S Lanka thrash Zim­babwe by eight wick­ets in ODI

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HARARE:

A change of for­mat could not bring a change in for­tunes for Zim­babwe, as Sri Lanka thrashed them by eight wick­ets in the first match of a one-day in­ter­na­tional tri­an­gu­lar se­ries at Harare Sports Club yes­ter­day.

Four days af­ter Sri Lanka sealed a 2-0 Test se­ries sweep, the tourists bowled Zim­babwe out for 154 be­fore chas­ing their tar­get in­side 25 overs to claim a bonus-point vic­tory.

As with the Test matches, Zim­babwe suf­fered from the fragility of their top or­der, fall­ing to 14 for three in the first five overs. How­ever, this time around they could at least point to some chal­leng­ing con­di­tions Harare ex­pe­ri­enced heavy rain over the week­end, and cloudy skies on yes­ter­day morn­ing gave Sri Lanka’s seam­ers plenty to work with. “In los­ing the toss we knew it was go­ing to be tough, but there were too many soft wick­ets,” said Zim­babwe cap­tain Graeme Cre­mer. “This was not a 150 type of wicket.”

The col­lapse be­gan in just the fourth over, when Su­ranga Lak­mal had both Brian Chari and Craig Ervine caught at se­cond slip in the space of three de­liv­er­ies, and in the next over Sikan­dar Raza Butt’s care­less leg­side flick off Nuwan Ku­lasekara found mid­wicket.

Sean Wil­liams was then bam­boo­zled by Sa­chith Pathi­rana’s left-arm spin and was stumped by Niroshen Dick­wella, be­fore Nuwan Pradeep dis­missed Chamu Chib­habha and El­ton Chigum­bura in suc­ces­sive overs to leave Zim­babwe 50 for six in the 18th over.

As in the Test se­ries, it was left to Zim­babwe’s lower or­der to re­pair the dam­age. Wick­et­keeper-bats­man Peter Moor struck a pol­ished 47 and added 55 for the sev­enth wicket with Graeme Cre­mer, and once Moor was trapped lbw by Nuwan Ku­lasekara, Cre­mer mar­shalled the tail to good ef­fect. The Zim­babwe cap­tain put on 31 for the eighth wicket with Don­ald Tiri­pano, who made 19, and was left stranded on 31 not out when No. 11 Ti­nashe Panyan­gara at­tempted one big shot too many. Panyan­gara sliced a de­liv­ery off Asela Gu­naratne to cover to give the all­rounder fig­ures of 3 for 21 in 6.3 overs, while Ku­lasekara, Lak­mal and Pradeep fin­ished with two wick­ets apiece as Zim­babwe were bowled out in 41.3 overs.

“Ev­ery­one did re­ally well,” said Sri Lanka cap­tain Upul Tha­ranga. “The bowlers stuck to the plan and bowled in the right ar­eas. They knew the wicket would do some­thing.”

With Dhanan­jaya de Silva and Kusal Per­era putting on 56 for the first wicket, the re­sult was never in doubt.

Although Per­era was well caught at deep square leg by Sikan­dar Raza for 21 and Niroshan Dick­wella fell for 41 with the tar­get in sight, De Silva fin­ished un­beaten on 78 as Sri Lanka romped home in 24.3 overs.

The tri­an­gu­lar se­ries also in­cludes the West Indies, who will take on Sri Lanka at the same venue to­mor­row. — AFP

B. Chari c Mendi b Lak­mal 7 C. Chib­habha lbw b Pradeep 18 C. Ervine c Mendis b Lak­mal 0 Sikan­dar Raza c Pathi­rana b Ku­lasekara 1 S. Wil­liams st Dick­wella b Pathi­rana 9 P. Moor lbw b Ku­lasekara 47 E. Chigum­bura c Dick­wella b Pradeep 1 G. Cre­mer not out 31 D. Tiri­pano c Ku­lasekara b Gu­naratne 19 C. Mumba lbw b Gu­naratne 1 T. Panyan­gara c Jaya­suriya b Gu­naratne 12 Ex­tras (2lb, 6w) 8 To­tal (all out, 41.3 overs) 154 Fall of wick­ets: 1-13 (Chari), 2-13 (Ervine), 3-14 (Sikan­dar Raza), 4-29 (Wil­liams), 5-46 (Chib­habha), 6-50 (Chigum­bura), 7-105 (Moor), 8-136 (Tiri­pano), 9-139 (Mumba), 10-154 (Panyan­gara).

Bowl­ing: Ku­lasekara 8-2-23-2, Lak­mal 7-0-19-2, Pathi­rana 10-0-44-1, Pradeep 7-1-21-2, Jaya­suriya 3-024-0, Gu­naratne 6.3-1-21-3.

D. de Silva not out K. Per­era c Sikan­dar Raza b Chib­habha N. Dick­wella c Mumba b Panyan­gara K. Mendis not out Ex­tras (2lb, 1nb) To­tal (2 wkts, 24.3 overs) Fall of wick­ets: 1-56 (Per­era), 2-140 (Dick­wella). Did not bat: U. Tha­ranga, S. Jaya­suriya, A. Gu­naratne, S. Pathi­rana, N. Ku­lasekara, S. Lak­mal, N. Pradeep. Bowl­ing: Panyan­gara 7.3-0-37-1, Mumba 4-0-31-0, Tiri­pano 3-0-17-0, Chib­habha 2-0-18-1, Sikan­dar Raza 30-25-0, Cre­mer 5-0-25-0.

Re­sult: Sri Lanka won by 8 wick­ets.

78 21 41 12 3 155

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