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Sri Lanka stun Pakistan in Asia Cup opener

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 February, 2014, 12:39am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 February, 2014, 12:39am
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Lahiru Thirimanne notched a century in his new role as opening batsman and Lasith Malinga claimed five wickets in his last three overs to spur Sri Lanka to a 12-run victory over defending champion Pakistan in the Asia Cup cricket opener on Tuesday.

Thirimanne’s 102 off 110 balls lifted Sri Lanka to a competitive 296-6 with Kumar Sangakkara (67) and captain Angelo Mathews (55 not out) also scoring valuable half centuries.

Malinga led Sri Lanka’s stunning comeback with 5-52 after Suranga Lakmal delivered the breakthrough by having Umar Akmal caught behind for 74 to end a threatening 121-run stand.

Malinga dismissed Shahid Afridi for four and captain Misbah-ul-Haq for 73 in one over before mopping up the tail in his next two overs.

Pakistan were all out for 284 with seven balls to spare.