Today Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by five wickets to win the trophy of the Asia Cup 2014 at Mirpur. Man-of-the-Match for taking five wickets for 56 runs, Lasith Malinga said he stuck to the basics. “Last couple of days we were training hard. It was a big final and I just stuck to the basics. At the end of the day, I am happy that I have helped the team to win the title,” he said. “Just tried to bowl good line and length and it worked for me and the team. The last few games I’ve done well against Pakistan and I’m looking forward to picking more wickets in the future.”
Sri Lankan opening batsman Lahiru Thirimanne, who hit 101 and was titled Man of the Series, said, “Actually, I just wanted to play the anchor role. We knew 260 was gettable but one man has to take up the responsibility and play through the innings. I am happy I did that. “The 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.” It’s Sri Lanka’s fifth Asia Cup title having also won in 1986, 1997, 2004 and 2008.
Pakistan, who decided to bat after winning the toss, were lead to 5-260 by Fawad Alam and skipper Misbah-ul Haq. Alam’s knock helped Pakistan recover from early devastation caused by the Sri Lankan bowler Lasith Malinga, who took the first three wickets to force Pakistan onto the back foot, before finishing with 5-56. Pakistan gave a target of 260 which was easily achieved by Sri Lanka with 5 wickets in hand.
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