Pakistan cricket team is ready to face Sri Lanka in the final match of Asia Cup 2014. The key players Shahid Afridi and Kumar Sangakkara going to set the stage on fire in Dhaka on Saturday. Sri Lanka have been the dominant team in the five-nation event with four straight victories in the league, including a 12-run win over Pakistan in the tournament opener 10 days ago.
The charge was led by Sangakkara, the 36-year-old left-hander who has been in prime form during this tournament with three match-winning innings, making 67 against Pakistan, 103 versus World Cup champions India and 76 against minnows Afghanistan. He remains the leading scorer in the tournament with 248 runs despite falling cheaply for two in Thursday’s last league match against Bangladesh.
Pakistan, the defending champions, bounced back after the loss to Sri Lanka, qualifying for the final with three successive victories against Afghanistan, India and Bangladesh. The mercurial Shahid Afridi fashioned two tense last-over wins, slamming an 18-ball 34 against India before making an astonishing 59 off 25 balls against Bangladesh.
Short boundaries at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium, where even mis-hits land over the fence, appear tailor-made for Afridi, and skipper Misbah-ul-Haq hoped for another power-packed display in the final.