DHAKA: Pakistan won its final match of the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka by 6 wickets at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on Friday. Greens Shirts chased 151 runs target with 4 balls remaining. Sharjeel scored 31, Sarfraz 38 and Umar Akmal scored 48.
That should come as some relief for Afridi, Waqar & co, for this has been an otherwise disappointing Asia Cup campaign. The scorecard may say Pakistan won with just four balls to spare, but they were never really challenged in the chase. Umar Akmal piloted the chase after that turbo start by Sharjeel. Sarfraz did what Sarfraz normally does, working the ball into the gaps and mixing his fineness with his street smart ways to eat into the target. All in all, a clinical effort.
Sri Lanka would wonder where they lost this. Not much doubt, really. 14 overs – 110 without loss. Next six overs, they made just 40. Once Pakistan went into the break with momentum by their side, they didn’t look back. But the form of Dilshan would come as a silver lining.
Earlier, Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi won the toss and elected to bowl first at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on Friday.
Pakistan made few changes with inclusion of Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Nawaz and Iftikhar Ahmed in place of Khurram Manzoor, Mohammad Sami and Anwar Ali.
Pakistan: Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sarfraz Ahmed†, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi*, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Nawaz
Sri Lanka: LD Chandimal*, TM Dilshan, DSNFG Jayasuriya, N Dickwella†, CK Kapugedera, TAM Siriwardana, MD Shanaka, NLTC Perera, KMDN Kulasekara, HMRKB Herath, PVD Chameera