Commentry

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That's it for our coverage of this match. Do join us for the next Asia Cup game which will be tomorrow at 1900 IST. UAE will once again be on the park and they take on tournament hosts Bangladesh. Until then, it's goodbye from us.

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LASITH MALINGA (MAN OF THE MATCH) reveals that he hasn't fully recovered from his injury. Admits that he is struggling a bit (when asked about limping towards the end). States that he wanted to play the game to help the youngsters of his team. Adds that he always tries his best with the ball and is happy with the success. Opines that the youngsters in the side have a bright future and need to be given time. Says that it is difficult to replace legends like Sangakkara and expressed hope in the young talents of his side.

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AMJAD JAVED feels that the whole game was excellent for his side. Says they did well with the ball to restrict Sri Lanka to a low total. Adds that with the bat, despite a bad start, his side tried well to come back into the game. Opines that losing too many wickets early on cost his side eventually. Ends saying he doesn't feel that the loss will hamper his team morale and insists that UAE did put up a really good fight.

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The lower order tried their best to get an inch closer but were always away from it. The new bowling unit with help from the likes of Malinga and Kulasekara made it a tough task for the chasing side. The contest got to the final over as the lower order did some late firing. As we said, they kept losing wickets and were running themselves out of the contest. Finally the winning streak gets over here for UAE and SL open their account in this Asia Cup. Good win but lots to learn from this game when they next meet the dark horse (Bangladesh).

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Close shave for the Lankans! Chasing 130 seemed an easy task for the newly qualified UAE, but losing 4 wickets in the first 2 overs shut down the chase early. They never looked in the game as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were finding it difficult to score boundaries. The star-studded batting unit looked like rookies and played amateur strokes to get out.

19.6
1

Angelo Mathews to

THAT'S IT THEN! Full and outside off, Raza digs it out to the covers for a single. SRI LANKA WIN BY 14 RUNS.

19.5
2

Angelo Mathews to

Short of a length outside off, makes room and slaps it with a flat bat over the bowler's head down the ground for a brace.

19.4
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Angelo Mathews to Qadeer Ahmed

Bye! Good length outside off, Qadeer has a swing at that one but misses. They sneak a bye.

19.3
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Angelo Mathews to

Slower ball outside off, steps out to that one and slaps it to the covers.

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Mathews to finish the over.

19.3
2
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Dushmantha Chameera to Qadeer Ahmed

No ball! WHOA! POOR BOWLING! High full toss on middle and leg, Qadeer fends it awkwardly to the leg side. Too high and a no ball given. Chameera is out of the attack as he bowled 2 beamers. Another Free Hit coming up.

19.2
1

Dushmantha Chameera to

Low full toss outside off, makse room and slaps it past the covers for a single.

19.1
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Dushmantha Chameera to Qadeer Ahmed

Yorker on middle and leg, Qadeer digs it out down the ground to long on for a single.

19.1
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Dushmantha Chameera to Qadeer Ahmed

No ball! ERRATIC! Full toss down the leg side, too high and Chandimal cannot reach it. It goes down to the fine leg fence. Five runs taken and now a Free Hit coming up. 24 needed off 6 now.

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CHAMEERA to bowl the final over.

18.6
2

Lasith Malinga to

Slow and tad off, batsman cuts it late to third man. Great execution allows a brace.

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QADEER AHMED is the last man in to bat.

18.5
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Lasith Malinga to

OUT! MALINGA HAS ANOTHER! Fuller and outside off, Naveed makse room to carve it away on the off side but lobs it high to the covers where Mathews coolly settles under it. What a comeback match it has been for Malinga! This is his 4th wicket as UAE sink further. Just 1 wicket stands between Sri Lanka and a win.

18.4
0

Lasith Malinga to

Full and outside off, late swing. Batsman goes for a smash over the covers but misses it.

18.3
0

Lasith Malinga to

Full and in the channel, defends it.

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