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Jun 16, 2010

Asia Cup: Sri lanka won Pakistan by 16 runs

Lasith Malinga get 5 wickets as defending champions Sri Lanka stunned Pakistan by 16 runs in the opening match of the Asia Cup.

Shahid AfridiSkipper Shahid Afridi's 1st ODI century in last five years was in vain as Sri Lanka, restricted to 242-9, bowled out Pakistan for 226 in 47 overs.

The Pakistan skipper, who came in to bat with his side under pressure at 32-4, smashed 109 off 76 balls to leave the team needing just 38 runs off the last 56 balls with four wickets in hand.

Afridi, obviously uncomfortable at the crease due to leg cramps, was caught behind off Muttiah Muralitharan, triggering a dramatic collapse.

Malinga bowled Mohammad Aamer, had Shoaib Akhtar caught at mid-off and then yorked last man Mohammad Asif to finish with his best ODI figures.

Afridi hits eight fours and 7 sixes in his 5th ODI hundred, the first since making 102 versus India at Kanpur on April 15, 2005.

Shoaib AkhtarEarlier, fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar made an impressive come back to international cricket with 3-41 from 10 overs in his first game for Pakistan since May last year after recovering from a knee injury.

Sri Lanka slipped to 36-2 by the ninth over, before Captain Kumar Sangakkara (42) and Mahela Jayawardene (54) put on 83 for the 3rd wicket.

All-rounder Angelo Mathews hits an unbeaten 55 off 61 balls to help the defending champions set a challenging target under lights after they were reduced to 168-7 by the 37th over.

Match Summary

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first

Sri: 242/9 50 Over

Mathews 55
Jayawardene 54

Akhtar 3/41
Aamer 2/57

Pak: 226 all out 47 Over

Afridi 109
U Akmal 30

Malinga 5/34

Man of the Match: Shahid Afridi

Asia Cup 2010, Schedule

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