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Sri Lanka wins Asia Cup

Monday, March 10, 2014

DHAKA - Opener Lahiru Thirimanne hit a magnificent century to help Sri Lanka thump Pakistan by five wickets to regain the Asia Cup one-day cricket title in Dhaka yesterday.

The left-hander notched 101 for his third one-day hundred to anchor Sri Lanka's successful chase of a 261-run target in 46.2 overs for his country's fifth Asia Cup at Dhaka's Shere Bangla stadium.

Thirimanne, who also scored a hundred in the tournament's opening match against the same opponents, hit 13 boundaries during his 108-ball knock and steadied the chase during a solid 156-run third-wicket partnership with veteran team-mate Mahela Jayawardene, who made 75.

Thirimanne, who reached his hundred with a single off Khan, was finally bowled by main spin weapon Saeed Ajmal who finished with 3-26.

Sri Lanka had also won the Asia Cup in 1986, 1997, 2004 and 2008.

"We wanted to break the barrier between us and finals," said skipper Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka's failure to win the World Cup finals of 2007 and 2011 and the Twenty20 finals of 2009 and 2012.

"The credit goes to the whole team. It was a very good run chase and big victory not only for me but for the whole team," said Mathews whose team won all the five matches in the event.

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