Updated: Friday, 28 February 2014 00:13 | By Agence France-Presse

Pakistan beat Afghanistan in Asia Cup

Defending champions Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 72 runs in the Asia Cup match in Dhaka on Thursday.

Pakistan beat Afghanistan in Asia Cup

Umar Akmal celebrates after scoring a century against Afghanistan in an Asia Cup game at at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on February 27, 2014 - by Munir Uz Zaman

Umar Akmal hit an 89-ball 102 not out to lift Pakistan to 248-8 in their 50 overs before they restricted their rivals to 176 all out in 47.2 overs.

Five-time champions India, who beat Bangladesh by six wickets in their first match on Wednesday, play Sri Lanka on Friday.

Sri Lanka won their first match against Pakistan by 12 runs on Tuesday. 

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