Feb 25, 2014
Misbah-ul-Haq and Sohaib Maqsood steadied Pakistan as they reached 110 for three after 21 overs, chasing 297 to win against Sri Lanka in the opening match of the Asia Cup 2014.
Pakistan require 187 more runs to win from 29 overs, and have seven wickets in hand. Misbah was batting on 19, accompanied by Maqsood on nine.
Sri Lanka fought back with quick wickets in form of Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad as Pakistan slipped to for three after 14 overs. While Shehzad was cleaned up by Chaturanga de Silva for 28, Hafeez was trapped in front of the wickets for 18. This was after Shehzad and Hafeez lead Pakistan’s recovery with their 49-run stand for the second wicket.
Earlier in the match, Lahiru Thirimanne slammed his second One-Day International (ODI) century while Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews struck fifties, to help Sri Lanka post a challenging target of 297 against Pakistan.
Electing to bat first, Sri Lanka squandered a perfect opportunity of posting a huge total as they reached 296 for six in their allotted 50 overs.
Thirimanne faced 110 balls, smashed 11 boundaries and a six to score 102, and added 161 runs for the second wicket with Sangakkara to help Sri Lanka consolidate their stand, before Pakistan fought and pulled back things in control.
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