Sri Lanka’s clinical performance both with batting and bowling enabled them to lift the Asia Cup title for the fifth time and also end their losing streak at the finals. There were numerous decent performances from both the sides; here is a recap of five eye catching performances:
Lasith Malinga: “Slinger” Malinga swung the momentum in favour of Sri Lanka right from the beginning; he had Pakistan’s top three batsmen back in the hutch early on and then went on to take five- for. He took all the Pakistan wickets to fell and finished with match figures of 56-5 in ten overs.
Lahiru Thirimanne: Stylish Left hander scored his third ODI ton and his second in this Asia Cup. He played a sheet anchor role for Sri Lanka and made sure doesn’t threw his wicket away. He made 101 runs from 108 balls.
Mahela Jayawardene: Out of touch in this Asia Cup, but seems to have had saved his best for the final. Scored 75 in a way Mahela is known for and fabricated a match winning partnership of 156 runs for 3rd wicket with Lahiru Thirimanne.
Fawad Alam: Earlier in the day when Pakistan Top order collapsed, the left hander came to the rescue and nudged his way to unbeaten 114, his maiden ODI century. Fawad formed two crucial partnerships of Pakistan innings, first 122 runs for 4th wicket with skipper Misbah ul Haq and then 115 runs with makeshift wicketkeeper/batsman Umar Akmal for 5th wicket.
Saed Ajmal: The modern day magician with the ball looked contrasting from rest of Pakistan bowlers. Ajmal looked threatening when he took two wickets of consecutive balls including the prized scalp of Kumara Sangakkara and almost won Pakistan a match there, but he could not find much support from the other end and finished with match figures of 10 overs, two maidens and 26 for 3.