Lasith Malinga took five wickets for Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2014 final against Pakistan © AFP
Lasith Malinga took five wickets for Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2014 final against Pakistan © AFP

 

Mar 8, 2014

 

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by five wickets to win the Asia Cup 2014 at Mirpur on March 8, 2014. 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 adjudged 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.”