Asia Cup 2014: Sri Lanka Thrash Bangladesh; Will Meet Pakistan in the Finals on Saturday

March 07 07:54 2014

asia cupBangladesh, Friday, March 7 – Asia Cup 2014 has been good so far for Sri Lanka that remained unbeaten throughout the series in all the matches prior to the finals, which will take place tomorrow in Dhaka. Sri Lanka and Pakistan, winner of the earlier edition of Asia Cup, will go head-to-head on Saturday to contest for the title.

In a match that was played on Thursday at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, Angelo Mathews’ squad beat the Tigers by three wickets. Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat first. Mushfiqur Rahim was confident enough to set a tough target against Sri Lanka since his boys exhibited impeccable show in the earlier knock two days ago opposite to Pak.

The opening pair Anamul Haque and Shamsur Rahman scored 49 runs and 39 runs, respectively, before throwing their wickets to Ashan Priyanjan and Ajantha Mendis. Mominul Haque, Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan correspondingly made 1, 4 and 20 runs. Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah made 30 runs each. Ziaur Rahman added crucial 12 runs, while Arafat Sunny was out at 2 runs. Lower batting order was totally flop as Rubel Hossain was dismissed at zero and Al-Amin Hossain did not tot up a single run though face 2 balls. By the end of 50 overs, Bangladesh were all out at 204 runs.

To chase the attainable total, openers Kusal Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne came on the crease. However, early dismissal of Perera compelled audience to think Bangladesh are not going to give up easily. 24 year old Thirimanne made 33 runs before succumbing to Arafat Sunny. Kumar Sangakkara, who performed astoundingly in past couple of matches, was able to contribute just 2 runs. The current series did not hide anything good for Mahela Jayawardene, who was run out by Mahmudullah on Thursday.

A slight stability to the Sri Lankan innings was given by Ashan Priyanjan (24 runs, 4 x 3) and skipper Angelo Mathews, who played a terrific knock of 74 balls of 103 runs. The captain hit seven boundaries and a six, ensuring that his team is not going to lose the match. Nonetheless, Priyanjan lost his wicket after being trapped by Ziaur Rahman but Chathuranga de Silva imparted crucial role and lent a hand to take teams total near the target. The cricketer played an innings of 44 runs, however as soon as Mahmudullah sent him back to the pavilion, Thisara Perera also lost his wicket while batting on 15 runs.

At this point, it seemed as if Sri Lanka were going to lose the match after 47.1 overs. But the new batsman Sachithra Senanayake had something else in mind and he stood tall against the bowling attack of Bangladesh. Playing a not out knock of 7 runs of 6 balls, the right – handed cricketer ensured of Sri Lanka’s victory. In 49th over, the target was attained. Al-Amin Hossain got couple of wickets, while Rahman, Mahmudullah and Sunny fetched 1 wicket apiece.