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Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the Asia Cup

Updated: 04 March 2016 22:37 IST - Published: 04 March 2016 18:02 IST
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So, Pakistan take the momentum ahead of the Word T20. But the Asia Cup isn't over yet! The big final remains to be played between the hosts Bangladesh, and the tournament favourites, India.
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"Credit to the captain, coaching staff and team management. Waqar showed me a motivational video before the match. That fired me up," says Akmal, the man of the match.
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"We showed today how good we are. Just need to have a little more self-belief," says Afridi, the Pakistani captain.
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"We were 10-15 runs short with the bat, and that's what made all the difference in the game," says Chandimal, the Lankan captain.
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Umar Akmal has been named as the man of the macth for his 48!
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Overall, a very good run chase by Pakistan. After the openers set things up, the middle order played its part brilliantly. Sri Lanka perhaps missed Malinga and Mathews, as their part-timers went for runs.
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Sharjeel Khan hit Dushmantha Chameera for 4 fours in an over to set the tempo of the innings, which was capitalized on by Malik, Sarfraz, and Akmal.
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Introduction of Jayasuriya in the powerplay overs cost SL dear, and so did handling another over to Siriwardana after he has picked up a wicket!
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Sri Lanka did well with the bat, put up their best performance of the tounrnament so far, but faltered this time with the ball!
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Pakistan make it comfortably in the end, as they win by 6 wickets. Once again, the middle order comprising of Malik, Sarfraz, and Akmal did the job, after a brief cameo by Sharjeel Khan.
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19.2 Perera to Malik, one run, ALMOST TAKEN! It was hit uppishly again, and the ball just popped out of the hands of the fielder at mid off. They take a single and Pakistan win!
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19.1 Perera to Malik, no run, yorker, Malik can do nothing about it
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18.6 Kulasekara to Akmal, OUT! Brilliant catch by Perera in the deep. Akmal, in pursuit of the win, hit it uppishly over mid on, but Perera at long on plucked the ball out of thin air at the long on fence, while he was still running
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18.5 Kulasekara to Akmal, SIX! Misses the yorker by an inch, and Akmal punishes him! he gets underneath the full ball and deposits it high and long over long on!
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18.4 Kulasekara to Malik, 1 run, another yorker outisde off, dug out towards lon on again
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18.3 Kulasekara to Akmal, 1 run, played towards long-on
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18.2 Kulasekara to Akmal, no run, yorker outside off, played towards mid-off
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18.1 Kulasekara to Malik, 1 run, towards long on
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Just 10 needed from 12 balls now!
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17.6 Chameera to Akmal, no run, played towards point
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17.5 Chameera to Akmal, FOUR! Full toss, hit perfectly through the covers and beats the fielder at deep cover!
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17.4 Chameera to Akmal, 2 runs, chipped in the air over mid off and lands safe in no man's land inside the long-off boundary
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17.3 Chameera to Akmal, no run, played towards mid-off
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17.2 Chameera to Akmal, FOUR! Byes! Slower ball, Akmal misses it, and wicketkeeper Dickwella misses it as well! The ball runs through for four between the keeper's hands
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17.2 Chameera to Akmal, WIDE! Just outside the white line!
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17.1 Chameera to Malik, 1 run, towards deep cover
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22 needed off 18 balls now! With two set batsmen, it should Pak's game!
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16.6 Kulasekara to Akmal, no run,. slower yorker at the base of the stumps. Dug out by Akmal!
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16.5 Kulasekara to Malik, 1 run, played towards long-on
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16.4 Kulasekara to Akmal, 1 run, low full toss, picked up and played towards the cow corner on the leg side
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16.3 Kulasekara to Malik, 1 run, played uppishly towards long on, but lands well short of the fielder there
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16.2 Kulasekara to Akmal, 1 run, towards long-on
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16.1 Kulasekara to Akmal, FOUR! Slower one, but picked up well by Akmal who hits it over covers for four
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30 needed off 24! Kulasekara is back!
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15.6 Chameera to Malik, no run, defended off the front foot
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15.5 Chameera to Malik, no run, slower ball, and beats Malik's outside edge. A leg cutter outisde off stump
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15.4 Chameera to Akmal, 1 run, cut behind point towards third man
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15.3 Chameera to Malik, 1 run, played fine towards third man behind point
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15.2 Chameera to Malik, no run, short ball, dabbed towards the pitch. He wanted a single, but was sent back by Akmal
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15.1 Chameera to Malik, no run, came back and beat Malik's inside edge
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Chameera brough back!
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19 runs from the 15th bowled by Siriwardana!
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14.6 Siriwardana to Akmal, FOUR! Is this the over that has decided the match? Akmal drives this one through the coves and beats the long on and deep cover fielders for another four!
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14.5 Siriwardana to Akmal, no run, played towards the bowler
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14.4 Siriwardana to Akmal, FOUR! Another short ball, pulled over midwicket again!
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14.3 Siriwardana to Akmal, SIX! Short ball, pulled over midwicket easily for another six!