A masterly all-round performance by Upul Chandana helped Sri Lanka squeeze out a 116-run victory against the UAE in the Asia Cup.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
Dambulla:A masterly all-round performance by leg spinner-batsman Upul Chandana helped Sri Lanka squeeze out a 116-run victory against the United Arab Emirates in a group B league match of the Asia Cup one-day cricket tournament here today. After an indifferent batting performance saw them being dismissed for a modest 239, the Sri Lankan bowlers skittled out the gulf emirates nation for 123 in 47.5 overs in the day-night encounter at the Rangiri Stadium. Chandana, whose cameo 21 off 24 balls was instrumental in the hosts going past the 200-mark, grabbed four for 22 to help the islanders avoid any major embarrassment in the six-nation tournament. Avishka Gunawardene's well paced 73 off 89 balls was pivotal to the Sri Lankan innings while record breaking off-spinner Muthiah Muralitharan marked his return to international cricket with figures of three for 21. It was a perfect answer to his critics who had derided him for withdrawing from the two-Test tour of Australia citing 'personal reasons'. Left-arm paceman Nuwan Zoysa picked two for 11 to complete the UAE rout. (PTI)