Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2014 final at Mirpur
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Sri Lankan players pose with the trophy after winning the 2014 Asia Cup © AFP
It was a comprehensive performance from Sri Lanka as they lifted fifth Asia Cup; their first since 2008. WhileLasith Malinga led the way by picking all five wickets earlier in the day, it was a convincing performance fromLahiru Thirimanne that sealed the deal for his side. It was Malinga’s second consecutive five-for and Thirimanne’s second consecutive century against Pakistan as Sri Lanka beat the defending champions in both their encounters of this edition.
Chasing 261 for victory, Sri Lanka may have felt a bit jittery when Saeed Ajmal rocked them in the 11th over with twin strikes, but then Mahela Jayawardene joined Thirimanne in the middle set the platform for a five-wicket victory. Jayawardene had been out of form earlier in the tournament and needed an innings if substance. It came at the right time as he crossed fifty after 13 One-Day International (ODI) innings. While Thirimanne was the more attacking batsman, Jayawardene started slowly and then accelerated.