LAHORE: Unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis took five wickets to help Sri Lanka beat United Arab Emirates by 142 runs in the last Group ‘A’ match of the Asia Cup here on Thursday.
Sri Lanka made 290 for nine off its 50 overs before Mendis spun out UAE for 148 in 36.3 overs with a five-wicket burst.
UAE was briefly in the hunt when opening batsman Amjad Ali hit 12 boundaries in his 79-ball innings of 77 before wickets fell at regular intervals once Mendis came on to bowl.
The victory helped defending champion Sri Lanka stay unbeaten in the group. Bangladesh, which lost to Sri Lanka, also qualified for the Super Four stage through its victory over UAE.
UAE made a stunning start after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat, as Zahid Shah trapped Kumar Sangakkara in front with his sixth delivery of the match.
But, Sri Lanka’s opening batsman Mahela Udawatte, who replaced Sanath Jayasuriya, scored 67 off 74 balls.
Mahela Jayawardene hit nine boundaries in his 43-ball 61 before being run out.
Kaushal Weeraratne (40) and Nuwan Kulasekara (37) made valuable late contributions. — AP
Sri Lanka: K. Sangakkara lbw b Zahid 0, M. Udawatte c Tauqir b Al Hashmi 67, M. Jayawardene (run out) 61, C. Kapugedera c Amjad b Tauqir 11, C. Silva c Batuwitarachchi b Tauqir 6, T. Dilshan c Amjad b Al Hashmi 24, K. Weeraratne c Batuwitarachchi b Saqib 40, T. Thushara c Amjad b Zahid 10, N. Kulasekara c Khurram b Zahid 37, A. Mendis (not out) 15, D. Fernando (not out) 0; Extras (b-1, lb-7, w-11): 19; Total (for nine wkts. in 50 overs): 290.
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-114, 3-131, 4-142, 5-180, 6-189, 7-209, 8-262, 9-286.
UAE bowling: Zahid 10-1-49-3, Al Hashmi 5-0-39-2, Aman 2-0-22-0, Saqib 7-0-44-1, Tauqir 10-0-47-2, Khurram 10-0-55-0, Arshad 6-0-26-0.
UAE: Amjad c Weeraratne b Dilshan 77, Arshad (run out) 6, I. Batuwitarachchi c Sangakkara b Thushara 14, Saqib lbw b Mendis 19, Khurram c Sangakkara b Thushara 2, Mohd. Tauqir lbw b Fernando 9, N. Fernandez st. Sangakkara b Mendis 5, A. Shukri c Jayawardene b Mendis 1, Zahid (not out) 6, F. Al Hashmi lbw b Mendis 0, Aman lbw b Mendis 0; Extras (b-1, lb-1, w-5, nb-2): 9; Total (in 36.3 overs): 148.
Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-95, 3-107, 4-114, 5-133, 6-139, 7-141, 8-142, 9-148.
Sri Lanka bowling: Kulasekara 5-2-25-0, Weeraratne 4-1-23-0, Fernando 7-0-40-1, Mendis 6.3-1-22-5, Dilshan 7-2-14-1, Thushara 7-0-22-2.