Mirpur: Sri Lanka warmed up for Saturday's Asia Cup cricket final against Pakistan with a three-wicket win over hosts Bangladesh in the last league match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here Thursday.
Chasing a small target of 205, Sri Lanka faltered badly and were reduced to 75/5 but skipper Angelo Matthews struck a fine unbeaten 74 to take the team home safely to 208 for seven with six balls to spare and maintained their unbeaten run in the tournament. Bangladesh fast bowler Al-Amin Hossain got two for 42.
With three wickets down for just eight runs on board, Lahiru Thirimane (33) and Ashan Priyaranjan (24) tried to resurrect the Sri Lankan innings. But after they departed, Matthews took control of the proceedings with a patient 103-ball 71 that had seven fours and a six.
Image: Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake, right, and Angelo Mathews celebrate after winning their match against Bangladesh during the Asia Cup one-day international cricket tournament match in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday March 6, 2014.