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Malinga five-for clinches triumph over Pakistan

Update : 25 Feb 2014, 02:57 PM

A devastating spell of Sri Lankan paceman Lasith Malinga demolished Pakistan from a vantage position.

Sri Lanka made a good start on the Asia Cup 2014 beating defending champion Pakistan by 12 runs at Fatullah Stadium on Tuesday.

Pakistan's tail end crumbled against good blowling and fielding of Sri Lanka.

Suranga Lakmal got the vital wicket of Umar Akmal after he made a brilliant run a ball 121. Chandimal took a blinder to get rid off hard hitting Afridi and Malinga picked up Misbah to tilt the balance on his side.

Chasing a substantial 297 in stipulated 50 overs, Pakistan lost 4 wickets within 25 overs and got behind the asking rate as well. However, skipper Misbah-Ul-Haq and stylish Umar Akmal tried a partnership to keep their side en route to the victory.

Pakistan requires another 102 runs off 78 balls with six wickets in hand till the report.  

Earlier Sri Lanka scored 296 runs and lost six wickets in their innings after choosing to bat after winning the toss against Pakistan.

Lankan opener Thirimanne scored an impressive ton and made a partnership of 157 with ace batsman Kumar Sangakkara.

Bangladesh is hosting the coveted tournament for consecutive times and this time tournament inaugurated at Fatullah Stadium in Narayanganj on Tuesday.

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