Asia Cup: Malinga's fifer guides Sri Lanka to 12-run win over Pakistan
Lasith Malinga took 5/52 as Sri Lanka bundled out Pakistan for 284 to win by 12 runs in Fatullah.
Lasith Malinga took 5/52 as Sri Lanka bundled out Pakistan for 284 to win by 12 runs in Fatullah. (AP/AFP)
Umar Gul struck early to remove Kusal Perera.
Lahiru Thirimanne was looking in good touch at the other end.
Kumar Sangakkara hit 67 as he added 161 runs for the 2nd wicket with Thirimanne.
Thirimanne soon reached his hundred off 107 balls.
Umar Gul struck a vital blow to remove Sangakkara as Pakistan came back in the middle overs.
But skipper Angelo Mathews' 55 not out saw the Lankans through to 296/6.
The Sri Lankan bowlers struck at crucial stages to stem the flow of runs for Pakistan.
Misbah-ul-Haq hirt a valiant 73 as Pakistan looked in with a chance.
Umar Akmal top-socred for Pakistan with 74, but once Misbah and he fell, it was downhill for the defending champions.
Lasith Malinga struck wil fivwe wickets to wrap up the tail in the penultimate over as Sri Lanka started off the tournament with a win.