Sri Lanka made an early breakthrough © AFP (File photo)
Sri Lanka made an early breakthrough © AFP (File photo)


Feb 25, 2014


Sharjeel Khan fell after a quick start as Pakistan reached 34 for one after seven overs, in their chase of 297 against Sri Lanka in the opening match of the Asia Cup 2014 tournament.


Sharjeel slammed four boundaries and a six off spinner Sachithra Senanayake in a bid to provide his side an inspired start in the huge chase, but on the first ball of the seventh over, mistimed a pull and was caught by Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews off Suranga Lakmal.


Pakistan need further 263 runs to win from 43 overs.


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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