Asia Cup: Pakistan beats Sri Lanka by six wickets

By AFP
Published: March 15, 2012

Misbah-ul-Haq acknowledges the crowd after scoring a half century (50 runs). PHOTO: AFP

Misbah-ul-Haq acknowledges the crowd after scoring a half century (50 runs). PHOTO: AFP Pakistan's team captain Misbah-ul-Haq (L) talks to teammate Umar Akmal (R). PHOTO: AFP Kumar Sangakkara (71) and Upul Tharanga (57) hit half-centuries for Sri Lanka. PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA: Pakistan won its match against Sri Lanka on Thursday, making it the team’s second victory in the Asia Cup after beating Bangladesh on March 11.

Captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal saw Pakistan through after openers Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed faltered for 11 and 18 runs, respectively.

Chasing 189, the skipper scored 72 (93 balls) while Akmal scored 77 (72 balls). Sri Lanka’s RAS Lakmal was the pick of the bowlers, taking two wickets.

Earlier Sri Lanka were bowled out for 188 after electing to bat against Pakistan.

Kumar Sangakkara (71) and Upul Tharanga (57) hit half-centuries for Sri Lanka, while paceman Aizaz Cheema took four wickets and off-spinner Saeed Ajmal took three for Pakistan in the day-night match.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Zavia
    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:09PM

    WOW. Keep it up Guyz..

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  • Abdul Qayyum Bhatti
    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:10PM

    Congratulations

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  • smj
    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:13PM

    Misbah took took made 72 in 93 balls :-)

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  • shahzad anis
    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:14PM

    Captain courageous led the way with a superb knock which all the foreign commentators recognised but sadly our own public continue to belittle and ridicule misbah. it is a reflection on the haters themselves that they continue to hate a man who has given his all for pakistan.He is not flamboyant,nor is he in the media all the time but he gets the job done consistently.

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  • abudl moiz
    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:16PM

    Great victory for pakistan.Great innings by the captain.

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  • tuc tuc tuc
    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:17PM

    tuk..tuk…tuk ..SIX..FOUR…tuc tuc tuc tuc…FOUR….189…CONGRATULATIONS!!! LOL

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  • Khuldun
    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:19PM

    Misbah ul Haq Zindabaad! He silenced his critics with the bat; what a thorough professional and a decent gentleman!

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  • ProudPakistani
    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:20PM

    congratulation!!!!….
    Where are Misbah’s Haters now???

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  • ProudPakistani
    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:23PM

    Welldone Misbah & team…
    Get ready India….Lions have started to roar..!!

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  • Mar 15, 2012 - 8:47PM

    Easy target

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  • Sajjad
    Mar 15, 2012 - 9:18PM

    Misbah can make 100 if the formate is prolonged for another fifty overs :)Recommend

  • well-wisher
    Mar 15, 2012 - 9:25PM

    @ProudPakistani:
    It is going to be a test between the strong bowling attack of Pakistan vs strong batting line up of India. May the best team wins.

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  • Mar 15, 2012 - 9:29PM

    India Pakistan final in the Asia Cup? Sounds tempting

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  • Ali
    Mar 15, 2012 - 9:51PM

    Well done , misbah, but we want u to go out after asia cup

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  • hopeful bengali...
    Mar 15, 2012 - 10:01PM

    @Tribune Reader:
    if bangladesh can defeat India and Srilanka then it might be Pak v Bangladesh in finals…..
    remember we are at home………..!!!!!!!

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  • Yash
    Mar 15, 2012 - 11:19PM

    congratulations pakistan…just cant wait to see india vs pakistan….only rivalry that beats this one is tom n jerry…wooohoooooooooooooooo

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  • Pakistani
    Mar 15, 2012 - 11:25PM

    Hamain to apnon ne loota, ghairon main kahan dam tha

    Stop badmouthing the Captian, my Captain! He is an awesome player, can you (the rest of the Pakistanis :P) see??

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  • Bangladeshi
    Mar 15, 2012 - 11:50PM

    Who ever goes to the final, I just want India to lose miserably. Congrats to PAK, may be we
    will ruin the PAK dream of having a final with INDIA by beating INDIA today.

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  • Adeel
    Mar 16, 2012 - 12:41AM

    We beat your little brothers (SL and BD) now we are coming for YOU India!!

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  • Munir Ahmad Saeed
    Mar 16, 2012 - 2:38AM

    @Bangladeshi:
    Pak has played against India many times, I think Final with Bangladesh, at home ground with suopporting crowd, it will test the nerves of both teams, wish goodluck for BD team against India.

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  • Raj
    Mar 16, 2012 - 2:50AM

    This match was fixed, Pakistan was paid to win this match.

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  • FAN
    Mar 16, 2012 - 7:40AM

    well done captain tuk tuk… ;-)

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  • Cosmo
    Mar 16, 2012 - 9:57AM

    @Raj:
    No u r wrong, BCCI, the cricket board of zionists fixed this match! Now Indian team should b banned.

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  • Real Bangladeshi
    Mar 16, 2012 - 11:22AM

    @Bangladeshi: sorry but we bangladeshi hate pakistanis not Indians

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