Afghanistan vs. Sri Lanka, Asia Cup ODI: Video Highlights, Scorecard and Report

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Afghanistan vs. Sri Lanka, Asia Cup ODI: Video Highlights, Scorecard and Report
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Sri Lanka booked their place in the final of the 2014 Asia Cup with a confident 129-run win over Afghanistan.

Fresh off a pulsating victory over Bangladesh, the minnows competed hard with the ball, restricting Sri Lanka to 254-6 from their 50 overs. However, their batting was badly exposed in Dhaka, as they slumped to 124 all out.

The win means Sri Lanka will definitely contest the Asia Cup final, with the odds in Pakistan's favour of being the team to join them.

Afghanistan vs. Sri Lanka, Asia Cup ODI Scorecard
Sri Lanka Innings
Batsman Dismissal Bowler Runs Mins Balls
K Perera b Ashraf 33 63 49
Thirimanne b S Zadran 5 19 16
Sangakkara run out (Nabi) 76 136 102
M Jayawardene c Nabi b Ashraf 14 26 14
Chandimal b Hotak 26 60 41
Mathews not out 45 68 41
de Silva c Ashraf b Zadran 17 19 16
T Perera not out 19 44 23
Extras 6nb 6w 0b 6lb 18
Total for 6 253 (50.0 ovs)
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
N Zadran 3.0 0 9 0
S Zadran 9.0 1 46 1
Zadran 9.2 0 60 1
Ashraf 8.0 1 29 2
Nabi 6.4 1 23 0
Hotak 7.0 1 43 1
Shenwari 4.0 0 20 0
Mangal 3.0 0 17 0
Afghanistan Innings
Batsman Dismissal Bowler Runs Mins Balls
Shehzad b Lakmal 7 8 7
Ali c de Silva b A Mendis 21 51 41
Stanikzai b T Perera 27 30 34
Mangal c Sangakkara b T Perera 4 14 13
Shenwari c Thirimanne b Lakmal 6 21 19
Nabi lbw b de Silva 37 63 43
N Zadran c Mathews b T Perera 11 42 35
Ashraf c T Perera b de Silva 1 27 18
Hotak lbw b A Mendis 1 11 14
Zadran b A Mendis 0 5 8
S Zadran not out 0 3 0
Extras 0nb 7w 0b 2lb 9
Total for 10 124 (38.4 ovs)
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Malinga 5.0 0 23 0
Lakmal 7.0 2 30 2
T Perera 10.0 2 29 3
de Silva 9.4 1 29 2
A Mendis 7.0 2 11 3

BBC

It was Sri Lanka's choice to bat, and despite an early breakthrough when Shapoor Zadran bowled Lahiru Thirimanne, Kumar Sangakkara and Kusal Perera steadied the ship.

Sangakkara was patient for his 102-ball 76, but it proved exactly what his team required, and helped him break a record in the process:

Afghanistan kept in the hunt with wickets to stop the scoreboard getting out of control, but an enterprising 45 from 41 from skipper Angelo Mathews pushed Sri Lanka beyond the 250 mark.

Afghanistan's chase began well enough with a partnership between Asghar Stanikzai and Noor Ali Zadran taking the associate nation to 53-1 in good time. However, once Thisara Perera bested Stanikzai (27) with a full delivery that rocked back the off stump, there was no way back.

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Mohammad Nabi (37 from 41) offered the most resistance, but the wickets kept tumbling.

Mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis had the pick of the figures (7-2-11-3), but the wickets were shared around as Sri Lanka coasted to a bonus point victory.

They now have Bangladesh to face in what is effectively a dead rubber before the final, while Afghanistan's tournament concludes with a showpiece clash against world champions India. 

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