Feb 25, 2014
Lahiru Thirimanne completed his century as Sri Lanka reached 199 for two after 34 overs in their opening match of the Asia Cup 2014 tournament at Fatullah on Tuesday.
Thirimanne struck 11 boundaries and a six to complete his second One-Day International (ODI) century.
Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara added 161 runs for the second wicket helped Sri Lanka consolidate their position against Pakistan. Sangakkara, who has been Sri Lanka’s backbone fell after scoring 67 off 65 balls. He was caught by Ahmed Shehzad off Umar Gul.
The two left-handed batsmen steadied the Sri Lankan ship after Umar Gul sent Kusal Perera back to the pavilion early on in the innings, to give Pakistan the perfect start.
Veteran Sangakkara wasted no time in getting off the blocks and looks confident and hungry for runs. Thirimanne looked in good nick, reaching his seventh half-century.
Thirimanne rotated the strike and went for the boundary whenever an opportunity presented itself after making a comeback into the Sri Lankan side after a lengthy gap on the sidelines. Both batsmen look set for a three-figure score and runs are coming thick and fast for the Lankans.
The Fatullah wicket looks great to bat on and the southpaw duo are punishing every bad delivery that is coming their way. The lightening fast outfield is also aiding the batsmen.
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