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Sri Lanka Claim Asian Games Gold Medal

Sri Lanka have won the Asian Games gold medal
Sri Lanka beat Korea in the quarter-finals before claiming the gold medal by beating Afghanistan
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Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 68 runs to claim the gold medal in the Asian Games men's cricket competition in Incheon, South Korea.

Lahiru Thirimanne led his side to victory in the Twenty20 competition as his bowlers put up an excellent defence of a score of 131 all out.

Afghanistan were dismissed for just 65 after Thirimanne had top scored for Sri Lanka with 57 in 37 balls.

Defending champions Bangladesh beat Hong Kong by 27 runs to take the bronze medal, Shakib Al Hasan top scoring with 46 as they posted 162 for six.

Arafat Sunny then took three wickets and Shakib two as Hong Kong were restricted to 135 for seven in reply.

Sri Lanka had advanced to the final at Bangladesh's expense when rain washed the semi-final and they won on the toss of a coin.

In the women's competition Pakistan claimed the gold medal by beating Bangladesh by four runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method in their final.

After scoring 97 for six, Pakistan reduced Bangladesh to 38 for nine in seven overs after they had been set a revised target of 43 to win.

Sana Mir, Nadia Yousuf and Nida Dar all took two wickets.

Sri Lanka beat China by five wickets to win the bronze medal.

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