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|Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 5 wickets to win the Asia Cup 2014|
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first and set a target of 261 for Sri Lanka behind Fawad Alam’s maiden ODI century.
The Lankans replied by chasing the total down with five wickets and 22 balls to spare.
Sir Lanka struggled in reply, spinner Saeed Ajmal dismissing opener Kusal Perera and Kumar Sangakkara with successive balls to leave them struggling on 56 for 2.
But Thirimanne teamed up with former captain Mahela Jayawardene and forged a 156-run third-wicket stand spanning 27 overs to put them back on course.
Jayawardene fell for 75 - his highest score in 15 one-day internationals since scoring 107 against India in Kingston last July - but Thirimanne continued to reach his century and all but secure Sri Lanka's triumph.
Sri Lanka went unbeaten in the tournament and claimed their fifth Asia Cup title equaling the tally of India.