Written by Staff Writer
09 Mar, 2014 | 10:21 am
Sri Lanka’s magnificent triumph by five wickets is their second in three Asia Cup finals against Pakistan. Sri Lanka had won by five wickets at Colombo (SSC) on April 6, 1986 before losing by 39 runs at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka on June 7, 2000.
Sri Lanka have won nine ODIs in succession between December 27, 2013 and March 8, 2014. They remain the only Test team to have won all ODIs (eight in succession) in 2014.
Overall, Sri Lanka have won seven finals out of 13 contested against Pakistan in ODIs (lost six).
Fawad Alam (114 not out off 134 balls) has registered his career-best score – his maiden century in ODIs. Alam has posted three fifty-plus innings in succession at the Asia Cup – 63 not out vs Hong Kong at Karachi on June 24, 2008; 74 vs Bangladesh at Dhaka on March 4, 2014 and 114 not out vs Sri Lanka at Dhaka on March 8, 2014.
Alam’s innings is the highest by a Pakistani batsman at the Asia Cup final, bettering Saeed Anwar’s 82 vs Sri Lanka at Dhaka on June 7, 2000.
Alam is the fourth Pakistan batsman to have registered a hundred in a losing cause in the tournament finals – the first three being Basit Ali (vs West Indies at Sharjah in the Pepsi Champions Trophy final on November 5,1993), Saeed Anwar and Ijaz Ahmed (both in the same match vs. India in the Silver Jubilee Independence Cup on January 18, 1998.
Misbah-ul-Haq (65) has posted his tenth fifty vs Sri Lanka – his 37th in ODis. The said innings is his 22nd fifty as captain in ODIs.
For the first time, Misbah has recorded three successive fifties vs Sri Lanka in ODIs – 51 at Abu Dhabi on December 27, 2013; 73 at Fatullah on February 25, 2014 and 65 at Dhaka on March 8, 2014.
Misbah’s aforesaid innings is his highest score and the second fifty in the tournament finals – the first being 50 off 74 balls vs Australia in the PSO Tri-nation Tournament at Nairobi (Gym.) on September 7, 2002.
Of his five fifties at the Asia Cup, Misbah has registered four vs Sri Lanka – his highest being 76 vs Sri Lanka at Karachi on June 29, 2008.
Misbah and Fawad Alam have shared a stand of 122 – Pakistan’s fourth century stand for the fourth wicket at the Asia Cup – the highest being 152 between Misbah and Umar Akmal vs Sri Lanka at Dhaka on March 15, 2012. The said partnership is the second highest for Pakistan for the fourth wicket at the Asia Cup.
For the first time in an ODI, Lasith Malinga has captured the first five wickets to fall in an innings.
Malinga’s third five-wicket haul vs Pakistan is his seventh in ODIs. He has produced all three five-wicket hauls at the Asia Cup against Pakistan.
For the first time in his ODI career, Malinga has recorded two five-wicket hauls in a competition/series – 5/52 at Fatullah on February 25, 2014 and 5/56 at dhaka on March 8, 2014.
In his last three ODIs vs Pakistan, Malinga has claimed 14 wickets – the sequence being 4 for 57 at Abu Dhabi; 5 for 52 and 5 for 56 (as above).
Malinga is the second Sri Lankan bowler to bag five wickets or more in an innings in an Asia Cup final – the first being Ajantha Mendis – 6 for 13 vs India at Karachi on July 6, 2008.
Apart from Malinga and Mendis performing the feat in an Asia Cup final, three other Sri Lankan bowlers have captured five wickets in a final – Muttiah Muralitharan (twice), Sanath Jayasuriya and Chaminda Vaas
Malinga’s third Man of the Match award against Pakistan is his seventh in ODIs. The said award is his first in an ODI final.
Kumar Sangakkara’s third duck vs Pakistan is his 14th in ODIs.
Umar Akmal’s 19th fifty in ODIs is his seventh against Sri Lanka. He enjoys superb record against Sri Lanka, aggregating 749 in 20 innings at an average of 53.50, including a hundred.
Three times in an innings for Pakistan, number four, five and six have registered fifty-plus scores.
Lahiru Thirimanne (101) has recorded his third hundred in ODIs – his second against Pakistan. His first hundred in ODIs was 102 not out vs Australia at Adelaide on January 13, 2013.
Thirimanne’s aforesaid innings is his second highest against Pakistan, next only to the 102 at Fatullah on February 25, 2014. He is the first Sri Lankan player to register two hundreds in an ODI series against Pakistan.
Thirimanne is the third Sri Lankan player to post a hundred in an Asia Cup final – the first two being Sanath Jayasuriya – 125 vs India at Karachi on July 6, 2008 and Marvan Atapattu – 100 vs Pakistan at Dhaka on June 7, 2000.
The top run-getters in the Asia Cup 2013-14 are Thirimanne (279), Umar Akmal (253) and Kumar Sangakkara (248).
Thirimanne has got his first player of the series award in ODIs.
Since posting 107 vs India at Kingston on July 2, 2013, Mahela Jayawardene (75) has registered his first fifty in fourteen innings.
Jayawardene’s tenth fifty vs Pakistan is his 71st in ODIs.
Jayawardene has recorded seven fifties at the Asia Cup. His 75 is his second highest score at the Asia Cup, next only to the 78 vs India at Dhaka on March 13, 2012.
Thirimanne and Jayawardene were involved in a stand of 156 – Sri Lanka’s highest third-wicket partnership in a final, eclipsing the 153 between Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva vs Pakistan in the Pepsi Independence Cup at Mohali on May 24, 1997.
The aforesaid partnership is Sri Lanka’s highest for any wicket in an Asia Cup final – the second highest overall, next only to the 175 (unbroken) for the third wicket between Mohammad Azharuddin and Navjot Singh Sidhu for India against Sri Lanka at Sharjah on April 14, 1995.
The 156-run partnership is Sri Lanka’s highest for the third wicket at the Asia Cup.
Saeed Ajmal (3/26) has produced his best bowling performance at the Asia Cup, bettering the 3 for 27 vs Sri Lanka at Dhaka on March 15, 2012.
Ajmal has captured 25 wickets (ave.19.40) in twelve matches. He is the third bowler to complete 25 wickets at the Asia Cup, joining Muttiah Muralitharan (30) and Ajantha Mendis (26).
Malinga (11 wickets at 17.18) and Ajmal (11 at 18.36) are the leading wicket-takers in the Asia Cup 2013-14.
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