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Malinga bowls Sri Lanka to tight win
An inspired spell of death bowling by Lasith Malinga gave Sri Lanka a thrilling 12 run win against Pakistan in their Asia Cup opener in Fatullah.
Four times Asia Cup winners, Sri Lanka, set a decent total up front of 296/6 off their allotted 50 overs, Thirimanne (102) with his second one-day hundred providing the platform for the inform Sangakkara (66) and Angelo Mathews (55) to make valuable contributions towards the middle and the end of the Sri Lankan innings,.
In reply Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals however a 5th wicket stand between Mishbah (73) and Umar Akmal (74) kept Pakistan within touching distance of the required rate until Lakmal got the all important breakthrough, dismissing Akmal and providing Malinga center stage to finish off proceedings in typical Malinga fashion.
Malinga first sent the dangerous Mishbah back to the pavilion and then followed it up with the equally important wicket of Shahid Afridi before polishing off the tail with precision fast and straight bowling that we have become accustom to from Malinga in the shorter version of the game.
Bangladesh take on India tomorrow in the second match of the Asia Cup at the same venue.