Tha­ranga, Mendis steer Lankans to ti­tle

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

BULAWAYO, Zim­babwe (CMC): HALF-CENTURIES FROM Upul Tha­ranga and Kusal Mendis lifted Sri Lanka to a com­fort­able six-wicket vic­tory over Zim­babwe in the fi­nal of the Tri-Na­tions Se­ries here yes­ter­day.

Play­ing at Queens Sports Club, Tha­ranga and Mendis both hit a joint top score of 57 as the Sri Lankans eas­ily chased down a medi­ocre tar­get of 161 in the 38th over.

They were pre­car­i­ously placed at 42 for three in the sev­enth over af­ter left-arm seamer Brian Vi­tori, in his first game of the tour­na­ment, knocked over Dhanan­jaya de Silva (0), Niroshan Dick­wella (16), and Kusal Per­era (14) in quick suc­ces­sion.

How­ever, Tha­ranga then an­chored two key partnerships, putting on 75 for the fourth wicket with Mendis before adding a fur­ther 49 in an un­bro­ken fifth wicket stand with Asela Gu­naratne, who was un­beaten on 16 at the end.

Tha­ranga’s un­beaten 57 came from 98 de­liv­er­ies and included six fours and a six, while Mendis faced 72 balls and counted ten fours.

Zim­babwe, who beat West Indies on Fri­day to book their place in the fi­nal, had ear­lier been bun­dled out for 160 off 36.3 overs, with Tari­sai Musakanda top-scor­ing with 36 from 37 balls and Sean Wil­liams get­ting a pa­tient 35.

Right-armer Gu­naratne (3-10) and legspin­ner Jef­frey Van­der­say (3-50) claimed three wick­ets apiece while left-arm spin­ner Sa­chith Pathi­rana took two for 26.

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