Sri Lanka win Asian Games gold in Incheon

It wasn’t a vintage performance by any means, but Sri Lanka added to their bulging 2014 trophy case by winning the Asian Games final by 68 runs, beating Afghanistan in Incheon, South Korea, to take gold.

The Sri Lankans, mostly a second string outfit, aimed to add this title to their Asia Cup and World Twenty20 wins this year, and scored 133 all out in their knock, thanks largely to Lahiru Thirimanne’s 57.

It was a poor effort from them, with only three batsmen reaching double figures, on admittedly tough deck in a city not known for its cricket. Dinesh Chandimal was the next best batter, making 33.

The Afghans bowled well, with skipper Mohammad Nabi the pick of the bowlers. He took four wickets, all in the top six, as Sri Lanka failed to fire.

But in the end the total was more than enough, as the Afghans were all out for 65. They only lasted 17.4 overs, with Najeeb Tarakai’s 17 the best batting effort. Jeevan Mendis took three wickets, the best of the bowlers.

In the bronze medal match, Bangladesh beat HOng Kong by 27 runs, with Shakib-al-Hasanmaking 46 and Mahmudullah 35. Arafat Sunny took three wickets in the chase.