An unbeaten 114 from Fawad Alam and a quick fired 59 off 42 balls from Umar Akmal helped Pakistan posting a very comfortable total of 260 for the loss of 5 wickets. Malinga finished his quota with another five wicket haul, his second against Pakistan. Two hundred runs partnership was the highlight of their innings which lifted them from 18 for 3 to 260 for 5.
Lasith Malinga had struck Pakistan with his deadly pace in the final match of Asia Cup 2014. All the top four batsmen went back to the dressing room, thanks to Malinga’s fine bowling. The first three fell with only 18 runs in the score board. Misbah and Fawad added 122 runs in the fourth wicket before Misbah was caught at long on after scoring his 37th fifty. Fawad also added 115 in just 58 deliveres pairing with Umar Akmal.
Sharjeel Khan was the first one to go in the first over of their innings after he smashed Malinga for two boundaries in his first four balls. Malinga did not wait to take the revenge as Sharjeel flicked a swinging delivery into safe hands of mid on where Thisara Perera made no mistake. Shehzad and Hafeez were very quick to follow him, both giving Sangakkara a juicy outside edge and suddenly Pakistan became 18 for 3 in five overs.
Winning the toss, Pakistan captain Misbah Ul Haque decided to bat first at Mirpur against Sri Lanka. They have brought three changes in the squad from the one played against Bangladesh. Sharjeel Khan and Junaid Khan return to the XI replacing Sohaib Maqsood and Abdul Rehman.
Sri Lanka have one change with Suranga Lakmal staying in the XI and Lasith Malinga coming in for Ajantha Mendis.