Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup Match 7 at Mirpur
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Afghanistan pacer Shapoor Zadran rocked Sri Lanka early when he dismissed opener Lahiru Thirimanne for five © AFP
In-form Sri Lanka sailed into the summit clash of the Asia Cup 2014 cricket tournament with a resounding 129-run bonus point win over minnows Afghanistan.
Opting to bat, the islanders rode on Kumar Sangakkara‘s patient 76 and skipper Angelo Mathews’ breezy 41-ball 45 to post a competitive 253/6 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
In reply, Afghanistan were bundled out for 124 in 38.4 overs, sealing Sri Lanka’s place in the final of the five-nation continental tournament, and further diminishing India’s chances.
India have lost two of their three matches and need to win with a bonus point against Afghanistan and hope that Bangladesh score an upset victory over Pakistan in their last respective round-robin matches. Sri Lanka are comfortably placed atop the table with 13 points from three games.
Afghanistan’s run-chase never really got the momentum as they lost wickets at regular intervals, slipping to 73 for five in the 21st over, PTI reported.