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Imrul Kayes (left) and Mominul Haque added 150 runs for the first wicket to provide Bangladesh a rollicking start © AFP

 

Pakistan pulled off a thrilling three-wicket victory over hosts Bangladesh to storm into the finals of the Asia Cup 2014 cricket tournament, completely knocking India out of the title race.

 

Opener Ahmed Shehzad blasted a 123-ball 103 to set the foundation for a record chase but it was Shahid Afridi’s blistering 59 off 25 balls which helped Pakistan set up a summit clash against Sri Lanka.

 

With this victory, Pakistan grabbed four points to aggregate 13 with the help of three victories in four matches.

 

India, on the other hand, are currently with four points and even a win against Afghanistan tomorrow won’t be enough for Virat Kohli’s men to reach the finals.

 

Mohammad Hafeez (52) and Fawad Alam (74) too blasted scintillating half-centuries to help Pakistan overhaul Bangladesh’s record score of 326 for 3 in their stipulated 50 overs at the Shere Bangla National Stadium here.