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Cricket: Sri Lanka gear up for Asia Cup final with win over Bangladesh

Sri Lanka battled hard to beat hosts Bangladesh by three wickets in the final league match of the Asia Cup in Dhaka on Thursday, reaching the final with a perfect record. Sri Lanka, who will meet defending champions Pakistan in the final on Saturday, restricted Bangladesh to 204-9 before overcoming early jitters to chase down the target in 49 overs. The four-time champions won all their four matches, this time with some tight bowling and resilient batting led by skipper Angelo Mathews, who hit an unbeaten 74.

Cricket: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka Asia Cup scoreboard

Scoreboard after Bangladesh's innings in the Asia Cup match against Sri Lanka played at Sher-e-Bangla stadium on Thursday. Bangladesh: Anamul Haque c Thirimanne b Priyanjan 49 Shamsur Rahman lbw b Mendis 39 Mominul Haque b Mendis 1 Mushfiqur Rahim lbw b de Silva 4 Shakib Al Hasan c Mathews b Priyanjan 20 Nasir Hossain c Jayawardene b Lakmal 30 Mohammad Mahmudullah b Lakmal 30 Ziaur Rahman b Thisara 12

Cricket: Sri Lanka thump Afghanistan to reach Asia Cup final

Four-time champions Sri Lanka thumped newcomers Afghanistan by 129 runs to reach the final of the Asia Cup in Dhaka on Monday. The Islanders scored a challenging 253-6 with in-form Kumar Sangakkara hitting a solid 76 before they bowled their rivals out for a paltry 124 in 38.4 overs. Sri Lanka won all their three matches to gain 12 points, leaving them to play a meaningless last game against hosts Bangladesh on Thursday before having a tilt at the title.

Cricket: Sri Lanka bat against Pakistan in Asia Cup opener

Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in the opening match of the Asia Cup one-day tournament in Fatullah on Tuesday. Sri Lanka, fresh from victories in the preceding Test, one-day and Twenty20 series against Bangladesh, were without the injured trio of opener Tillakaratne Dilshan, seamer Nuwan Kulasekara and spinner Rangana Herath. Sri Lanka handed an international debut to Chaturanga de Silva, a 24-year-old all-rounder who bats left-handed and bowls left-arm spin.

Cricket: Sri Lanka bat against Pakistan in Asia Cup opener

Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in the opening match of the Asia Cup one-day tournament in Fatullah on Tuesday. Sri Lanka, fresh from victories in the preceding Test, one-day and Twenty20 series against Bangladesh, were without the injured trio of opener Tillakaratne Dilshan, seamer Nuwan Kulasekara and spinner Rangana Herath. Sri Lanka handed an international debut to Chaturanga de Silva, a 24-year-old all-rounder who bats left-handed and bowls left-arm spin.

Cricket: Perera leads Sri Lanka to ODI win over Bangladesh

Thisara Perera's brilliant counter-attack inspired Sri Lanka to a 13-run victory over Bangladesh in the first one-day international in Dhaka on Monday, giving the tourists the lead in the three-match series. Perera smashed an unbeaten 80 off 57 balls to lift the tourists from a hopeless 67-8 in the 22nd over to 180 all out after Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field. Sensing an opening, Sri Lanka hit back to bowl out the hosts for 167 in the 40th over of the rain-curtailed match at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

Cricket: Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh in T20 thriller

Thisara Perera removed danger man Anamul Haque off the final ball to hand Sri Lanka a dramatic two-run victory over Bangladesh in the first Twenty20 international in Chittagong on Wednesday. Sri Lanka, the world's top-ranked Twenty20 side, made 168-7 after being sent in to bat and then restricted Bangladesh to 166-7 to take the lead in the two-match series. With Bangladesh needing 17 runs from the final over, Anamul smashed 14 runs off the first five deliveries, but then gave Perera a return catch with the last ball.

Cricket: Sri Lanka make 168-7 in Bangladesh T20

Opener Kusal Perera top-scored with 64 off 44 balls to steer Sri Lanka to 168-7 in the first Twenty20 international against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Wednesday. The left-hander hit seven boundaries and a six, but found little support from the rest of the top order after the tourists were sent in to bat at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium. Sri Lanka were reduced to 120-6 in the 15th over, before Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera boosted the total with a seventh-wicket partnership of 44 from 31 balls.

Cricket: Sri Lanka win toss, opt to bat in must win game

Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and opted to bat in the fourth one-day international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Pakistan, who lead the series 2-1, remained unchanged from the side which won the third match in Sharjah by 113 runs on Sunday. Sri Lanka made three changes from the last match, bringing in Kithruwan Vithanage, Ashan Priyanjan and Suranga Lakmal in place of Dimuth Karunaratne, Thisara Perera and Seekkuge Prasanna. Pakistan won the first match by 11 runs in Sharjah while Sri Lanka won the second in Dubai by two wickets.

Cricket: Gul in as Pakistan bat in third ODI

Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and sent Pakistan in to bat in the third one-day international in Sharjah on Sunday. Pakistan brought in recalled paceman Umar Gul for Sohail Tanvir after the right-arm paceman was flown in as cover for Junaid Khan, who was also fit to play. Gul, 29, plays his first match since undergoing a knee operation in May this year. Sri Lanka remained unchanged from the side which won the second match in Dubai by two wickets on Friday.
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