Fiji Time: 8:26 AM on Tuesday 19 December

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Former champions make Asia Cup cricket final

Aap
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

DHAKA - Four-time champions Sri Lanka have thumped newcomers Afghanistan by 129 runs to reach the final of the Asia Cup in Dhaka.

The Islanders scored a challenging 6-253 with in-form Kumar Sangakkara hitting a solid 76 before they bowled their rivals out for a paltry 124 in 38.4 overs.

Sri Lanka won all their three matches to gain 12 points, leaving them to play a meaningless last game against hosts Bangladesh tomorrow before having a tilt at the title.

Afghanistan, who gave a good account of themselves by beating Bangladesh by 32 runs in their second match, found Sri Lanka's pace-cum spin attack too hot to handle and only captain Mohammad Nabi (37), Asghar Stanikzai (27) and Noor Ali Zadran (21) were among the run takers.

Nabi hit a six and three boundaries off 43 balls before he fell leg-before to spinner Chaturanga de Silva in the 33rd over.

Mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis took 3-11 in his seven overs while Thisara Perera chipped in with 3-29 in his full quota of ten overs.

Paceman Suranga Lakmal (2-30) and left-armer de Silva fetched 2-29 to complete the rout.

Only Nabi and Najibullah Zadran (11) could stay longer to put 48 runs for the sixth wicket before Afghanistan lost their last five wickets for a mere three runs.

Pakistan meet hosts Bangladesh today and need to win to meet Sri Lanka in Saturday's final.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63080.6118
JPY 55.771352.7713
GBP 0.36670.3587
EUR 0.41730.4053
NZD 0.70640.6734
AUD 0.64330.6183
USD 0.49180.4748

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 18th, December, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 'Lockout', not strike
  2. 'No faith' in Mani
  3. 'No pay rise'
  4. The good, the bad, the referees
  5. SODELPA clears the air
  6. New ferry makes first local voyage
  7. Human trafficking
  8. Investigations in progress, two officers suspended
  9. ATS lockout: Staff await outcome of discussions
  10. DIY Christmas tree

Top Stories this Week

  1. 'Daylight robbery' Wednesday (13 Dec)
  2. Ravai tells all Saturday (16 Dec)
  3. Youngster pens letter to Donald Trump Sunday (17 Dec)
  4. Joy turns into sorrow Friday (15 Dec)
  5. Shattered Tuesday (12 Dec)
  6. Two become One Sunday (17 Dec)
  7. Cheika rates Fiji Wednesday (13 Dec)
  8. Locked out Sunday (17 Dec)
  9. Kalouniwai: Fiji soldiers not affected Wednesday (13 Dec)
  10. Tabuya denial Tuesday (12 Dec)