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Sri Lanka Win A Thriller Against India

Kumar Sangakkara, Thisara Perera
Kumar Sangakkara (right) and Thisara Perera took Sri Lanka to the brink of victory against India
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Sri Lanka 265-8 (Sangakkara 103) beat
India 264-9 (Dhawan 94) by two wickets
Asia Cup game four, Fatullah

Sri Lanka took their second win of the Asia Cup 2014 in thrilling fashion as they defeated India by two wickets with four balls to spare in game four in Fatullah.

After opening the tournament with a 12-run win over Pakistan, they followed it up with a successful run chase, but it needed Thisara Perera and Ajantha Mendis to see them home after Kumar Sangakkara had earlier made 103.

Shikhar Dhawan (94) just missed out on a century as India posted 264 for nine, following that up with an impressive bowling performance to almost clinch the win.

Mohammad Shami and Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets to reduce Sri Lanka to 216 for seven before Sangakkara, Perera and Mendis did enough to see them home.

Kushal Perera also scored 64 at the top of the order while Virat Kohli (48) fell two runs short of extending his run of scoring four consecutive Asia Cup scores of at least a half-century.

Mendis, who struck five runs in two balls, took four for 60 while fellow spinner Sachithra Senanayake returned three for 41.

No match between India and Pakistan could ever be described as anything other than a 'must-win' encounter, but in the context of the tournament, with both sides now suffering a defeat apiece, Sunday's meeting takes on added significance.

Leaders Sri Lanka are next in action when they play Afghanistan on Monday.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results
25th February: Pakistan v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 296-6 (Thirimanne 102) beat
Pakistan 284 (Malinga 5-52) by 12 runs
26th February: Bangladesh v India

India 280-4 (Kohli 136, Rahane 73) beat
Bangladesh 279-7 (M Rahim 113) by 6 wickets
27th February: Afghanistan v Pakistan

Pakistan 248-8 (Umar Akmal 102no) beat
Afghanistan 176 (M Hafeez 3-29) by 72 runs
28th February: India v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 265-8 (Sangakkara 103) beat
India 264-9 (Dhawan 94) by 2 wickets
1st March: Bangladesh v Afghanistan

Afghanistan 254-6 (Asghar Stanikzai 90no) beat
Bangladesh 222 (Mominul Haque 50) by 32 runs
2nd March: India v Pakistan

Pakistan 249-9 (Mohammad Hafeez 75) beat
India 245-8 (Sharma 56) by one wicket
3rd March: Afghanistan v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 253-6 (Sangakkara 76) beat
Afghanistan 124 (Mendis 3-11) by 129 runs
4th March: Bangladesh v Pakistan

Pakistan 329-7 (Ahmed Shehzad 103) beat
Bangladesh 326-3 by three wickets
5th March: Afghanistan v India

India 160-2 (Dhawan 60, Rahane 56) beat
Afghanistan 159 (Jadeja 4-30) by 8 wickets
6th March: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 208-7 (Mathews 74no) beat
Bangladesh 204-9 (Priyanjan 2-11) by 3 wickets
8th March: FINAL - Pakistan v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 261-5 (Thirimanne 101) beat
Pakistan 260-5 (Malinga 5-56) by 5 wickets