end of over 382 runs
INDIA: 169/9CRR: 4.44 RRR: 8.75
Pragyan Ojha3 (12)
Ishant Sharma7 (14)
Ajantha Mendis 8-1-13-6
Chaminda Vaas 9-0-55-2
Mendis to Ojha, 1 run

fuller and outside off, driven to covers

Mendis to Ojha, no run

slower, lands outside leg stump, breaks back in, jabbed to short leg

Mendis to Ojha, no run

leans forward to jab a skidder to the off side

Mendis to Sharma, 1 run

another off break, turned to midwicket. Ishant reaches the other end and shouts to Ojha, off spin off spin.

Mendis to Sharma, no run

the off break this time, turns in to beat the forward prod and probably, was going down leg side

Mendis to Sharma, no run

on the middle and leg, defended to the on side

end of over 375 runs
INDIA: 167/9CRR: 4.51 RRR: 8.23
Pragyan Ojha2 (9)
Ishant Sharma6 (11)
Chaminda Vaas 9-0-55-2
Ajantha Mendis 7-1-11-6
Vaas to Ojha, no run

run out chance missed. It was pushed to point and he set off for a run, turned down by Ishant and the throw missed the stumps

Vaas to Sharma, 1 run

fullish, outside the off stump and scoops it to wide mid-off region. It was in the air but landed safely well to the left of Jayasuriya

Vaas to Sharma, FOUR runs

short in length, quicker, cutting away from Ishant who is squared up and edges it between Sangakkara and a diving Mahela who was standing at a wide slip

Vaas to Sharma, no run

slower one outside off stump, Ishant has a big swing but no wood on leather

Vaas to Sharma, no run

leans forward to push a full delivery to covers

Best performances - batters
Sanath Jayasuriya portrait
ST Jayasuriya SL
125 runs (114)
9 fours
5 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
27 runs
2 fours
1 six
Virender Sehwag portrait
V Sehwag INDIA
60 runs (36)
12 fours
0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
26 runs
5 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Ajantha Mendis portrait
BAW Mendis SL
Ishant Sharma portrait
I Sharma INDIA
Match details
National Stadium, Karachi
TossIndia, elected to field first
SeriesAsia Cup
Player Of The Match
Ajantha Mendis
Ajantha Mendis
Player Of The Series
Ajantha Mendis
Ajantha Mendis
Series resultSri Lanka won the 2008 Asia Cup
Match numberODI no. 2735
Hours of play (local time)16.00 start, First Session 16.00-19.30 Interval 19.30-20.15, Second Session 20.15-23.45
Match days6 July 2008 - night (50-over match)
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Simon Taufel
New Zealand Image
Tony Hill
TV Umpire
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Zameer Haider
Reserve Umpire
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Ahsan Raza
Match Referee
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Alan Hurst