Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Match Rothmans Asia Cup 1984 Article

Read the article of Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Match Rothmans Asia Cup 1984 - Rothmans Asia Cup triangular one-day international tournament of the 1st ODI match played between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah in 06th April 1984.

All-round display from Arjuna Ranatunga and Roy Dias' unbeaten half-century helped to Sri Lanka convincing five-wicket victory over Pakistan and earned four points in the first match of inaugural Rothmans Asia Cup.

Match Stats :
  • This is the first-ever Asia Cup match played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Sharjah.
  • Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah became the 1st UAE venue to host a One-day international match and the 58th venue in the world to host a ODI match.

Pakistan scored 187-9 in the alloted 46 overs with top scorer by Zaheer Abbas struck 47 off 68-balls including 2-sixes & 2-fours.

Sadaat Ali hit 30 off 61-balls including two boundaries, Mohsin Khan scored 27 off 43-balls including 2-fours, Shahid Mahboob 18 not out and Saleem Malik 17.

Sri Lanka best bowler by Arjuna Ranatunga picked up 3-wickets for 38-runa in 10-overs, Somachandra De Silva takes 2-wickets, Uvaisul Karnain, Vinothen John and Ravi Ratnayeke each took one-wickets.

Sri Lanka chased 190-5 in 43.3 overs with top scorer by Roy Dias scored a unbeaten 57 off 95-balls included a boundary.

Arjuna Ranatunga scored 26 off 40-balls including one-six & a four, Brendon Kuruppu cracked a 25 off 46-balls included 3-fours, Duleep Mendis 20 and Sidath Wettimuny 18.

Pakistan best bowler by Abdul Qadir takes 2-wickets and one for Mudassar Nazar - Sarfraz Nawaz.

This match reported by The Daily Telegraph Staff (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

SRI LANKA gained some compensation for their
recent home Test series defeat by New Zealand by beating Pakistan by five wickets in the opening match of the Asian Cup in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Facing a 46-over total of 187 for nine, they won with 14 balls to spare.

Top scorer was Roy Dias, whose unbeaten 57 earned him the man-of-the-match award. He was well supported by Arjuna Ranatunge, who hit out boldly.

The day had begun well enough for Pakistan after they had been put in on a well-grassed pitch, Mohsin Khan and Saadat Ali putting on 59 at a brisk rate.

Once they had been parted the innings lost momentum although Zaheer Abbas, the captain, pushed up the run rate, hitting two sixes in his 82-minute innings of 47.

Vinodhan John, fast-medium, conceded, only 27 runs in his 10 overs and Uvaisul Karnain merely 19 in seven.

Sri Lanka go into the next match of the triangular tournament against India Sunday chasing the top prize of £35,000.



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