S Lanka beat Zim­babwe by seven wick­ets in 2nd ODI

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Spin­ner Lak­shan San­dakan took four wick­ets and his part­ner Hasaranga de Silva took a hat-trick on de­but as Sri Lanka thrashed Zim­babwe by seven wick­ets in the sec­ond one­day in­ter­na­tional to level the five-match se­ries yesterday.

Sri Lanka cap­tain An­gelo Mathews asked Zim­babwe to bat first and they were bowled out for a pal­try 155 runs. San­dakan played a ma­jor part in dis­man­tling Zim­babwe’s bat­ting or­der and fin­ished with four for 52. De Silva pol­ished off the tail by re­mov­ing the last three wick­ets in suc­ces­sive de­liv­er­ies.

In re­ply Sri Lanka lost two wick­ets for 10 runs and the third at 77. But Upul Tha­ranga with un­beaten on 75 to seal the match for the hosts.

With the win Sri Lanka has lev­eled the se­ries 1-1 af­ter Zim­babwe won the first match by six wick­ets.

Zim­babwe opener Solomon Mire, who scored a cen­tury in the last match, was out for no score this time af­ter be­ing caught be­hind by Niroshan Dick­wella from seamer Nuwan Pradeep.

Hamil­ton Masakadza, the top scorer of the Zim­babwe in­nings, was caught and bowled by Asela Gu­naratne for 41 off 56 de­liv­er­ies.

Mal­colm Waller (38), Craig Ervin (22) and Sean Wil­liams (13) all got off the mark but could not build on the good starts.

San­dakan took the wick­ets of Ervin, Sikan­dar

Raza, Ryan Burl and Peter Moor fin­ish­ing with 452, his best bowl­ing fig­ures in one-day in­ter­na­tion­als. De Silva wiped out the Zim­babwe tail in the 34th over by first bowl­ing out Waller, off the in­side edge. He trapped Don­ald Tiri­pano lbw in the next de­liv­ery and then bowled Tendai Chatara. Only South African pacer Kasigo

Rabada and Bangladesh left-arm spin­ner Tai­jul Is­lam have man­aged to pre­vi­ously take hat­tricks on their one-day de­buts. Chatara re­moved Danushka Gu­nathi­laka (8) and Kusal Mendis (0) to leave Sri Lanka 10 for two. But ul­ti­mately it proved too much for the Zim­babwe bowlers to de­fend their low score. — AP

GALLE: Sri Lankan crick­eter An­gelo Mathews (R) plays a shot as Zim­babwe wick­et­keeper Peter Moor (L) looks on dur­ing the sec­ond one-day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) cricket match be­tween Sri Lanka and Zim­babwe at the Galle In­ter­na­tional Cricket Stadium in Galle yesterday. — AFP

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