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Welcome Guest Sign In | Register Most wanted players Series Countries Live Scores Fixtures Results News Features Photos Video & Audio Blogs Statistics Archive ShopMobile News News index|In Focus|RSS Index|The Surfer|News Widget Tweet Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Asian Games men's competition, final SL thrash Afghanistan by 68 runs to take gold ESPNcricinfo staff October 3, 2014 Comments: 13 | Login via | Text size: A | A Sri Lanka, with their golds © Getty Images Sri Lanka 133 (Thirimanne 57, Nabi 4-18) beat Afghanistan 65 (Mendis 3-13, Udana 2-1) by 68 runs Scorecard and ball-by-ball details Despite being dismissed for 133, Sri Lanka fought back and routed Afghanistan by 68 runs to take the gold medal at the Asian Games in Incheon. After Lahiru Thirimanne's fifty steered the innings, Sri Lanka's bowlers made sure the Afghanistan batsmen never got comfortable in the chase and eventually dismissed them for 65. Opting to bat, Sri Lanka were set for a big score and had reached 78 for 1 after 10 overs. But Afghanistan removed both set batsmen - Dinesh Chandimal for 33 and Thirimanne for 57 - and did not let any partnership flourish thereon. Not a single boundary was struck after Thirimanne's dismissal and Afghanistan collected the last seven wickets for only 33 runs, bowling Sri Lanka out with five balls to spare. Mohammad Nabi led the way for his bowlers, contributing with 4 for 18. Afghanistan had a good chance of beating Sri Lanka but failed to get going in the chase. Isuru Udana struck twice in the fourth over and Chaturanga de Silva struck in the next to leave the score at 20 for 3. The other bowlers also closed in on the batsmen, all of them picking at least one wicket. The score soon became 36 for 5 and the remaining five wickets managed to put together 29 more runs. Only three Afghanistan batsmen reached double figures as the team settled for a silver medal. In the third-place playoff, Bangladesh beat Hong Kong by 27 runs after scoring 162 for 6. Shakib Al Hasan's 46 and Mahmudullah's unbeaten 21-ball 35 set up a challenging score for Hong Kong, who managed 135 for 7 on the back of top-scorer Mark Chapman's 38. Two of Hong Kong's top four batsmen fell for ducks which threw them off track early in the chase and Arafat Sunny picked up three wickets for 22 runs to help them win the bronze medal. © ESPN Sports Media Ltd. Login - Register to post comments - Posted by WTEH on (October 3, 2014, 14:42 GMT) I guess BD was very lucky this time, as they could not play SL and now they have plenty of excuses as always why they could not win the gold. If BD played SL then it is obvious it is going to be a similar thrashing as Afgans received. Well now BD fans have some moths to blow their horns until the world cup starts, where they are going to get, I'm sad to say the usual thrashing from regular cricket nations, which normally BD fans will call being unlucky...which they cotinues to have from last two and half decades they played cricket. Posted by S.R.Khan on (October 3, 2014, 14:27 GMT) @Abaa, so now we are awarding medals based on past performance? Why bother playing any matches then? They should have just given SL the gold medal as soon as they turned up because they have the best record. Silver should have automatically gone to Bangladesh and bronze to Afghanistan. Posted by Abaa on (October 3, 2014, 14:17 GMT) @ S.R.Khan - Look back at the stats of games between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and tell me who was more likely to be negatively affected by the game being decided by a coin toss ;-) @ Niaz Ashraf Khan - WHAT ??? Are you for real :-O Please tell me you are kidding ... Posted by on (October 3, 2014, 13:30 GMT) Feeling bad for Bangladesh, they had the strongest team and yet lost to coin toss. Very lucky srilanka and well played Afganistan Posted by shane77 on (October 3, 2014, 12:35 GMT) @ S.R.Khan , are you kidding!! "because they lost a coin toss"... even if it was played off in full, I'm certain the odds weigh against Bangladesh. Nothing against Banga, but that's the real side of life mate. Posted by Dr_Van_Nostrand on (October 3, 2014, 12:18 GMT) The local police were certainly not prepared for the SL fans invading the field as soon as the last wicket fell - I bet they don't see a lot of that in Korea!! Posted by S.R.Khan on (October 3, 2014, 12:16 GMT) @Abaa, you do realize that Bangladesh were playing for Bronze because they lost a coin toss (not a cricket match) to Sri Lanka, don't you? Posted by jutt493 on (October 3, 2014, 11:45 GMT) Well done SL well done AFG they are growing quickly Posted by Abaa on (October 3, 2014, 10:48 GMT) When India Pakistan or Sri Lanka don't show up, Bangladesh wins GOLD ... The moment one of them turns up they are down to 3rd place :-P Wonder where they would stand if all the big 3 sent teams to the tournament! Unless an upset occurs they would stand no chance of making it to the top 4! Posted by Rafelgibt on (October 3, 2014, 10:46 GMT) Congrats to SL, AFGHAN & BAN for winning medals in Asian Games. 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