UAE missed a chance to stun the world with a victory over Sri Lanka in the second game of the Asia Cup. Sri Lanka could only manage 129/7 in their quota of 20 overs, however, they were able to restrict UAE on 115/9. Sri Lanka started off their Asia Cup campaign with a not-so-convincing win against the UAE by 14 runs.
Sri Lanka kicked off the proceedings in an impressive fashion. Dinesh Chandimal, who opened the innings today for the Islanders added 68 runs with his senior partner, Tillakaratne Dilshan in 9.3 overs. Amjad Javed provided the much needed breakthrough to his team by showing Dilshan the way towards pavilion. This was the only respectable partnership by the defending Asia Cup champions.
Chandimal was the highest scorer for Sri Lanka with 50 runs off 39 deliveries, the second highest scorer of the innings was Dilshan with just 27 runs. UAE’s bowler, Amjad Javed made the lives of Sri Lankan batsmen difficult; he bagged three wickets in his four overs leaking just 25 runs.
After an impressive show with the ball, UAE had the worst possible start, losing their opener Rohan Mustafa on the very first ball of the innings and lost Mohammad Shahzad on the last delivery of that over bowled by the Lankan skipper, Lasith Malinga.
Swapnil Patel was the only batsman from UAE that put up a fight scoring 37 runs off 36 deliveries, other than him no one showed much of a resistance against the Sri Lankan bowling attack. Lasith Malinga hunted four UAE batsmen giving away 26 runs in four overs, whereas, Nuwan Kulasekara cracked three wickets conceding just 10 runs.
Lasith Malinga was awarded the man of the match award for his wonderful bowling in the match. UAE will play their second match of the tournament against the hosts, Bangladesh, tomorrow.