|Asia Cup Tremendous 4, Colombo|
|Pakistan 252-7 (42 overs): Rizwan 86* (73), Shafique 52 (69); Pathirana 3-65|
|Sri Lanka 252-8 (42 overs): Mendis 91 (87), Asalanka 49* (47); Iftikhar 3-50|
|Sri Lanka received by two wickets (DLS technique)|
Charith Asalanka held his nerve as Sri Lanka edged a last-ball thriller in opposition to Pakistan to arrange a gathering with India within the Asia Cup remaining.
Chasing a revised Duckworth-Lewis-Stern goal of 252 of their remaining Tremendous 4 match, Kusal Mendis made an important 91.
With six wanted off the ultimate two balls Asalanka edged Zaman Khan for 4 then calmly labored a pair off his pads.
Pakistan had earlier posted 252-7 due to Mohammad Rizwan’s unbeaten 86 after the beginning was delayed by rain.
The win gave Sri Lanka the runners-up spot within the Tremendous 4 stage and they’ll face table-topping India, who play winless Bangladesh on Friday, in Sunday’s remaining.
“We’re very joyful to return to the ultimate,” mentioned Mendis. “General everybody performed rather well.
“A few wickets went down, however I hoped that Charith would end the sport as he has executed it earlier than. And he did it.”
Abdullah Shafique (52 off 69 balls) and captain Babar Azam (29 offf 35) laid the inspiration for Pakistan’s whole earlier than Rizwan’s spectacular knock, off 73 balls, was supported by Iftikhar Ahmed (47 off 40), whereas Matheesha Pathirana completed with 3-65.
Wicketkeeper Mendis spearheaded Sri Lanka’s reply in a century stand for the third wicket with Sadeera Samarawickrama, who made 48 off 51, however fell 9 runs in need of a 3rd ODI century when he was dismissed by Iftikhar, who took 3-50.
Shaheen Afridi’s two wickets in two balls within the penultimate over appeared to swing the momentum Pakistan’s means, leaving Sri Lanka needing eight from the ultimate over.
Pramod Madushan was run out off the fourth ball, however Asalanka saved his cool, ending unbeaten on 49 to get Sri Lanka over the road in entrance of a raucous residence help on the R. Premadasa Stadium because the clock ticked previous 01:07 native time.
“Sri Lanka performed very properly, higher cricket than us,” mentioned Pakistan skipper Babar.
“We have now not been up to speed within the bowling and fielding. That’s the reason we misplaced the match.”