Lanka defend Asia Cup title

Karachi, July 6:

Sri Lanka beat India by 100 runs to defend their Asia Cup title on Sunday with spinner Ajantha Mendis taking a record 6-13.

India, chasing 274 runs, was dismissed for 173 in 39.3 overs. Sanath Jayasuriya earlier smashed 125.

Mendis’ figures were the best ever in the nine Asia Cups, beating Pakistan’s paceman Aqib Javed’s 5-19 against India in 1995.

Mendis came on in the 10th over after Virender Sehwag (60 off 36 balls) had pushed the score to 76-1. Mendis broke through in his second ball when Sehwag was stumped. An over later, Mendis clean bowled Yuvraj Singh (0) and Suresh Raina (16) before Rohit Sharma was trapped leg before wicket off a pefect off-spinner.

Mendis returned for his second spell and claimed the wickets of Irfan Patan (2) and RP Singh (0) before Chaminda Vaas (2-55) ended captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s innings — caught behind for 49.

Earlier, Jayasuriya smashed 125 off 114 balls before India bowled out Sri Lanka in 49.5 overs. The opener revived Sri Lanka’s innings by adding 131 runs for the fifth wicket with Tillakaratne Dilshan (56).

India hit back in the last 10 overs, conceding just 57 runs with RP Singh claiming 3-67. India struck through Ishant Sharma (3-52) before Jayasuriya launched a counterattack. Parthan finished with 2-67.