Pakistan to bat first in Asia Cup final

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iol spt mar8 Afridi Reuters Allrounder Shahid Afridi was declared fit as Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat in the final of the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka in Dhaka. Photo by: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Dhaka – Allrounder Shahid Afridi was declared fit as Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat in the final of the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka in Dhaka on Saturday.

Pakistan, defending the title, made two changes as left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman and batsman Sohaib Maqsood were left out. In comes opener Sharjeel Khan and paceman Junaid Khan.

Pakistan had fitness worries over Afridi (hip) and Ahmed Shehzad (shoulder) but both passed fitness test ahead of the match.

Sri Lanka left out spinner Ajantha Mendis who made way for paceman Lasith Malinga.

Sri Lanka have an impressive record of winning the title four times and have been runners-up on six occasions. They won all the four matches in this tournament.

Teams:

Pakistan: Misbah-ul Haq (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sharjeel Khan, Fawad Alam, Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Talha.

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (capt), Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Ashan Priyanjan, Lasith Malinga, Sachithra Senanayake, Chaturanga de Silva, Suranga Lakmal.

Umpires: Nigel Llong (ENG) and Bruce Oxenford (AUS)

Tv umpire: C. K. Nandan (IND)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL) – Sapa-AFP


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