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Feb 25, 2014
Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara’s 128–run unbeaten stand for the second wicket helped Sri Lanka consolidate their position against Pakistan in the opening match of the Asia Cup 2014 tournament.
Both the Sri Lankan batsmen completed their half-centuries as they look comfortable in the middle. Sri Lanka reached 156 for one after 27 overs with Thirimanne batting on 71, accompanied by Sangakkara on 56.
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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