KARACHI: Sri Lanka booked a final showdown with Pakistan in the South West Asia Cup after recording a convincing 15-0 win over Iran in the event underway in Lahore.
Sri Lanka outplayed their lacklustre opponents with an aggressive display, hitting nine home runs in the first-innings, three in the third and fifth-innings.
Sri Lanka will now play Pakistan in the final on March 28. Both teams also made their way into the Asian Baseball Championship that will take place in October and will feature Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and China.
“It’s going to be an exciting match and both Sri Lanka and Pakistan will give their best,” Pakistan coach Hwang Hoon Dong told The Express Tribune.
“There won’t be any pressure as both teams have already qualified for the Asian Championship. I’m just thrilled that our team hasn’t lost a single game. We knew it will come down to Pakistan and Sri Lanka like it did last year in the SAARC Cup.”
Sri Lanka take on Afghanistan in their last round match today.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 26th, 2012.