Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Asia Cup Final 1986 Article

Read the article of Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Asia Cup Final 1986 - John Player Gold Leaf Trophy (Asia Cup) and John Player triangular one-day international tournament of the Final played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo in 06th April 1986.

Pace bowler Kaushik Amalean's career-best 4-wickets before Middle-order batsmen Aravinda de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga steers to Sri Lanka convincing five-wicket victory over Pakistan and clinch the their historic first Asia Cup title in the final of a Asia Cup.

* SRI LANKA beat Pakistan by five wickets in the Asia Cup one-day international cricket final in Colombo the country's president, Junius Jayawardene declared April 15 a national holiday to celebrate the triumph.

* Thousands of jubilant fans ran on the pitch as skipper Duleep Mendis hit the winning run with 2.4 overs to spare Sri Lanka had been set a target of 192.

* The withdrawal of holders India reduced the competition to a three-nations contest, Bangladesh completed the line-up.

* Man of the match Javed Miandad rescued Pakistan, at one time 32 for four, He made valuable 67, while Mansoor Elahi and Abdul Qadir helped the revival with a late burst of 37 and 30 respectively, Pakistan scored 191 for nine in their 45 overs.

* Brendon Kuruppu and Roshan Mahanama gave Sri Lanka a steady start with 40 for the first wicket, then Aravinda de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga set up victory by adding 97-run stand in 16 overs for the fourth wicket.

* Pakistan made two changes from the side which lost the Asia Cup final to Sri Lanka, Imran Khan, who strained a leg muscle, was replaced by spinner Tauseef Ahmed and pace-man Mohsin Khan replaced Zakir Khan.

Pakistan scored 191-9 in 45 overs with top scorer by Javed Miandad cracked a 67 off 100-balls including four boundaries.

Manzoor Elahi hit 37 off 52-balls including 3-fours & a six, Abdul Qadir blasted a 30 off 19-balls included 2-sixes & a four with strike rate of 157.89 and Saleem Malik scored 23 off 27-balls with 2-fours.

Sri Lanka best bowler by Kaushik Amalean claimed a career-best 4-wickets for 46-runs in 9-overs including a maiden, Ravi Ratnayeke took 2-wickets and one for Ashantha de Mel - Don Anurasiri.

Sri Lanka chased 195-5 in 42.2 overs with top scorer by Arjuna Ranatunga struck 57 off 55-balls including 5-fours & a six.

Aravinda de Silva scored 52 off 67-balls including two boundaries, Brendon Kuruppu hit 30 off 50-balls included 4-fours.

Duleep Mendis hit a unbeaten 22 off 18-balls including 3-fours and Roshan Mahanama scored 21 off 52-balls included a boundary.

Pakistan best bowler by Abdul Qadir picked up 3-wickets for 32-runs in 9-overs, Manzoor Elahi and Mudassar Nazar both took one-wickets.



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