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Sri Lanka makes way to Asia Cup Final

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Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 2 wickets in super four match yesterday (14) to enter the final of Asia Cup.

This is the 11th occasion that Sri Lanka qualified for the final.

Accordingly, the Sri Lankan team will meet the Indian team at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday (17) for the Asia Cup.

Mohammad Rizwan (86 not out) and Iftikhar Ahmed (47) put up a 108-run stand to steer Pakistan to a commanding 252 for 7 after rain reduced the match to 42-overs a side contest.

However, Kusal Mendis (91) led a valiant batting display alongside Charith Asalanka (49 not out) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (48) as Sri Lanka overhauled the target in 42 overs.

After losing Fakhar Zaman early, Pakistan’s batsmen have steadied Pakistan’s innings and is turning out to be a worry for Sri Lanka. But it was once again the youngster Dunith Wellalage got the prized wicket of Pakistan skipper Babar Azam. Maiden ODI fifty for Abdullah Shafique making full use of the opportunity he got .

Mohammad Nawaz (12) was dismissed by Maheesh Theekshana on the last ball before the break. Mohammad Rizwan scored 22.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first in a rain-curtailed match.

Sri Lanka made an early inroads as Fakhar Zaman was bowled out cheaply, Babar and Shafique building the Pakistan’s innings.  

Due to intermittent rains, the match was limited to 42 overs for both sides according to the The Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method.

The Pakistan team scored 252 runs for 7 wickets at the end of 42 overs.

Mohammad Rizwan strengthened Pakistan’s scoreboard with 86 runs.

His innings included 2 sixes and 6 fours.

Abdullah Shafique scored 52 runs in 69 balls with 2 sixes and 3 fours for Pakistan.

Matheesha Pathirana managed to take 3 wickets for 65 runs.

Pramod Madushan took 2 wickets for 58 runs.

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Policeman shoots himself dead

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A police sergeant shot himself near the Kotawila Court complex, using his service firearm.

The deceased is a 52-year-old sergeant attached to the Kotawila Police Station.He had killed himself at the police post of the Kotawila Court Complex after returning to work from a prolonged sick leave.

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Political parties to be briefed on Regulation of Election Expenditure Act

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The Election Commission of Sri Lanka has decided to brief all political parties on the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act.

Chairman of the Commission – R. M. A. L. Ratnayake explained that the discussion will be held today (Feb. 27) and on March 06 as the upcoming elections will be the first to be held since the Act was passed.

According to the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act, all expenses incurred for the purpose of elections and campaigns must be limited, he noted.

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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (Feb.26).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows:

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