Commentry

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That's it from us here. Do join us for the coverage of the 2nd match of the Asia Cup between Bangladesh and India tomorrow. Until then, good bye and take care.

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Man of the Match Lasith Malinga stays that at the moment he is not in the perfect rhythm but he would take the five wickets today. Adds that there was not much dew but there was variable bounce on the wicket. He put in his variations and got the wickets.

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Angelo Mathews says that they were 20 runs short while batting. The start that Thirimanne and Sangakkara gave them, they should have posted 325. Adds that Thirimanne is a great team man. He can bat anywhere and still score runs. Mentions that Malinga has been their best bowler, he delivers under pressure and he hands him the ball when in need.

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Misbah says that Umar Akmal batted really well with him, it was a crucial partnership and that they should have won the match. Adds that he played sensibly but his and Akmal's departures turned the match around. The way the pitch was playing they did really well to restrict Sri Lanka to 296 and that they should have really chased this total down.

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What a start to the Asia Cup! A thriller and Sri Lanka hold their nerves to edge out Pakistan. The Lions put on a competitive total on the board thanks to a century from Thirimanne and half-centuries from Sangakkara and Mathews. The Pakistan top order batsmen got starts but couldn't carry on. Misbah and Umar Akmal then then put them in a strong position with a brilliant 121-run stand. But the departure of Umar Akmal in the 43rd over proved to be the turning point. Misbah departed soon and then Malinga destroyed the lower order to power Sri Lanka to a victory.

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Lasith Malinga to Bilawal Bhatti

OUT! Sri Lanka win by 12 runs! Cracking yorker and Malinga removes Bhatti with a brute of a delivery! Yorker delivery on off, Bhatti backs away, looks to squeeze but misses, the ball disturbs the timber. Malinga is all pumped up. He gets his sixth five-for and also 250th ODI wicket.

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Lasith Malinga to Bilawal Bhatti

Good running! Low full toss on the pads, Bhatti clips it to fine leg and hares through for a couple. 13 needed off 8 balls now.

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Lasith Malinga to Junaid Khan

Fullish on the pads, Junaid flicks it to deep square leg for a single. 15 needed off 9 now!

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Junaid Khan is the new batsman.

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Lasith Malinga to Saeed Ajmal

OUT! Malinga gets his fourth! LBW! Yorker length delivery on the leg stump. Ajmal stays back and looks to clip but misses and gets hit on the boot. The umpire raises the finger on the appeal. It was hitting leg! The roller-coaster ride continues for both the teams.

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Lasith Malinga to Bilawal Bhatti

A tad full outside off, slower one. Bhatti mistimes his heave to deep square leg for a single.

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Suranga Lakmal to Saeed Ajmal

FOUR! Does not matter how they come! A tad wide outside off, Ajmal goes for a slash but gets a bottom edge past short third man for a boundary. 17 off the over. 17 needed off 12 balls now.

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Suranga Lakmal to Saeed Ajmal

FOUR! Edgy! Length delivery outside off, Ajmal shuffles and looks to scoop but it gets big on him, he takes his eyes off the ball, the ball takes the shoulder of the bat and files to fine leg for a boundary.

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Suranga Lakmal to Saeed Ajmal

Back of a length delivery outside off, Ajmal pulls it wide of mid-wicket for a couple. He didn't connect it well it seems.

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Suranga Lakmal to Bilawal Bhatti

Length delivery outside off, Bhatti drills it to mid off for a single.

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Suranga Lakmal to Bilawal Bhatti

A tad short on off, Bhatti pulls it wide of long on for a couple.

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Suranga Lakmal to Bilawal Bhatti

FOUR! Absolutely smashed! Fullish outside off, Bhatti just rams it through extra cover for a cracking boundary. 30 needed off 17 balls now!

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Lakmal back on.

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Lasith Malinga to Bilawal Bhatti

Length delivery outside off, a tad slower. Bhatti pushes it to cover-point for a single.

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Saeed Ajmal is the new batsman.

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