Thu, 15 Mar 2012 10:27:42 GMT | By Purnima Malhotra
Asia Cup: The best of Asian rivalry

Sri Lanka Vs Pakistan

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Match: Pepsi Asia Cup - 1st match
Year: 1997
Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Scores: Sri Lanka 239, Pakistan 224-9
Result: Sri Lanka won by 15 runs
Man of the Match: Maravan Atapattu

After a rather comfortable start by the top-order, the hosts were deceived by a below par performance from the middle order which restricted them to just 239. However, the Pakistanis further floundered in their chase as they struggled against the spinners on the Colombo pitch. Jayasuriya picked up four wickets of the middle order men to pack up the visitors 15 short of their target. Attapattu, who scored the bulk of runs for Sri Lanka, 80 off 113 balls, was adjudged Man of the Match.