Heaping praise on Lahiru Thirimanne for his match-winning hundred against Pakistan in the Asia Cup final, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said the youngster is shaping up to be the perfect replacement for veteran Kumar Sangakkara once he calls it a day.
Sri Lanka today regained the Asia Cup trophy with a comfortable five-wicket victory over defending champions Pakistan, riding on Lasith Malinga`s five-wicket haul and opener Lahiru Thrimanne`s fluent century, here.
Defending champions Pakistan will have to contend with minor injury issues to key players Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul as they take on a consistent Sri Lanka in the final of the Asia Cup cricket tournament here on Saturday.
Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews today threw his weight behind an out-of-form Mahela Jayawardene and expressed confidence that the veteran batsman would deliver the goods in the Asia Cup summit showdown against Pakistan here tomorrow.
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Monday rejected a complaint from Bangladesh that Pakistani pacer Aizaz Cheema deliberately blocked their batsman Mahmudullah Riyad in the last over during the tense chase in the Asia Cup final.
Refusing to react to the allegations by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) that pacer Aizaz Cheema had indulged in unsporting behaviour during the Asia Cup final against Bangladesh, the Pakistan Cricket Board said it has full faith in the match officials who had conducted the final.
Millions of Indian cricket fans will be praying for a Sri Lankan victory when the islanders take on hosts Bangladesh here tomorrow in their last league match, the result of which will determine India`s fate in the Asia Cup cricket tournament.